I was out exploring the back roads when I came across the north trail head (off Sand Lake Road) and decided to check it out. It was a relatively easy trail with a combination of woods and open spaces early on. I only made it about 5 miles in when it started getting dark, so I didn't get to see any mountain vistas or Sheep Lake. I did see three moose along the trail, which was pretty cool. Thankfully, my puppy did not. Next time I'll try this one from the Brooklyn Lake trail head. The views are probably much more noteworthy.
Jenny A. on Laramie Peak
was more challenging than expected. I would say the last 1/3 of the trail was hard. the first 2/3 was moderate
We took our dogs (one medium and one large) and they were naturals at rock climbing. So great to have a scenic forest near Cheyenne. The trails were well maintained and weren't too crowded. This was my 2nd time; I would go again to get my hiking fix!
We did some off road camping over the 4th of July weekend. (We have a sweet spot that we go to). So much to do at this great location. Short but fun and easy hiking trail. We did Turtle Rock Trail this time around and then spent the rest of the afternoon bouldering. If you're a climber I'm sure you've heard of this place. There were SO many climbers. Areas for mountain biking too! Didn't see any moose this time, but a couple summers ago we saw a family of three. My husband and I really enjoy going here!
Fantastic trail! Had a bit of trouble finding it at first, but the trail itself was decently maintained, and the views were gorgeous. Once you get to a certain point (very near the top), though, the trail stops and if you want to reach the highest peak you have to make your own way, and if you're very careful can climb onto the highest bit of rock.
Came across one antelope on the trail which ran right across our path, and saw a load of tracks (possibly including elk?) though, besides birds and chipmunks, that's all our party of four saw.
Overall was super happy with the hike and would absolutely recommend it, just bring a lot of water and be prepared to stop for a few breaks along the way to catch your breath after long periods of uphill walking.
Amazing views of the Snowy Range from the southeast. I think I took 50 pictures the first time I hiked it. 1.7 miles up to the saddle +1.7 miles back to the trailhead equals 3.4 miles total, out and back. The option exists to loop over Medicine Bow Peak for an extra 6 miles or so…
Easy access and easy parking leads to my only nitpick – it can be a bit crowded on the trail.
Parked at Libby Lake on Free National Park Day. It was packed! It is normally $5 day fee. My three 6-9 year old's, two dogs and myself hiked over the saddle and camped for the night near Rainbow Lake. Amazing! Did not meet a soul after going over the saddle. Lost the trail a few times, but easy enough to find it again. Saw some moose and marmot. Very cold. Our packs and tent were frozen stiff the next morning. But not us! :)
Started out for North Gap. Wife and Kids were sick of the car before we got there so we stopped at Barber lake instead, about two or three miles below North Gap. Wonderful time the first mile or so is a little civilized, some cabins, cars, etc. After that the real trail begins. A little steep in some places, but overall this is a good family trail after about three miles, the trail forks the lower fork dead ends at a campsite and I assume the other fork connects to Barber Lake.
The Headquarters Trail is a nice easy trail. Everyone from your little ones to grand parents can enjoy. Take a lunch, get out of town for a bit, stretch your legs then head home. It is a nice little hike. It is also a nice place to introduce newcomers to the area. Their first small hike. This is not a loop. This trail is not well marked.