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Post  Jeff F on Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:27 am

Does anyone know of any good running trails within a reasonable distance of Cheyenne, WY? I will be visiting family out there in a couple of weeks and want to check out the local trails. I tried researching if there was a running club in Cheyenne but it does not appear to be one because that is usually a good source for this type of information. Any help would be appreciated...thanks!
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Post  Diego on Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:18 pm

I'm not sure about Cheyenne, but I grew up in Laramie and imagine that they would have similar foothill trails out near Little America or in other regions. I'd call the folks at Little America to ask them.

If you can drive for 30 minutes toward Laramie, Vedauwoo is awesome!

http://physics.uwyo.edu/~cassandra/Vedauwoo.htm

http://www.vedauwoo.org/hiking.htm

It's also part of the Medicine Bow National Forest, which offers better stuff than anything you'd find in Colorado(hiking, camping, climbing, fishing) where I was born.

Here's another one.

http://www.runtheplanet.com/runningroutes/city.asp?c=3534156
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Post  Jeff F on Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:59 pm

Thanks Jim, I will look into those locations.
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Post  ChasMcG on Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:13 am

Drive to Denver and I'll take you on some killer trails! No idea about Wyoming. I don't think I've even been there to buy fireworks Wink
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Post  Jeff F on Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:24 pm

@ChasMcG wrote:Drive to Denver and I'll take you on some killer trails! No idea about Wyoming. I don't think I've even been there to buy fireworks Wink

Chas, thanks for the offer I know there are a lot of trails around Denver. I am looking for something relatively close to Cheyenne as I am visiting my daughter and her family (two grandchildren), and I don't want to take time away from the main purpose of my trip. Maybe sometime in the future.
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Post  Peg Coover on Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:27 pm

jimd wrote:I'm not sure about Cheyenne, but I grew up in Laramie and imagine that they would have similar foothill trails out near Little America or in other regions. I'd call the folks at Little America to ask them.

If you can drive for 30 minutes toward Laramie, Vedauwoo is awesome!

http://physics.uwyo.edu/~cassandra/Vedauwoo.htm

http://www.vedauwoo.org/hiking.htm

It's also part of the Medicine Bow National Forest, which offers better stuff than anything you'd find in Colorado(hiking, camping, climbing, fishing) where I was born.

Here's another one.

http://www.runtheplanet.com/runningroutes/city.asp?c=3534156

I lived in Laramie from 1985-88. Vedauwoo was a great place to walk around with our dog and 3 year old! My friend is doing the Laramie Enduro mountain bike race in a few weeks--not sure where all that goes!
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Post  Jeff F on Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:01 pm

Just thought I would provide an update. I ran a 12 mile trail run on Sunday in the Medicine Bow National Forest. The trail head was at the Happy Jack Campground parking lot. No maps available, but met another runner at the trailhead who gave me some sketchy directions. This area had multiple trails and anyone who is directionally challenged could have easily gotten lost. Ended up doing one loop of a little over 6 miles and then an out and back on a perimeter trail. The first loop was almost all single track which I would have called mildly technical, one section was called the Haunted Forest which was pretty overgrown but still passable. The out and back was on a road and a fairly easy trail. Total elevation change for the 12 miles was probably only a couple thousand feet. When I go back to visit my family I would do this again and run more of the other trails. This appeared to be primarily a mountain biker area, but did see a handful of other runners, almost all running with dogs.
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Post  Diego on Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:01 pm

@Jeff F wrote:Just thought I would provide an update. I ran a 12 mile trail run on Sunday in the Medicine Bow National Forest. The trail head was at the Happy Jack Campground parking lot. No maps available, but met another runner at the trailhead who gave me some sketchy directions. This area had multiple trails and anyone who is directionally challenged could have easily gotten lost. Ended up doing one loop of a little over 6 miles and then an out and back on a perimeter trail. The first loop was almost all single track which I would have called mildly technical, one section was called the Haunted Forest which was pretty overgrown but still passable. The out and back was on a road and a fairly easy trail. Total elevation change for the 12 miles was probably only a couple thousand feet. When I go back to visit my family I would do this again and run more of the other trails. This appeared to be primarily a mountain biker area, but did see a handful of other runners, almost all running with dogs.



I hope you had a good time. My sister and I learned how to ski at Happy Jack.
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