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: 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: Libby Creek Trail

It's that time of the year. Every outdoor blogger is publishing their must have gear lists, others are doing 12 days of giveaways. But we're doing our own thing. We're going to spend the next 12 days highlighting some of our favorite winter trails. We're calling it the 12 Trails of Christmas. Our hope is that when you have a houseful of company for the holidays all you'll need to do is hop on our website to find the perfect trail where everyone to enjoy a day of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or even winter hiking. First Up: The Libby Creek…

Wheelchair Accessible Trails Near Laramie, Wyoming

Recently I spent some time skiing with the Paralympic Biathlon Team on Casper Mountain. To say that the experience was life changing was an understatement. Every day I was inspired by these adaptive athletes and their determination, drive and never-quit attitude. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nnO41m6Rag As I was talking with the athletes and learning about their injuries my thoughts kept drifting to Just Trails. We tried so hard to think of everything when we put together our business model. But, one thing we didn't think about is which trails are accessible to those in wheelchairs or those who might be blind or need…

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Laramie

This summer I've been on a mission. To find hiking destinations with nice scenery, minimal elevation change and trails wide enough to accommodate a jogging stroller because let's be honest--I'd love to ditch the Chariot but 1/2 mile down the trail I'm usually pushing one child and carrying the other. Sure, I like steep technical trails and amazing views as much as the next hiker but since most of the time I hit the trails with William (3) and Finn (1) I need to go for easy. I you're looking to find us on a weekday morning there's a good…

Top Spring Break Adventures Near Laramie, WY

Spring break is almost upon us. It's the time when college students plan on leaving Laramie in search of epic adventures. But, if you plan on staying in town or visiting Laramie, don't worry. There are plenty of places to explore without burning a full tank of gas. The best part about planning a spring break adventure here is that you could be wearing shorts at Vedauwoo one day and ski clothes in the Snowy Range the next. Here are our four favorite local spring break activities. 1) Night skiing or snowshoeing. A few of our favorite places for night skiing…

Our 3 Favorite Places to Snowshoe near Laramie

If you're in the mood for snowshoeing and happen to be near Laramie, or the surrounding area (Cheyenne perhaps) then you're in luck because there are quite a few trail options and even non trail options available to you. But today we're focused on our favorites. So, without further rambling, here are our 3 favorite places to snowshoe near Laramie: Vedauwoo: This shouldn't surprise anyone. It's close to both Laramie and Cheyenne, it has those wonderful rock formations, and it's also prime winter habitat for moose and elk. But there are a couple drawbacks. The snow tends to blow and…

Kennaday Peak Fire Lookout

Are you into visiting mountain peaks with grand sweeping views but aren't interested in walking up hill? Kennaday Peak my interest you because you can drive all the way to the top. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBYAlESbPM Kennaday Peak is located in the northwest portion of the Snowy Range at an altitude of 10,810 feet and has some incredible views of the surrounding area. Some of the highlights are Barrett Ridge to the south, the Platte River Valley to the west, Pennock Mountain and Elk Mountain to the north and of course Medicine Bow Peak to the east.     [caption id="attachment_2517" align="alignleft" width="150"]…

Tie Camp along North French Creek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8sfA75hKqY There is a place in the big meadow on the north end of the Tie Hack Trail where you can just barely see one of the log walls of a cabin. And to be honest, it's hard to be certain that it is a log wall until you start making your way toward it. When you get close you'll realize this is not just a cabin but an old Tie Hack Camp. This is a great site, I counted the remains of seven separate buildings. While none of them have anything left that resembles a roof most have significant portions…

Fire Lookout on Medicine Bow Peak

In the not so distant past there was a fire lookout station on top of Medicine Bow Peak. It was perched right up on the 12,013 foot summit. [caption id="attachment_2321" align="alignleft" width="150"] Taken by W.C. Alden in 1925, part of the USGS Photographic Library[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2320" align="alignleft" width="150"] Similar shot taken in 2012[/caption] It was first established in 1904 and the first lookout was Fred Miller. The Forest Service built the lookout on the summit but Fred built for himself a cabin near lookout lake and a smaller stone shelter on the summit ridge line near the lowest point between…