Dad’s Lake Trail

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17.4 km
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415 m
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Dad’s Lake Trail

The Dad’s Lake Trail is a scenic hike near Boulder, Wyoming, that is popular amongst the backpacking crowd. Used as a gateway into the Cirque of the Towers, this route is well worn! Boasting breathtaking views of the Wind River Range commanding the skyline, this hike packs a punch.

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Indulge yourself in spellbinding views of the Towers of the Cirque and Continental Divide with a fraction of the typical effort required. The Dad’s Lake Trail is an epic excursion that explores dense woodlands abundant with wildflowers and wildlife, lush meadows, and shimmering lakes. While Dad’s Lake is usually just a rest stop on a long journey, this hike is incredible in and of itself. Just don’t forget to charge your camera, the scenery is quite photogenic! Note we encourage hikers to carry a can of bear spray when exploring the area.

Setting out from the trailhead, the Dad’s Lake Hike follows the Fremont Trail north, along Big Sandy River. Soon after your departure, you will reach an intersection, turn left here, and you will be diverted onto the Continental Divide Trail. Now traveling northwest, you will encounter another intersection and continue along the Continental Divide Trail. Wandering through dense woodlands, the path will eventually open to a vast, lush meadow that offers great views of the Wind River Range in the northeast.

Beyond this point, the terrain will become more exposed and rockier, passing Mirror Lake before ultimately arriving at Dad’s Lake. Marvel in the 360-degree views of the encompassing landscape; rest and rehydrate before beginning your return. When you are ready, retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

Getting There

The Dad’s Lake Trail is accessed from the Big Sandy Trailhead off Big Sandy Opening Road.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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