Turtle Rock - Trail, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Turtle Rock - Trail, Cheyenne, Wyoming

DESCRIPTION

Nice trail excellent views quick downhills & moderate uphills great for beginners

USER REVIEWS

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[May 25, 2008]
Mullet3
Weekend Warrior

Very pretty, a bit technical and kind of short.

Customer Service

I park at the recreation area and ride clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Happy Jack/Pole Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 26, 2007]
Big Jim Mac
Weekend Warrior

This is one of the funnest trails I've ever ridden and it is in a beautiful area of huge granite rocks pile high. It can be pretty technical but nothing you can't handle or at least walk through though as one reviewer said watch out for hikers. I rode it three times and on the thrid one when I knew what to expect it was a blast. Bed careful you don't brush up against these rocks. I am used to granite being smooth but these are like razor blades, left with some excellent rock rash. Only problem is how short it is, but you can ride up to the campground and add more to it. Check my gallery for some photos of this and Happy Jack. Also, beware of the strong winds on I-70 as you get close to this trail, signs warn you. It cracked my roof rack and I almost lost my bike! Wind not a factor on trail, just highway.

Similar Products Used:

Happy Jack

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 21, 2004]
permnation
Cross Country Rider

first off this trail is not in cheyenne. it is 15 miles from laramie and 30 miles from cheyenne. just down the road from happy jack. great casual loop for anyone. trail is crushed rock and can get a little loose in the turns. there are quite a few rocky sections that require some skill to get thru. good warm up for happy jack.

Customer Service

exit vedauwoo and follow signs to campground/day use area. clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

happy jack

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 16, 2004]
Fischman
Cross Country Rider

This is the best 3-star trail you'll ever ride. The scenery is top-notch and the sinbletrack perfect. The reason it only gets three stars is its short length, but that doesn't mean you can't do a few laps. The other drawback is there will be many a family out for a walk on the trail on the weekends, meaning you will have many chances to practice your multi-user etiquitte. Most of the trail is suitable for new riders, but there will be a couple of dismounts, one for all but the best-balanced riders. There's only one climb to speak of, and it will not challenge hammerheads.

Customer Service

It's a loop, pure and simple. There are connectors to many other trails and the happy jack area, but most are far less interesting doubletrack, dirt roads, or hoof-damaged cow paths complete with cow pies.

Similar Products Used:

Headquarters/Happy Jack

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 23, 2003]
Weekend Warrior

This is the most fun I've had riding in a long time. The trail is only 2.5 around, but it becomes a whole new ride if you then backtrack around for 5 miles total. Except for the most extreme, any level of rider can have fun here. According to the map I had, you can connect to the Happy Jack trails where Turtle Rock leads off to the left near the parking lot.

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Happy Jack trails are also very fun

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 28, 2003]
Cody Chenoweth
Cross Country Rider

I'm based in Cheyenne now so I decided to hit this up. Most of my riding has been in Alaska but I've ridden the front range outside of Denver a good bit this year. That being said, this has to be one of the best (fun) trails I have ridden. Many of the front range trails don't hold a candle to this setup. It rides like a skatepark for mtn bikers, as it has every conceivable surface and trail type. Smooth boulders, sand, rocks, roots, logs, stairs and some tight singletrack that'll make you wish you hadn't put on that new wide riser bar. It is not a beginner trail in the fact that a beginner could not clean every section. No way. I'm no hoss but I couldn't clean every section and had to clip out a couple of times. Not to mention the altitude. Cheyenne is at 6300 ft. and it is a steady climbing 30 minute drive to the park. Laramie is up around 7000 and this trail is higher. If you happen to be a flatlander you may have to stop a few times for air. Otherwise you can keep on truckin resting a bit on some of the downhills so you don't plow around one of the many blind corners into a boulder, tree or gate. Stay on the main Turtle Creek Rock trail until it dead ends then plan to get lost as it branches out three ways, each with different terrain. I think going left may connect you with the Happy Jack trails but I really have no clue. If anyone knows how to connect the two systems email me and we'll run shuttle or just loop it. Enjoy!

