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:…

Trail Report: Tie City 4.23.15

I thought it was time to hang up our snowshoes and cross-country skis but Mother Nature had other plans. For that we are thankful! This morning we headed up to the Tie City trailhead to snowshoe with our local hiking group. {Insert shameless plug...if you have kids and like to hike and live in the Laramie or Cheyenne area you're all invited to come hike with us!} Here are the current trail conditions from the Tie City trailhead. Be forewarned that currently the roads to the trailhead (and the Happy Jack trailhead) have not been plowed so be prepared to park & gear-up…

Trail Report: Green Rock

  Sunshine! Blue Sky! I had to head up to the Snowies this morning. It was worth shoving my kids into their snowsuits to get in what just might be one last snowshoe of the season in. Here are the current trail conditions from the Green Rock trailhead. Date: 4/10/15 Time: 9 am-10:030 am MDT Temperature: 35-40°F (ish). Weather: Warm, bright and sunny. Wind: None. At all. It was beautiful. Trails Hiked: Portions of Libby Creek trail Trail Conditions: Soft snow with a nice thick crusty top. We snowshoed but you might be able to get away with just hiking right now. We also only…

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…

FAQ About Snowshoeing

Spring is here. It's snowing one day, rainy the next with blue skies breaking through the clouds in the afternoons. No one is thinking about snowshoeing, we're all waiting for the trails to dry up. But, that doesn't mean that snowshoe season is over. In fact, if you're headed to the high country spring is the perfect time to strap those snowshoes onto your pack.   This is the last post in our 'how to snowshoe' series and we'd like to thank everyone for reading. This series has been HUGE for Just Trails. It's helped us set record-breaking traffic on…