Happy Jack - Trail, Laramie, Wyoming

Happy Jack - Trail, Laramie, Wyoming

DESCRIPTION

Everything from real easy double track loops to some serious technical climbs and descents.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 02, 2010]
coloradodawg
Weekend Warrior

MOSQUITO WARNING! Just got literally hundreds of mosquito bites on a half-mile portion of the trail up there, so if you're going - TAKE BUG SPRAY! Seriously, I've been backpacking in Alaska and these were the absolute worst mosquitoes I've ever been in.

Trail-wise, hard to say since we cut it short after that. Pretty good condition, lots of quick, non-technical singletrack intermixed with washed out muddy trails that should probably be closed to all uses. I would suggest avoiding the Haunted Forest Trail at all costs - it's the major offender for mosquitoes and being muddy & washed out. The Aspen Trail between Pole Creek and Haunted Forest is also pretty gnarly, with portions of the trail washed away completely. If you can find dry trail and have bug spray, it should be a good day I guess.

Customer Service

Not Haunted Forest!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 30, 2009]
bri guy
Cross Country Rider

Good stuff here. Really glad to see the equestrian courtesy notes because though these are great MTB trails shared use issues arise SO fast that jeopardize riding(poor experience near Casper). Tear it up and enjoy the great riding. Maps available at the pedal house for like 4 bucks. My ratings are skewed as far as aerobic, tech, overall cause I'm B2theW 100% 5s all over this place; elevation, swoopyness, stutteryness, rooty, rockyness. Whatever I like it. 5s all over. Ok so I almost hit sumbit review turns out it's not the techy but go to gowdy if you want that 2% and el alto if ya clean 'em I'll buy you a beer.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 25, 2008]
Mullet3
Weekend Warrior

This trail system has about everything from pretty technical to rolling hills. I'll bring my kids up when they're old enough, but it is fun for the older kids too. Of all the trail systems I've ridden across the country (OK, I'm not that well traveled), this is second only to trails at Moab. The elevation can cause you to suck a little more air than ususal.

Customer Service

I usually park at the bottom of Headquarters trail so I can finish on the downhill. Also, there is no fee for parking there. The first half-mile to the top is pretty rough, but once you're on top, it's worth it.

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Granite Lake trails.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 26, 2007]
Big Jim Mac
Weekend Warrior

Rode this trail while on a business trip to Cheyenne. Great fun, although I had some trouble finding it -- turned left and went on a gravel road tour, only to find I should have turned right. After that it was real easy. I didn't find this trail terribly challenging, did several loops and enjoyed them all. I rode in early May and there was still snow, a foot deep in places but it was only in spots. There are some tough climbs and the elevation had me gasping. You could spend a lot of time here.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 02, 2006]
turnthepedals
Cross Country Rider

Just wanted to say very good point by Fischmann about the need to be very courteous to equestrians. It is very important that we give them the right of way. Its often spooky to a horse to have a person on a metal machine approach them quickly and the last thing any trail system needs is an equestrian falling off thier horse and hurting themselves because a bike spooked the horse. If you ever get the chance to help an equestrian on a trail with a brief desensitization exercise with their new horse they are breaking in, take it. They will show you what the horse needs to experience, you help them, and both parties win. Its rewarding too and certainly helps the equestrian feel better about our sport.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 21, 2004]
permnation
Cross Country Rider

i only got to ride the aspen loop and had to quit because of a mechanical. i cannot wait to go back and ride all the happy jack trails. if you are passing thru, do not pass these trails up.

Customer Service

go to the lincoln memorial, get a trail map, and explore.

