Curt Gowdy State Park - Trail, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Curt Gowdy State Park - Trail, Cheyenne, Wyoming

DESCRIPTION

As of summer 2007, 15-plus miles of new trail are now in place and ready to ride. Maps are posted at the trailhead and at trail junctions.
The mileage will increase as new trails being planned and constructed.

Curt Gowdy offers a diverse network of trails for which ratings range from beginner to expert. Most of the trails were handbuilt with mountain bikers specifically in mind.

The system is so new that no trail names have officially been determined. The routes are temporarily designated by letter, with names to be assigned by 2008.

Curt Gowdy State Park is punctuated by granite outcroppings ranging from boulder-size to enormous, and it is this preponderance of rock that defines the mountain biking experience.

Intermediate riders should try Trail A, a four-mile loop that offers a modest degree of technical challenge, some of which can be bypassed by short alternative trails.

More advanced riders will like Trail H, which offers numerous tight spots and rock hurdles, and experts will want to test their mettle on the large, steep granite slabs of the short but sick Trail I.

Beginniners will enjoy the flat and smooth Trail K, which meanders along the shoreline of Granite Springs Reservoir for most of it's nearly three-mile length.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 05, 2012]
WuJJ
Downhiller

$6 fee per car entry into the park.
trail map: http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/pdf/CurtGowdyTrailMap.pdf

A hardtail or short travel full suspension bike would be best here. Mostly short climbs and descents. The blue trails on the map are mostly fast and smooth singletrack. The red and black trails have some rocky and slow sections with some rock slabs - nothing too extreme.

Overall, a fun ride with some good scenery. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the Cheyenne or Laramie area.

Customer Service

For the Mountain Trail side, I would recommend riding it counter clockwise.
Stone Temple > Igneoramus > Rock N Roller > 2% > Stone Temple > Pinball > right on Crow Creek Trail > check out Hidden Falls > back track on Crow Creek > Mo Rocka (ride all of it, it's awesome) > Crow Creek

This took me a less than 90min, including the stop at Hidden Falls. If you feel like riding more, continue on the Reservoir Trail System.

Similar Products Used:

Happy Jack near Laramie and Casper Mountain in Casper.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 04, 2009]
Team Fubar Rider
Weekend Warrior

Our "group" took a road trip to Curt Gowdy for a weekend get away. Unbeknownst to us, there was an 8 hour race taking place this same weekend. It mattered not, as we were able to ride the trails on the Southeast side of the park, down around the reservoirs during the race. We ran into Tim (one of the masterminds of the trails) and he told us of the future plans for Curt Gowdy. I am telling you they have done an unreal job of building trails and it sounds like there is more great stuff on the horizon. There is everything from technical, rocky, slow stretches, wide open, swoopy stuff and everything in between. Over the course of the weekend, we rode 35+ miles of singletrack without doubling back over the same trail (except for a couple of exceptions to link up a new loop).

I (as I am sure the rest of our group does) HIGHLY recommend this trail system. While I am sure the "locals" want to keep it more low key and its location will help keep it that way, it is an EASY drive from everywhere from the Black Hills to the Southern end of the Front Range.

Customer Service

A person could do it in all in one long day, or take a couple days, ride all the stuff on one "end" of the park on one day and do the other "end" on the next day. As I said, we rode all the stuff down around the reservoirs (Shoreline, Canyon Trail, Crystal Ridge) as well as some of the "mountain trails" end (Granite Ridge, Crow Creek, Mo'Rocka) on the first day, and the second day we rode the rest (more Crow Creek, Mo'Rocka, El Alto, Pinball, Stone Temple, Albert's Alley, Rock N' Roller, Sammie's Slide, 2% and Ignoramus).

The reservoir trails are more of an out and back and the others all share a common trail head, which loops back upon itself. Loop together as many as you want/can. Make sure you hit the technical stuff like El Alto and 2%. Nothing too difficult but tons of fun!

Similar Products Used:

Not sure. There is other stuff in the Happy Jack area (not far away) which seems like it would be similar to the "mountain trails" end of the park. I'll have to report back...I will be visiting the area again SOON.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 18, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

These trails are great. The terrain is rolling and varied with sections of slalom turns, technical rock problems, quick decents and transitions, and even portions of slickrock. There are so many combinations of loops and routes that you can make a day out of it before hanging by the lake to knock one back. Plus its secluded...i saw no one. Check it out.

Customer Service

Crow Creek to MoRock to Stone Temple and on and on and on...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 25, 2008]
Mullet3
Weekend Warrior

Newer trail system with everything from flowing beginner trails to advanced technical. Some of the technical was too tough for me, but I rode all of A trail last night and really enjoyed it. Go to the Wyoming State Parks website and look at the brochre for a pdf trail map.

Customer Service

Ive only ridden A Trail (Stone Temple), L trail and E-trail.

