Be Nice to Box Canyon

Have you strolled through Box Canyon lately? It's one of my favorite places to go when I just have a few hours and need to get outside. Our kids love climbing the rocks. We love having picnic dinners in the canyon. Or packing library books in to read as we're perched on the top of a rock formation. We go there at least once a week. I love Vedauwoo and a walk through Box Canyon is the perfect place for families. But lately I've been sad, and angry when I walk through the canyon. Because of things like this. Excuse…

What You Need To Know About the Snow Survey Cabin

Last weekend we headed to the Snowies to celebrate our oldest kiddo's 5th birthday. We're all about birthday adventures at our house and our kids are all about trying to stay in every single Forest Service cabin that exists. So naturally we had to check out the Snow Survey Cabin on the back side of Medicine Bow Peak. We'd heard great things about this cabin, especially in the winter since it has propane heat and lights. But since we didn't get up there last winter July seemed like a decent enough time to go, even though we booked our stay in…

Book Review: Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook

A while back we were given a copy of “Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook,” Second Edition, by Dr. Spike Briggs and Dr. Campbell Mackenzie to read and review. Since then I’ve spent a little time with it and in general I’ve been very impressed. This book is very well organized and everything from the layout to the binding and type of paper is designed to be used in the field. I think the biggest advantage to this book is the extensive useof flow charts and it’s step by step construction. This is appropriate given the book's target audience of traveler since…

What You Need To Know About Medicine Bow Peak

So, maybe you've lived in Laramie your entire life and climbed to the top of Medicine Bow Peak dozens of times. Or, perhaps you're new to town and looking to learn more about this iconic peak. Regardless we thought we'd talk about one of our favorite places (ever!) on the blog today, 'The Peak.' The best place to start if you're looking to summit this peak is on our trail page, where you can learn more about the trek to the top and print off a FREE downloadable trail guide. We also have an entire map card dedicated to this…

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About the Little Brooklyn Lake Guard Station

The Little Brooklyn Guard Station. This iconic cabin in the Snowy Range is a place that you need to experience. I stayed at this cabin twice this winter and here are a few things that might help you plan a weekend there. Little Brooklyn Lake Guard Station from Just Trails / Hike Like A Woman Book the cabin early. You can book it up to 6 months in advance, if you're looking to reserve it for a special day then it might be worth it to get up at midnight to make your reservation. I'm not joking. Currently renting the cabin…

Toddlers & Seniors Hit the Trail Together

A few months ago the Little Laramie Hikers, a local kid-friendly hiking group that I started a few years ago ran into another local hiking group at Curt Gowdy State Park. We were at the Visitor's Center gawking at the mountain lion and wrangling kids in the parking lot when the Seniors on the Go pulled up. The were fit, energetic and headed out on a much faster and more rigorous hike than us. I was curious about the group so I started stalking them on facebook. I learned that both of our groups had similar goals and objectives. And…

How do I climb a 14er? (Reader Question)

Lately, we've been asked a lot of questions about things like gear, equipment and hiking in general. It's awesome, we love being able to share our thoughts. Instead of keeping the conversation confined to an email or social media conversation, we're going to start publishing more Q&A's right here too. At the end of August I headed to Colorado to climb Mt. Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross with a few friends. They were my first 14ers. I write a trip report over on our sister site, Hike Like A Woman and it's been crazy popular. But it also generated a…

3 More Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Laramie

Last summer we published a list of our top kid-friendly hikes near Laramie. Those hikes include the following: Chimney Park Medicine Bow Rail Trail Lake Owen Loop Pole Creek Trail Bear Lake When I originally wrote this post I thought it was a bit incomplete so today I'm going to add three more kid-friendly hikes. Lake Marie to Mirror Lake. I hesitated in putting this path on the original list because it's a paved route, not a dirt trail and we're all about bonafide trails around here. Just park at Lake Marie in the Snowies and follow the path up…

How To Climb Medicine Bow Peak With Kids

  Last week a friend posted this question on the facebook page of our local kid-friendly hiking group. Any tips for a family hike up Medicine Bow Peak? Best trailhead? It just happened to coincide with some other questions we've been asked lately regarding taking kids to the top of the peak. So, I thought it'd be a good time to talk a little bit about climbing Medicine Bow Peak with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Medicine Bow Peak is the highest peak in the Snowy Range at 12,013 feet. It is part of a rugged ridge line that towers over…

How to get to Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls. It's a cool place and we get a lot of questions about how to get to the falls. Curt Gowdy State Park does a great job of marking trails and trail intersections, but it can be tricky to find the best route. We see people up there all the time looking for the waterfall and on the wrong trail. We thought we'd dedicate a post to Hidden Falls and give you a few tips for this hike. We're going to break it down into the most popular route, the easiest route, and a fun loop. Most Scenic/Popular Route:…