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turtle rock

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 16, 2004]
Fischman
Cross Country Rider

This is a great trail system. The Headquarters trail puts the sweetest singletrack you may ever see right under your knobbies. Alternating ponderosa forest and mountain meadows threaded by narrow, sometimes rocky, singletrack. Just the right mix of technical riding, yanking and banking through the trees, and take-your-fingers-off-your-brake-levers ripping. Start from the North/East) with a 500+ foot climb to get your heart rate up, then rip down the other side. After you connect with the Happy Jack system, pick a loop. The aspen loop (not to be confused with the middle aspen trail, which is also fun) is a mostly downhill roller coaster starting in high, dry ponderosa woodland and descending through near-tropical lushness. Climb back out on the Pole creek trail through the wildflowers and butterflies (bug spray is really good here unless you can rip up the whole hill without dropping below 10 mph). then head for home back on the headquarters trail or pick another loop and do it all over again. You may encounter an equestrian, but this is Wyoming--no overcrowded multi-user conflicts here. They'll probably say "howdy" and make some comment about how what you're doing looks too much like work. It is your responsibility to yield to equestrians, but often they beat you to the punch and step their horses off the side of the trail. If they do, return the courtesy by dismounting so as not to spook the horses, or at least ride by very slowly and return the "howdy."

Customer Service

Take Happy Jack road (west from Cheyenne or east from the summit as you leave Laramie) to the trailhead for the Headquarters trail. Ride the HQ trail and, just before reaching the meadow before the I-80 rest station, take a right through the gate to get to the Happy Jack/Tie City complex. Ride whichever loop(s) suits your fancy and then take HQ back to your car.

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Turtle Rock

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 23, 2003]
Weekend Warrior

This place is a lot of fun. It's a network of mostly singletrack with a few technical sections and a few hills. As mentioned in another review, it's not for the extreme, but anyone else would have a great time here.

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Turtle rock is also a lot of fun.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 08, 2003]
Alec
Cross Country Rider

The area now has the Medicine Bow Mountain Bike Patrol (a branch of the National Mountain Bike Patrol) assisting hikers, bikers and equestrians. They are stationed on some weekends at the Tie City warming hut. Stop in and say hello. The trails vary from wide and rolling to narrow and rocky. Trails for all levels, although the hardcore will probably get bored quickly. Technical downhill sections exist but are not the norm here. Easy to get turned around on the "spaghetti" loops but new maps are being created.

Customer Service

For a challenge, try the Aspen loop, Middle Aspen and Headquarters trail (with the scenic overlook ad-on).

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Turtle Rock trail around Vedauwoo.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 01, 1999]
Matt Potter

These trails are absolutely the best. If you are a beginner, go with someone who has ridden them before, as you will need a little technical help. Several portions of the Headquarters trail are fairly difficult and technical. Lots of rocks, some steeps, and big mosquitos in July. For extra fun (challenge), take the trail all the way out (don't take the loop around) to the opposite trailhead on the Blair Wallis road. That is where the downhill is full of tough rocky sections. Then turn around and climb up. It is a 500 ft vertical climb at altitude (8000+ feet) that will challenge your muscles and your lungs.

If you finish that and want more, head back to the UW loops and get on the main trail there. Find the Aspen Trail and prepare for fun. Its mostly downhill (couple miles) over rocks, roots, and some real fast whoop-de-doos. Be careful, however, as some riders like to ride that part up the hill (like me) and it can be tough to stop when you are going real fast. Take the Middle Aspen trail when you come to it for a couple of good, healthy climbs back up.

There are numerous combinations of trails to be ridden here. Get a map at the trailhead and put it in your pocket for reference. It is real easy to get turned around for a little while, but real tough to get "lost." The trails are well marked and ridden a lot, but it is quite likely that you will not see any other riders.

Two LBSs that might be of help are the Bicycle Station in Cheyenne (talk to Fritz) or the Pedal House in Laramie. Also, there are usually a couple races here in September that are a lot of fun as well.

Customer Service

Park across from the Rest Area off I-80 and follow the trail across the prairie towards the trees. Once in the trees and to the fence, you can go right to the Headquarters trail or straight on the UW loops. The loops lead to half a dozen other trails.

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The Turtle Rock Trail at the Vedauwoo Recreation area is a blast. Vedauwoo exit off I-80, go to the recreation area and look for signs pointing to the trailhead. It is short (approx 3 miles) but worth it. Ride it one way, then turn around and ride the other way. Also, if you like to explore, the main roads lead to lots of other less-used roads and trails. You can ride here for days on different trails. Campsites are all over the place.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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