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…

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…

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…

Wheelchair Accessible Trails Near Laramie, Wyoming

Recently I spent some time skiing with the Paralympic Biathlon Team on Casper Mountain. To say that the experience was life changing was an understatement. Every day I was inspired by these adaptive athletes and their determination, drive and never-quit attitude. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nnO41m6Rag As I was talking with the athletes and learning about their injuries my thoughts kept drifting to Just Trails. We tried so hard to think of everything when we put together our business model. But, one thing we didn't think about is which trails are accessible to those in wheelchairs or those who might be blind or need…

Top 10 Reasons to Hike the Medicine Bow Rail Trail

Last week Eve Newman with the Laramie Boomerang asked Al & I this question. "Where's your favorite place to hike?" Like a total wimp I blurted out, "The Rail Trail!" The rail trail. It's flat, long and relatively boring. I publicly admitted that it's my favorite trail. There goes my dignity. But it's true. I love the rail trail and here's why. 1) You never know what you're going to see on the Medicine Bow Rail Trail.  At the start of a hike about a month ago I saw a cow try to jump over a picnic table at the Woods…

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Laramie

This summer I've been on a mission. To find hiking destinations with nice scenery, minimal elevation change and trails wide enough to accommodate a jogging stroller because let's be honest--I'd love to ditch the Chariot but 1/2 mile down the trail I'm usually pushing one child and carrying the other. Sure, I like steep technical trails and amazing views as much as the next hiker but since most of the time I hit the trails with William (3) and Finn (1) I need to go for easy. I you're looking to find us on a weekday morning there's a good…

Top 5 Reasons to Climb Medicine Bow Peak

Imagine sitting at 12,013 feet downing a handful of M&M's and looking at a view like this. Not too shabby huh? One of our favorite hikes of all time is the trek up to the top of Medicine Bow Peak and consequently, it's our most popular trail page. A few weeks ago we headed that direction and we were amazed at how many people were climbing to the top. This peak does not discriminate. We saw old people, middle-aged people, teenagers, and even another family packing a baby to the top (right on!). We saw people hiking in blue jeans, running…

3 Favorite Snowshoe Trails Near Laramie, WY

Spring is almost here but there's still good snowshoeing to be had. If you've been following our "how to snowshoe" series this winter you know that spring is one of our favorite times to snowshoe, especially since a trailhead might be dry but you might find yourself post-holing a mile up the trail. If you're in Southeastern Wyoming or visiting this awesome part of the state during the winter months here are a few of our favorite places to snowshoe. 1) Medicine Bow Rail Trail. We like to park just past Chimney Park and hop on the rail trail. Rarely…

5 Hot Outdoor Dates To Heat Up Your Love Life

It's almost Valentine's Day. Blah, blah, blah. If you're like me the most exciting part of Valentine's Day is actually the day after Valentine's Day when all of that amazing chocolate goes on sale. But, this year Valentine's Day coincides with a full moon! If that's not an excuse to take the love of your life on an outdoor date I don't know what is. Today we're sharing 5 local hot outdoor dates to heat up your love life. Trust me, they're awesome. Go night skiing or snowshoeing. Recently I wrote an article over at Seattle Backpackers Magazine on this…