HPH Favorite Places to Run – East of Laramie

Curt Gowdy State Park

Pole Mountain Area Trails

Vedauwoo Area Trails


Curt Gowdy State Park

Curt Gowdy State Park is located just 24 miles east of Laramie on Happy Jack Road. It offers over 30 miles of beautiful trails ranging from easy to very difficult.  Day use fees for Laramie residents are $4 per car.

Directions:

From Laramie, take I-80 east to exit 323 (Happy Jack Road) and follow Happy Jack Road for 14 miles east.  The park entrance will be on the right.

Click for the following trail maps: Curt Gowdy State Park mapReservoir Trail System maptarget=”_blank”>Mountain Trail System map.


Pole Mountain Area Trails

The Pole Mountain trails are a favorite among Laramie runners, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers. Three main trailheads serve the Pole Mountain trails: Tie City, Summit, and Happy Jack.  The trailheads are day-use fee areas ($5 per vehicle). The trails offer many route options with different levels of difficulty. Click here for the Pole Mountain Area trail mapClick here for Inset A of the trail map.

Directions:

Tie City – Take 80 East out of Laramie.  Take the Happy Jack exit (exit 323) and turn left off the exit, crossing over 80. Take a left on Happy Jack Road, and look for the Tie City trail signs on the right – it will be your first right, and you’ll reach it in less than a mile.

Summit – Take 80 East out of Laramie.  Take the Happy Jack exit (exit 323) and turn left off the exit, crossing over 80.  Continue straight past the rest area, and over a cattle guard where the road turns into a dirt road.  The Summit Trailhead is just down the hill on the left.

Happy Jack – Take 80 East out of Laramie.  Take the Happy Jack exit (exit 323) and turn left off the exit, crossing over 80. Take a left on Happy Jack Road, and drive for two miles.  Turn right at the Happy Jack trailhead/campground signs and continue to the trailhead.


Vedauwoo Area Trails

The Vedauwoo area trails offer several miles of trails with beautiful scenery, trees, and unique rock outcroppings. Additionally, there are several dirt roads connecting to various trails that are great for running. Click here for a Vedauwoo area trail map.