Similar Products Used:

Happy Jack and forest service roads.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 17, 2008]
MtnSpectre
Cross Country Rider

Rode "A" loop yesterday. It was easy to find without a trail map. I was hoping they would have some at the entrance to Granite but couldn't find any. There were, however, maps posted at the trailhead and along the route. Once you were on the trail it was very easy to follow. I really enjoyed riding it! Big change from the trails I am normally riding in SE Georgia! I am also going give it a higher aerobic level due to the fact it whooped me in the beginning. I suspect mostly because of the elevation differenct from sea level to what ever it is there.....ha ha. Anyway, I still really enjoyed riding this trail and wished that I would be able to spend more time in the area to sample the rest of the trail system out there!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 11, 2008]
Spin Psycho
Cross Country Rider

Trail A is a four mile loop that beckons to a wide range of riders, offering a modest degree of technical challenge throughout. Bonus opportunities for advanced riders wanting to hone their skills can be found at the so-called ‘Rock Gym’ and or at nearby Hardy’s Rock.

Trail E twists and turns along the banks of Middle Crow Creek and is suitable for all types of riders, from beginners to expert. A few technical spots challenge riders as they make their way to the trail’s western terminus at the so-called Hidden Falls, but these spots can easily be negotiated by dismounting and walking a few steps.

Trails B & C, accessed from Trail A, wind around and over rocky knobs which distinquish the north side of Curt Gowdy State Park. Both trails offer rock gardens, short steeps and slickrock sections guaranteed to bring smiles and possibilities bumps and bruises. Specific challenges include Offcamber and Kevins slabs and several huck spots.

Trail I may be one Curt Gowdy’s shortest designated trails, but it’s also the steepest. A prominent feature of this advanced-to-expert route is the extreme Fishtail Slab, which with a pitch exceeding 45 degrees, demands respect from even most hard-core rider.

Trail J climbs Corkscrew Hill, which presents a great opportunity for intermediate riders looking to improve their singletrack climbing skills. It reaches a high point along the toe of the notorious Fishtail Slab of Trail I, and from this point, rides can head in either direction for a flowing and exhilarating downhill run.

Trail K, mostly flat, wide and smooth, appeals mainly to beginner and novice riders, as it hugs the shoreline of Granite Springs Reservoir for close to three miles. The trail is a perfect venue for families with young children or those simply wanting to experience off-road bicycling for the first time.

Trail L snakes through numerous granite outcroppings along the park’s western boundary. Intermediate and advanced riders alike will enjoy the many twists and turns as well as vistas of prominent rock formations including Stone Temple and the Chameleon. The trail’s highpoint connects to an alternate loop which features a series of steep slab climbs guaranteed to tax even the fittest rider’s legs and lungs.

Customer Service

Beginner: Trail K out and back.

Intermediate: Trail A Loop and/or Trail E out and back.

Advanced: Trail A to Trails B and C; Trail E to Trail H.

Expert: Trail J to Trail I

Similar Products Used:

Headquarters Trail or Goat Trail downhill off of Summit Loop (Happy Jack).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 02, 2007]
Cunning Runt
Weekend Warrior

Curt Gowdy has 16 miles of sweeeet new trials designed and built to IMBA standards. This is the only completely designed IMBA system in the region. The trails are great riding, but also good for hiking and running. There are trails for all skill levels, including some sick lines that only an advanced rider can clean. The granite is the best feature of the park and makes for great slick rock riding, this includes a granite slab that is over 600 feet long at a 20-30 degree pitch. In several areas the trails parallel the creek and reservoir including a nice run up Crow Creek Canyon to Hidden Falls. The trails are a stacked loop system and do not provide opportunities for massive climbs or long extended cross-country tours.

Customer Service

The I Trail is sick. Ride the B Trail in a clockwise direction or the H Trail in a counter clockwise direction.

Similar Products Used:

Thge Headquarters Trail at Happy Jack

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 22, 2007]
dauwalt
Weekend Warrior

This new trail systems represents a great network for a variety of skill levels. Link up different trails for a unique riding experience each time out. They're still adding trail on the more difficult loops. Don't forget to visit Hidden Falls. Curt Gowdy can now be a weekend destination for bikers, with camping, fishing, and bike trails.

Similar Products Used:

Happy Jack, Vedauwoo

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 18, 2007]
WyoMountainGoat
Cross Country Rider

A diverse system of handbuilt singletrack trails designed for all classes of riders. As of summer 2007, about 15 miles of trail open; more mileage to be added as planning and consruction continues.

Trails have temporary letter designations pending

Customer Service

Beginners: K Trail from Aspen Grove trailhead to Granite Springs Dam and return (5.5 miles roundtrip)

Intermediates: A Loop Trail beginning and ending at trailhead (4 miles), or E Trail from causeway to Hidden Falls and return (4 miles rt).

Advanced: From trailhead, begin on A Loop Trail to D Trail, then E Trail to H Trail (4.5 miles out and back), or A Loop Trail to B Trail (3 miles out and back).

Difficult/Expert: From causeway, up 'Corkscrew Hill' on J Trail, then loop on rock slabs of Trail I (including spur to overlook) and return (2 miles out and back).

Similar Products Used:

Vedauwoo -- Beginners: Turtle Roc. Happy Jack -- Intermediate: Meadow Trail and Aspen Loop; Advanced: Headquarters Trail; Difficult: Death Crotch; Expert: 'Goat' Trail from Summit Loop to Haunted Forest Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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