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…

12 Trails of Christmas: Sand Lake Road

I'll admit. In the winter we ski up roads. This is Wyoming, we gotta do what we gotta do. If you've never skied or snowshoed up Sand Lake Road in the beautiful Snowy Range add it to your 'to do' list. To get here park at the Little Laramie trailhead, then hang a left from the parking lot and follow the tracks--there'll be tracks up there unless you hit this place right after a storm. The tracks will lead you right to Sand Lake road and from there you can follow the road for a nice out and back. Our…

12 Trails of Christmas: Vedauwoo

When people think of Vedauwoo they think of rock climbing, or mountain biking or hiking or just lazy Sunday afternoons of scrambling on the gigantic granite boulders that rise out of the vast prairie. In the winter we think of something else...snowshoeing! If you think Vedauwoo is magical in the summer you need to go there in the winter when a blanket of white coats the landscape. Usually we just park in the parking lot outside of the fee booth and either head down the road or meander our way through the campground not really following a trail but going…

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…

12 Trails of Christmas: Chimney Park

Sometimes we take a break from the blog to do things like this... But now we're back on schedule and coming out you with #5 on our list of favorite winter trails near Laramie, Wyoming and hopefully giving you an idea or two about where to spend your holiday vacation. We've written a lot about Chimney Park this summer, mainly because the trails are super easy, kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible (albeit boring if you're a peak bagger). But, in the winter Chimney Park transforms into a winter wonderland with good snow, groomed ski trails maintained by the Forest Service and…

12 Trails of Christmas: Barber Lake Road

When Al and I were undergrads at the University of Wyoming one of our favorite places to ski wasn't on a trail but up a road, Barber Lake Road in the Snowy Range. Since this road isn't plowed during the winter it's a wonderful scenic place to ski or snowshoe. There are a few different ways to attack this road. You can either park near the start of Barber Lake Road and ski and out and back (or an up and down) or you can park at the top of Barber Lake Road (or even at the Green Rock trailhead)…

12 Trails of Christmas: Snowy Range Trails

Did you know that there are two miles of really fun and really easy cross-country ski and snowshoeing trails just at the base of the Snowy Range Ski Area? These trails are a hidden gem. They are rarely used, sometimes groomed and a fantastic place to take novice skiers or out of town relatives who want a dose of the mountains but might be struggling to acclimate. In fact if I were to put together the perfect day on the mountain that has a little bit of something for everyone it would be a morning of downhill skiing at the…

5 Hot Outdoor Dates To Heat Up Your Love Life

It's almost Valentine's Day. Blah, blah, blah. If you're like me the most exciting part of Valentine's Day is actually the day after Valentine's Day when all of that amazing chocolate goes on sale. But, this year Valentine's Day coincides with a full moon! If that's not an excuse to take the love of your life on an outdoor date I don't know what is. Today we're sharing 5 local hot outdoor dates to heat up your love life. Trust me, they're awesome. Go night skiing or snowshoeing. Recently I wrote an article over at Seattle Backpackers Magazine on this…

Trail’ology: I don’t have anyone to hike with!

Throughout my life there have been periods where I prefer the solitude of hiking and skiing alone and other times where I've enjoyed the social aspects of exploring with a group. One common barrier to outdoor adventure is simply not having anyone to explore with. Today on trail’ology we're talking about where to find people to explore with and recommending a few resources to find group hikes or meet new outdoorsy people. 1. Meetup Groups. We like meetup groups! The concept is simple, login, sign up, show up, make new friends and hike (or ski, or snowshoe or cycle etc). In…

How To Pack For Any Adventure

I have a confession. The contents of my daypack never look the same from day to day. Sure, I have the basics (food, water, first aid kit, map, GPS, diapers & wipes, knife, emergency fire starter kit, headlamp etc) but it evolves from there depending on a multitude of factors. Since we're talking about packing this week on the blog today we're sharing a checklist with you that we use when we pack for an adventure. Rather than go down a list (headlamp...check, food...check, socks...check) we try to put a lot of thought into where we're going, what we're going…