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…

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…

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…