Trail Report: Medicine Bow Rail Trail (Lake Owen trailhead) 6/8/15

Lake Owen is one of my favorite places to hike with kids near Laramie.

I like it because I can usually get some good mileage along the rail trail if I promise to let my kids splash around in the lake and play on the caboose at the trailhead after the hike.

Yesterday was no exception.

trail report

We were on the trail by 7:30 am headed from the Lake Owen trailhead to the Lincoln Gulch trailhead. We didn’t make it all the way but hiked a few miles down the trail and then back up  finishing with a loop around the lake.

The trails were dry, (a perfect place if you’re looking for a nice, easy mountain bike ride), the weather was pleasant. We also couldn’t believe all of the amazing regrowth after last year’s fire near the lake and there were wildflowers everywhere!

fire regrowth

A private road which we usually use to access the Lake Owen trailhead is now closed, causing a detour through Albany but don’t let it keep you away from Lake Owen this summer.

Oh, and this sign is wrong. From this point, it’s only 1/2 mile to the Lake Own trailhead from here.


And we’d like to thank some chump who decided to build a campfire ring on the trail. What?

trail conditions

Here were the trail conditions.

  • Date: 6/28/15
  • Time: 7:30 am -11:00 pm
  • Temperature: 50-65°F (ish).
  • Weather: Sunny, clouded up toward the end of our hike
  • Wind: Slight breeze
  • Trails Hiked: Medicine Bow Rail-trail toward Lincoln Gulch and then around the lake
  • Trail Conditions: Trails were dry, there were a few areas where trees had fallen across the trail but it’s such a wide trail that we could easily stay on trail and skirt around them, but keep that in mind if you’re cycling.

We do have a free trail map for the entire Medicine Bow Rail Trail. You can grab it here or check out our app and Trail Deck.

We’re seeing reports of muddy trails at Happy Jack, what are the other conditions in the area?


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