Customer Service

I-80 west from Cheyenne to exit 329. Follow signs to Vedauwoo and park in the first small lot on your left (upper parking lot) as it is free. A break in the fence leads to the trail that connects with the Turtle Creek trailhead. If you really think this is a beginner trail then try cleaning the stairs that go over the fence down at the bottom of the connecting trail.

Similar Products Used:

Not yet

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 05, 2002]
Jeff

I'm suprised no one has reviewed this trail so far. It's pretty short, but quick with many sharp turns, quick drops, and short climbs. Be warned, you can't see ahead on many of the turns due to large boulders. Suprises can sneak up on you, like an old lady walking her little dog, or a quick drop-off with a large boulder on one side, and a steep drop-off on the other. However, if it is cold, dry, and during the week, there should be no hikers on the trail and the riding should be great. I disagree with the brief description that this trail is for beginners. I started mountain biking on this trail and it kicked my butt. There are a couple of parts that are very intimidating, causing the beginner to dismount. This trail has it's fair share of tree roots and rocks as obstacles. However, any semi-experienced rider can handle it. I suggest this trail if you're just out for a quick ride. Happy Jack is just 10 miles up the interstate with much more riding and fewer suprises. See Happy Jack review for more info.

Customer Service

I-80 to Vedavou road. Park at the lot before you hit the dirt road and ride down to the trailhead.

Similar Products Used:

Happy Jack

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 14, 2002]
Troy

I agree with Jeff, that this is not a Beginner trail. If you just stay on the paved walkway, maybe, but not if you follow the trail. For anyone attempting this for the first time, I would suggest walking it first to become aware of your route. Otherwise you will do like I did, and come hauling around a corner just to find a log fence crossing the trail, and having to go back to find another route (which happened more than one time). Ground is hardpacked dirt, with 1/2 to 1 inch of crushed sand, dirt, making it perfect for sliding about 10' before coming to a stop on your way down a hill. Lots of tree roots and rocks, making it fun for riding technical, with some open areas to speed up on. Lots of narrow trail and blind spots, making it rough to negotiate, just be careful for the hikers with the little dogs running about. I found this to have a considerable amount of hills to climb while negotiating rocks, trees, brush, and drop offs. This is a very fun trail for riding, and has some really spectacular views, it is well worth the ride out to. I would say this is an intermediate trail, when you add in the altitude, it can really whip your butt. It did mine.

Customer Service

From Cheyenne take I-80 west 30 miles to Exit 329. It is the Vedauwoo(correct spelling)exit. From offramp, take a right heading north through the cattlecross and follow paved road until it makes a left hand turn with dirt road continuing on straight. You can either park here, or if you are a beginner I suggest driving to the left down the paved road. On your way down the hill to the trailhead you will have to pay a $3.00 fee, trust me, it is worth paying. Or you will be faced with a uphill ride at the end of your day back to your car. If you pay the fee, there are multiple parking areas down by trailhead.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 25, 2003]
Skippy Dunbar

I too decided to check this place out while on a cross country road trip to all the Mountain bike mecca's...
Despite other's recomendation's, I rode this trail for the first time alone. And shure enough got lost. The whole time I was within earshot, and sometimes eyeshot of I-80..! Eventually I found my way to Happyjack road, and was able to get my barring straight (with the help of a sign). Luckly I started early, and did get back to my car just befor sunset. This was one of the best rides I had been on in year's. The area is stunning in its natural beauty! The rock formation's are "other worldly". Taking the dirt roar down into the valley will lead you to a almost endless choice of dirt road's, and trails to choose from. I would recomend getting a map if you dont want to get lost. But, you are never really "lost". Its more like a maze... If, despite all the warning's you still choose to go by yourself, or without a map. Then go early so you can be shure to find your way back to you car befor it gets dark... The "old clunker" will never look so good as when you finaly climb out of that place. I will go back... This year.

Customer Service

Start at the parking area at the left turn into the park. Go down the dirt road for a almost endless maze of dirt roads, and trail's.

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To many to name. I have found that Wyoming is really a wonderfull place to ride, and spend my hard earned vacation money. It is as good, or better then Colorado, and Utah, but without the crowd's.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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