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jt-clearThe Trail System is open all year.


jt-checkIt is open to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Dogs are welcome.


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jt-clearThere is a fee of $5 per vehicle for each day at the Summit, Tie City, and Happy Jack Trailheads. The Medicine Bow Routt National Forest Day Use Pass is accepted along with all Interagency Recreation Passes.


jt-moderateThe are 9 easy trails totaling 7.4 miles.


jt-moderateThere are 12 moderate trails totaling 12.8 miles.


jt-moderateThere are 10 difficult trails totaling 10.3 miles.


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Recent Conditions

Check out our trail reports for recent conditions on the Tie City and Happy Jack trail system. And feel free to leave your own report in the comments below.

Description

The Tie City and Happy Jack trail system is hard to beat. It is very accessible from both Laramie and Cheyenne and has over 30 miles of unique trails. You could easily spend four weekends in a row here and not run out of new trails.

Most trails are well marked with blue diamonds and signs at the intersections. Additionally there are several unmarked stock trails that get regularly used by hikers and mountain bikers.

For winter sports, the trails that start from the Tie City Trailhead are groomed for cross country skiing by the Medicine Bow Nordic Association. Snowshoers will have more fun starting from the Happy Jack trailhead.

Our friend Roger Ludwig has written several articles about the trails in this area which are all available on his website Away From The Grind. Check out these: Pole Mountain AspensA Pole Mountain SecretCross Country Skiing at Happy Jack Ski Trails, and Headquarters Trail.

Guides

If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the around Tie City and Happy Jack:

Trails

Medicine Bow Peak Trail

The trails range in elevation between 8,400 and 8,900 feet.

The trail difficulty rating is based mostly on winter use activities.

jt-difficult Aspen Trail (1.5 Miles)

jt-easy Browns Landing Trail (0.7 Miles)

jt-moderate Cardiac Bypass (0.2 Miles)

jt-moderate Crow Creek Loop (3.7 Miles)

jt-difficult Death Crotch (1.8 Miles)

jt-moderate Headquarters Trail (4.1 Miles)

jt-moderate Haunted Forest Trail (1.6 Miles)

jt-difficult Middle Aspen Trail (0.7 Miles)

jt-easy Old Happy Jack Road (2.9 Miles)

jt-difficult Pole Creek Trail (1.7 Miles)

jt-easy Snowshoe Trail (1.1 Miles)

jt-easy Spur Trail (1.1 Miles)

jt-moderate Summit Trail (0.6 Miles)

The following trails are groomed in the winter by the MBNA:

jt-easy Alder Trail (0.5 Miles)

jt-moderate Blackjack Loop (0.6 Miles)

jt-easy Campground Loop (0.5 Miles)

jt-easy Gobi’s Loop (0.1 Miles)

jt-moderate Haunted Forest Loop (0.3 Miles)

jt-difficult Lower UW Trail (0.6 Miles)

jt-easy Meadow Trail (0.5 Miles)

jt-difficult Moose Loop (0.6 Miles)

jt-easy Phil’s Pholly (0.9 Miles)

jt-moderate Ridge Trail (0.5 Miles)

jt-difficult Roller Coaster (0.3 Miles)

jt-difficult Summit Loop (1.2 Miles)

jt-moderate Tie City Turnpike (0.2 Miles)

jt-difficult Upper UW Loop (0.7 Miles)

jt-difficult Van’s Loop (1.2 Miles)

Directions

The several trailheads can be reached by traveling on I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie. Get off I-80 and onto Highway 210 by taking exit 323. Or take Highway 210 west from Cheyenne. The Tie City Trailhead is on Highway 210 between mile markers 36 and 37. Happy Jack Trailhead can be accessed by following the signs on Highway 210 between mile markers 35 and 36. There are also two other trailheads that can be reached by traveling down headquarters road (look for signs for Blair-Wallis).

Select the Google Map tab next to the Just Trails Map tab at the top of the page to see a directions map.

You can help other people explore by leaving some comments about the Tie City and Happy Jack Area below.

Tie City Parking Area

Tie City Trailhead

 

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  15. Al |

    Earlier today we spent some time on the trails from the Happy Jack Trailhead. There’s enough snow to ski right now.

    • Judi |

      How are conditions now? What is the snow total?
      Can you recommended a trail and trailhead for experienced skiers?
      Thank you very much!

      • Al Walsh |

        The Medicine Bow Nordic Association web page is the place to go for current snow and grooming information. (http://www.medicinebownordic.org/) Follow the links to their “Grooming Blog.” If you want to ski on groomed trails the only trailhead to use is Tie City. Otherwise I like the Happy Jack Trailhead.

        • Judi |

          I’m used to in groomed backcountry trails but thought we would start at TS. Can you recommend trails that you like?

          • Al Walsh |

            I’m not quite sure I know what you’re asking but up at Tie City, I like to ski out to Summit Loop and I’ll make a few laps putting different combinations of the trails together. One of the nice things about a dense trail network is that there are so many options you can do loops forever.

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