Meadow Lake Trailhead offers isolation for adventurers who wish for it. This is a low-use trailhead that is not recommended for low clearance vehicles or sedans. No corrals or drinking water at the trailhead. No restrooms or campground nearby. This area receives very light use from other hikers and stock, but is a major access for Timico Lake and some supreme back country fishing opportunities.
Trailhead Provides Access To
- Popular Trails Accessed:
- Central section of the Continental Divide Scenic Trail
- Popular Lakes Accessed:
- Timico Lake
- Chain Lakes
The access road to Meadow Lake Trailhead is closed prior to May 15th.
Bridger-Teton National Forest Reminders
- Practice good campfire safety and make sure the fire is completely out before leaving your camping site.
- Be familiar with food storage requirements when camping.
- Organized groups and recreational livestock users are required to have a Bridger Wilderness Permit.
- Come prepared with mosquito face nets, repellent, bear spray, and first aid kit.
- Mountain Range
To reach this remote spot, drive 10.1 miles south from Pinedale, WY on US 191. Turn left onto gravel Burnt Lake Road (aka Boulder Lake Rd. 5106). Meadow Lake is 13 miles on dirt road that gets a bit rough towards the end, but is navigable by 2WD vehicles if you keep it slow. At 7.1 miles from WY 191, stay left at a fork. At 10.2 miles, turn left at a T on Meadow Lake Road, then take an immediate left at another (unsigned) fork. Continue until you reach a meadow with a trailhead kiosk at the edge of the woods on the right. Park in the meadow. If you reach Meadow Lake, you've gone too far. From the kiosk, follow the singletrack that branches uphill to the right from the dirt road. If you miss it (hard to do!), you'll reach a closed gate on the road; turn around and find the trail. (NOTE: This drive is not well-signed, and the trailhead kiosk doesn't even say "Meadow Lake"--so pay attention to these directions and coordinates.)
June thru September
- Traffic Usage
- Official Forest Service Link
- Managing Ranger District