Trail Report: Headquarters Trail/Crow Creek Loop

We'd been getting reports of muddy and icky trails on Pole Mountain so yesterday morning we pointed our car in that direction and headed out from the Summit or Headquarters Trailhead West. When we got to the trailhead instead of heading up headquarters trail we headed down toward to the Crow Creek Loop. While we were able to get about 1/5 mile of dry trails in that's about it. This overturned tree smack dab in the middle of the trail is your clue to turn back. Or else you'll be hiking through this. Pristine and beautiful but a total swamp.…

Trail Report: Medicine Bow Rail Trail (Lake Owen trailhead) 6/8/15

Lake Owen is one of my favorite places to hike with kids near Laramie. I like it because I can usually get some good mileage along the rail trail if I promise to let my kids splash around in the lake and play on the caboose at the trailhead after the hike. Yesterday was no exception. We were on the trail by 7:30 am headed from the Lake Owen trailhead to the Lincoln Gulch trailhead. We didn't make it all the way but hiked a few miles down the trail and then back up  finishing with a loop around the…

Trail Report: Pole Creek Trail (6/2/15)

This morning our local hiking group met at Happy Jack for a morning on the trails. It's always chaos when there are a dozen kids scampering down the trail BUT nothing makes me smile more than seeing local kids get outside, get some exercise and learn a little bit about nature. We meandered our way slowly along the Pole Creek Trail and through the old campground stopping a few times to check out a beaver lodge, wildflowers, and insects. If you live in Laramie or Cheyenne you're always welcome to come hike with us! Hikes are posted on our calendar. Here…

Trail Report: Tie City Snowshoe Trail + Campground Loop (6/1/15)

Yesterday (6/1/15) afternoon we caught a break between thunderstorms to head up to Tie City. Our purpose wasn't so much a hike, but an attempt to clean up trash. But we did snap a few photos of the trails, and can report that they are mostly dry but wet and muddy in the lower, marshy areas. There was a fallen tree across the trail at one point, but it wasn't a big deal.     Here were the trail conditions. Date: 6/1/15 Time: 3-4:30 pm Temperature: 50-60°F (ish). Weather: Rainy & Overcast Wind: Slight breeze Trails Hiked: Snowshoe trail & Campground…

Trail Report: Turtle Rock 5/30/15

My kids woke up wild and energetic so I took them to Vedauwoo to try to wear them out. How's that for honest parenting? We hiked, and climbed on the "big big rocks" and splashed in the creek. The morning started cool and a little bit breezy but by 9 am we were down to shirtsleeves and one of my children may or may not have finished the hike pantsless. We did notice that there were several fallen trees across the trail along the upper Turtle Rock trail, so be forewarned if you're mountain biking. There were also several muddy…

Trail Report: Lone Pine State Wildlife Area 5/29/15

Our morning started bright and early when we packed our raincoats and headed to Colorado! Shocking, I know. We spent some time at a Cub Scout Camp where our friends, the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers are having their spring training. Al is teaching a map & compass class and a GPS class tomorrow so we got the course set up and hiked around the camp a bit. Then we decided to head to the Cherokee State Wildlife Area to check out the Lone Pine trail. The actual Lone Pine trail is over 10 miles, but we only made it down the…

Trail Report: Tie City 5/27/15

I spy with my little eye the first wildflowers of the season! Well, they may not be the first but two weeks of travel have kept me away from Pole Mountain where we typically see the first flowers emerge straight out of snowbanks! I sometimes forget how lucky we are to live in Laramie where we can drive 10 minutes from town and be right at the Tie City trailhead. Yesterday our local hiking group met up at Tie City for a few muddy hours of chasing kids down a trail and {failed} attempts to keep them out of puddles and…

On the Colorado Trail with Willow Belden

A few weeks ago I was at a birthday party and met Willow for the first time. Now, I'd known about Willow for a long time--she's kind of a big deal in little ole Laramie but as we got to chatting I knew that I had to interview her for the website. I was happy when she agreed to chat with me. Willow is down to earth, educated, smart and you can't help but want to go on an adventure with her. I hope you enjoy the interview. Be sure to check out her podcast, we think you're gonna like it.…

Trail Report: Turtle Rock 5.5.15

I think I start to go through Vedauwoo withdrawals if I don't get up there at least once a month. Vedauwoo is a magical place. I love it there. This morning I looked at the fog and rain on top of the summit and decided to bundle the kids up anyway and head to Vedauwoo. We hiked along the eastern section of the Turtle Rock trail until they got tired, then I schlepped them out, tossed one on my back and the other in our Chariot and walked up the road and along the paved pathway through Box Canyon (just past…

Trail Report: River Trail (Little Laramie Trailhead) 4.28.15

It was a beautiful spring morning in the Medicine Bow National Forest. We started from the Little Laramie trailhead in the Snowies and meandered along the River Trail. From the trailhead it looked like the trail would be a good mix of snow and dirt so we left our snowshoes in the car. We ended up postholing a bit but the snow wasn't too deep. If you're headed there in the next few days I would recommend snowshoes just in case. Here are the current trail conditions. Date: 4/28/15 Time: 9-11:00 am Temperature: 45-50°F (ish). Weather: Beautiful, sunny, warm Wind: None Trails Hiked:…