12 Trails of Christmas: Sand Lake Road

I'll admit. In the winter we ski up roads. This is Wyoming, we gotta do what we gotta do. If you've never skied or snowshoed up Sand Lake Road in the beautiful Snowy Range add it to your 'to do' list. To get here park at the Little Laramie trailhead, then hang a left from the parking lot and follow the tracks--there'll be tracks up there unless you hit this place right after a storm. The tracks will lead you right to Sand Lake road and from there you can follow the road for a nice out and back. Our…

12 Trails of Christmas: Aspen Trail to the Haunted Forest Trail

If you're looking for the perfect place for an afternoon of snowshoeing you can't go wrong from the Happy Jack trailhead. We love Happy Jack so much we're talking about it again, with another route to check out, the Aspen Trail to the Haunted Forest Trail. To get here start at the Happy Jack trailhead, head left at the base of the hill following the blue diamond markers on the trees. The trail will head toward the Pole Creek campground but keep going and head to the right before you get to the campground. You'll climb a little bit until…

12 Trails of Christmas: Corner Mountain

Corner Mountain. Chances are that if you've driven up the Snowy Range Scenic byway you've past by the Corner Mountain trailhead a dozen times without stopping to check out the trails. No judgement here--during the summer I pass by these trails a lot without even thinking about it to get up to the higher alpine terrain. But, don't pass by them in the winter. Put your snowshoes in the car and head up there today. Corner mountain has around 4 miles of really fun terrain perfect snowshoeing or cross-country skiers who might be a little bit more advance. What makes…

12 Trails of Christmas: Vedauwoo

When people think of Vedauwoo they think of rock climbing, or mountain biking or hiking or just lazy Sunday afternoons of scrambling on the gigantic granite boulders that rise out of the vast prairie. In the winter we think of something else...snowshoeing! If you think Vedauwoo is magical in the summer you need to go there in the winter when a blanket of white coats the landscape. Usually we just park in the parking lot outside of the fee booth and either head down the road or meander our way through the campground not really following a trail but going…

12 Trails of Christmas: Medicine Bow Rail Trail

The 22 miles making up the Medicine Bow Rail Trail are Laramie's best kept secret...especially in the winter. That's why we're adding it to our list of favorite local places for winter outdoor recreation. If you haven't skied or snowshoed along the rail trail you need it, trust me. With pristine snow, most of it unskied and untouched this is the place to go if you're looking for minimal elevation changes, surprising views and just to get away from the hustle and bustle of some of our more crowded local trails (ahem, Tie City). Be prepared to break track if…

12 Trails of Christmas: Chimney Park

Sometimes we take a break from the blog to do things like this... But now we're back on schedule and coming out you with #5 on our list of favorite winter trails near Laramie, Wyoming and hopefully giving you an idea or two about where to spend your holiday vacation. We've written a lot about Chimney Park this summer, mainly because the trails are super easy, kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible (albeit boring if you're a peak bagger). But, in the winter Chimney Park transforms into a winter wonderland with good snow, groomed ski trails maintained by the Forest Service and…

12 Trails of Christmas: Barber Lake Road

When Al and I were undergrads at the University of Wyoming one of our favorite places to ski wasn't on a trail but up a road, Barber Lake Road in the Snowy Range. Since this road isn't plowed during the winter it's a wonderful scenic place to ski or snowshoe. There are a few different ways to attack this road. You can either park near the start of Barber Lake Road and ski and out and back (or an up and down) or you can park at the top of Barber Lake Road (or even at the Green Rock trailhead)…

12 Trails of Christmas: Happy Jack

We love Happy Jack. Not just because it's a 15 minute commute from our garage to the trailhead but because Happy Jack combines the perfect trifeca of a wicked fast sledding hill with winter trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Sure, you can also fat bike and snowboard on the trails from the Happy Jack trailhead too so I guess that would make it the perfect quintfecta. We also love that the Happy Jack trailhead is just a wee bit more protected from the wind than the Tie City trailhead. (Notice I said wee bit, no part of Pole Mountain is…

12 Trails of Christmas: Snowy Range Trails

Did you know that there are two miles of really fun and really easy cross-country ski and snowshoeing trails just at the base of the Snowy Range Ski Area? These trails are a hidden gem. They are rarely used, sometimes groomed and a fantastic place to take novice skiers or out of town relatives who want a dose of the mountains but might be struggling to acclimate. In fact if I were to put together the perfect day on the mountain that has a little bit of something for everyone it would be a morning of downhill skiing at the…

12 Trails of Christmas: Libby Creek Trail

It's that time of the year. Every outdoor blogger is publishing their must have gear lists, others are doing 12 days of giveaways. But we're doing our own thing. We're going to spend the next 12 days highlighting some of our favorite winter trails. We're calling it the 12 Trails of Christmas. Our hope is that when you have a houseful of company for the holidays all you'll need to do is hop on our website to find the perfect trail where everyone to enjoy a day of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or even winter hiking. First Up: The Libby Creek…