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…

Fresh Tracks

Early yesterday morning we made our way to Lake Owen for a little hike and to see how much longer it's going to be before we can cross-country ski on the Medicine Bow Rail Trail (we're going to need a few more big storms...) We were the only car in the parking lot and we were so excited to be the first tracks in the fresh powder down the trail...or so we thought until we realized how much wildlife activity had occurred since Monday's storm. Every once in a while we'd stop, shove another piece of Halloween candy into our…

The Fuzzy Black Animal on the Trail

So there I was... Hiking on the Medicine Bow Rail Trail from the Woods Creek Trailhead. William was sauntering down the trail right in front of me. Finn was riding along in the Chariot. It was a chilly morning on an easy trail so I was sipping on a mug of Earl Grey with two lemon slices. That's how I roll. About 1/2 mile from the trailhead we saw what I thought were either moose or elk tracks on the side of the trail. In my mind there was clearly a set of adult tracks alongside a set of smaller tracks. It made…