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…

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 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:…

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.…

Never Leave Home Without these 5 Things

It was a bit of a weird morning. Al left early to go set up for the GPS class up at Curt Gowdy State Park and then I headed there with our kids to do some hiking. We were about a mile into Stone Temple Pilot when I got this text message from Al who had finished up and was headed home. "Bad accident. Traffic is stopped on the interstate back to Laramie." No worries, I thought. Traffic will be moving by the time we're ready to leave. An hour later I called Al and to discover that he was…

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.…