West Lake Marie

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

West Lake Marie

This scenic trailhead parking area provides access to trails ranging from easy to difficult, beautiful views of alpine lakes, wildlife, and Medicine Bow Peak, and a place to stretch your legs with easy access to Medicine Bow Peak TrailTipple TrailLakes Trail, and Lake Marie Falls.  The Lake Marie Trail is a paved, accessible trail that connects to Mirror Lake Picnic and Fishing Site. This parking area provides a perfect basecamp for exploring trails or making a quick stop along the Snowy Range Highway, with two vault toilets. Recently, a small picnic area with 3 tables with fire rings has been added and is suitable for small groups. Parking and picnic area access are non-reservable and are usable on a first come, first served basis.

This spot is incredibly popular in the summer, and parking can be difficult. If parking is not available, do not park on the roadside or block other vehicles; please explore another beautiful destination nearby. If you are planning a larger gathering, consider nearby locations with better infrastructure for larger groups, such as Tipple Trail, Silver Lake Campground, Mirror Lake Picnic and Fishing Site, or Lewis Lake Picnic Site. These, while also popular, are further removed from the highway and have larger parking areas.

Access to the area by car is available while the Scenic Byway is open, usually Memorial Day through October, weather permitting. Winter access is available by snowmobile.

As services are increased at this area, please make sure to check all posted signage for safety information, restrictions, and any potential fees.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Highway 130 is open to vehicles. Late and early snow is common.
Operational Hours: Open year round, with highway access Memorial Day to late October, and snowmobile access in winter.
Reservations: Reservations not available
Area Amenities: Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Free
Permit Info: Due to site popularity, special use and event permits are not typically approved for this area. For more information on special use permits, visit our Event/Commercial Permits page.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Centennial, WY; Saratoga, WY
Water: No Water Available
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Information Center: Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District
2171 South Hwy 130
Saratoga, WY 82331

General Information


From Centennial, WY, head west on Highway 130. Continue 14.1 miles, then turn right into the parking lot.

From Saratoga, WY, head south on Highway 130. After 7.8 miles, turn left onto Highway 130, then continue 26.2 miles and turn left into the parking lot. 

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