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…

5 Things You Need for an Epic Spring Break

Every year as a kid spring break was a big deal. My family didn't travel anywhere but we did use the time to ski, hike, play outside, visit Yellowstone and see how much fun and adventure we could cram into a week. As an adult I think it's important to take a little spring break too--even if it just means skipping a day of work to head into the mountains or taking the time to clean out the garage, slap some storage wax on the ski's and tune the bike. We've written about spring break adventures before & even written…

Trail Report: Shoreline/Crow Creek/Granite Ridge (Curt Gowdy State Park) 3-10-15

Something weird happened today. Normally I'm all about enjoying the snow before it melts into spring. But today I just didn't feel like layering my kids up and dealing with the hassle that is all the extra gear we need when we ski or snowshoe. So, we hopped in the car and headed to Curt Gowdy State Park. I was curious what the trail conditions were and I knew that we'd find mud and that alone would make my kids happy campers. We spent a few hours wandering around the park. We hiked on portions of the Shoreline, Crow Creek…

Trail Report: Turtle Rock 3-8-15

It's been slow around here lately. I spent last week in Vermont with my biathlon team coaching at the National Guard biathlon championships. While I've been hitting the trails on cross-country ski--they haven't been our local trails. But this morning I broke away with a few friends to go check out the trail conditions at Vedauwoo. It was a beautiful bluebird day, the kind of spring day where we left our snowshoes in the car but wished we would have had them in certain places, microspikes in other places, our trekking poles for extra grip on the icy trail. We…

Trail Report: Tie City Trail Network 2-22-15

This morning Al said to me "Hey, Rebecca you should go skiing. I'll hang out with the boys but you should go and have some fun." I wanted to go skiing, and the offer of a few hours of kid-free skiing was too good to pass up but I also wanted to sit in front of the fireplace wrapped in a fleece blanket working on my new baby, the Hike Like A Woman website. Finally about 10:30 I peeled myself from the couch, changed into my ski clothes and headed up the mountain. And I am so glad I did.…

Trail Report: Tie City Snowshoe Trail

Winter has returned to Pole Mountain, well at least for now. This morning we loaded up the car and headed to the Tie City to snowshoe along the multi-use snowshoe trail. It was a beautiful morning. Here were the current trail conditions: Date: 2/18/15 Time: 9-10 am MST Temperature: 25-30°F & warming up Weather: Sunny with a few scattered clouds Wind: Breezy but not knock you on your ass windy Trail Snowshoed: Multi-use trail (perfect for fat bikes and snowshoes) Snowpack: Windblown and balding on the summit (how's that for creative writing) but surprisingly nice and deep through the forest. Snow…

12 Trails of Christmas: Tie City/Happy Jack Multipurpose Trails

In the summer it feels like there's sometimes angst between mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers over trail usage.  In the winter we have our own set of trail issues: cross-country skiers vs snowshoers vs fat bikers. Skate skiers like and need a nice wide groomed platform of packed snow to ski. Classic skiers like to in a perfectly placed track. Backcountry skiers work really hard to break their own tracks on a non-groomed surface. It's the same with snowshoers. I get it when skate skiers are ticked because snowshoe crampons dig into the trails or classic skiers get annoyed…

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: Happy Jack

We love Happy Jack. Not just because it's a 15 minute commute from our garage to the trailhead but because Happy Jack combines the perfect trifeca of a wicked fast sledding hill with winter trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Sure, you can also fat bike and snowboard on the trails from the Happy Jack trailhead too so I guess that would make it the perfect quintfecta. We also love that the Happy Jack trailhead is just a wee bit more protected from the wind than the Tie City trailhead. (Notice I said wee bit, no part of Pole Mountain is…

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…