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:…

5 Essentials for Hiking at Curt Gowdy State Park

When it comes to packing and planning for a hike we've all heard about the '10 Essentials' -- a list of 10 items that you should always have in your daypack. Here they are: Navigation tool Sun protection Insulation Illumination First aid supplies Fire Repair kit Nutrition Hydration Emergency shelter I'm all about being prepared for an emergency, but I'm also all for packing light so I can move fast, especially when accompanied by children and all of their extra gear. (and by gear I mean snacks) We've found ourselves at Curt Gowdy State Park a lot this spring and summer.…

Trail Report: Stone Temple/ Ignoramus 4.25.15

Confession: I went hiking at Curt Gowdy State Park on both Friday and Saturday. Maybe it's because after Thursday's adventure at Tie City I just didn't feel like putting my kids into snowsuits and strapping on snowshoes. Or maybe it's just because in the past few months I've fallen in love with Curt Gowdy State Park. Whatever it is we spent a lot of time on Stone Temple and Ignoramus this weekend. Here are the current trail conditions as of yesterday, although that I'm sure with last nights rain you can count on more mud. Date: 4/24 & 25/15 Time: 8-11:00 am…

Trail Report: Shoreline/Crow Creek/Granite Ridge (Curt Gowdy State Park) 3-10-15

Something weird happened today. Normally I'm all about enjoying the snow before it melts into spring. But today I just didn't feel like layering my kids up and dealing with the hassle that is all the extra gear we need when we ski or snowshoe. So, we hopped in the car and headed to Curt Gowdy State Park. I was curious what the trail conditions were and I knew that we'd find mud and that alone would make my kids happy campers. We spent a few hours wandering around the park. We hiked on portions of the Shoreline, Crow Creek…

Top Spring Break Adventures Near Laramie, WY

Spring break is almost upon us. It's the time when college students plan on leaving Laramie in search of epic adventures. But, if you plan on staying in town or visiting Laramie, don't worry. There are plenty of places to explore without burning a full tank of gas. The best part about planning a spring break adventure here is that you could be wearing shorts at Vedauwoo one day and ski clothes in the Snowy Range the next. Here are our four favorite local spring break activities. 1) Night skiing or snowshoeing. A few of our favorite places for night skiing…

Top 3 Hikes Near Laramie

Do you ever have one of those days where you just have an hour or two but absolutely need to go play in the mountains? [caption id="attachment_1271" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Curt Gowdy State Park[/caption] One of the things we love about living in Laramie is that we're just a 15 minute drive from Pole Mountain, and a 30 minute drive to Vedauwoo and Curt Gowdy State Park. Here are our top 3 favorite hikes within 30 minutes of Laramie. Turtle Rock Trail: 2.3 miles of beauty in Vedauwoo. The best part about Turtle Rock Trail is stopping to boulder and take…