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…

How to get to Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls. It's a cool place and we get a lot of questions about how to get to the falls. Curt Gowdy State Park does a great job of marking trails and trail intersections, but it can be tricky to find the best route. We see people up there all the time looking for the waterfall and on the wrong trail. We thought we'd dedicate a post to Hidden Falls and give you a few tips for this hike. We're going to break it down into the most popular route, the easiest route, and a fun loop. Most Scenic/Popular Route:…

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.…

Finding maps, rulers, and good websites.

Where is the best place to get maps? How about map tools? What are some good websites for weather? Maps: [caption id="attachment_2628" align="alignright" width="150"] I downloaded this Map from the USGS site[/caption]  If you are only interested in topographic maps then you can't beat the USGS Map Locator and Downloader. Through this website you can download a PDF version of any USGS map for free or you can order one (prices vary based on type) and have it shipped to you. This is my main source for maps, I've downloaded a ton, ordered several, its easy and they have great…

Topographic Maps

Ever wonder how to read a topographic map? Our video has the answers or check out the text version below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BovKMfr0BkA What are all those wiggling random lines doing on your map? Those are contour lines and you are looking at a topographic map commonly shortened to just a topo map. These lines provide a way to show elevation, a third dimension, on a flat two dimensional map. This is possible because each contour line represents a specific elevation. Darkened contour lines have their elevation labeled on the map itself. The lines between them are set apart at intervals defined…