Happy Jack Recreation Area

4.35 out of 5
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↑ 700 ft
↓ 700 ft

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About this trail
A multiuse network of about 10 trails in Pole Mountain area ranging from sweet to unrideable singletrack, doubletrack, to fire roads. There are great views, wildlife, cattle, rocks, etc. Bring a map, and be prepared for weather changes. The Pedal House (307-742-5533) or Fine Edge Ski, Sport and Cycle (307-745-4499) are bike shops in Laramie. Headquarters or Summit trailheads are a good place to start.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (17)


July 11, 2019
jjaz Gramcounter  
Review: Not a bad ride. Most trails are clearly marked and they are well maintained. The happy jack trail head has two starting options. The one furthest from the TH has a more gradual climb where as you can get some decent speed coming back on the closest. Take bug spray, the mosquitoes were out in full force. The trails have moderate climbs, some with loose rock to navigate. Fun to descend and will get your heart pumping to ascend.


July 10, 2017
Review: Solid trail network. It's not all singletrack, but lots of fun, somewhat-technical trails where you can choose your line and open up. Death Crotch is an amazing downhill, I would absolutely recommend that. Go exploring!

Granny Gear

June 21, 2017
FinnKid Granny Gear  
Review: Did a few combos of trails for the Laramie Tuesday night mtb series--the trails are great fun. Very flowy downhills (assuming you're riding in same direction we did.) Punchy up hill climbs. Really Happy Jack trail system should be on everyone's list, so much fun. If early summer/spring, bring your bug juice.

Bunny Hop

July 25, 2015
Sockoro Bunny Hop  
Review: Poorest the marking need use a map if you don't know the trail


June 10, 2014
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
Review: Can't say which trail I like more, this one or Curt Gowdy. Happy Jack is sorta smoothed out version of Curt Gowdy with thicker vegetation around. I've just sampled these trails due to mechanical issue but will definitely come back to finish whole loop.
In places navigation was a bit tricky but overal it's a great place to ride. Maps are available at Visitor Center/Rest Area

May 22, 2014
Review: Great trails with great terrain. Awesome even in the hot summer months

Similar Trail: Vedauwoo Trail System


August 20, 2011
stillfat Gnarly  
Review: Kind of disappointing how beat up these trails are. There's really very little singletrack - 80% is 5-6 ft. wide rutted hardpack (with the exception of Cow Creek which frequently disappears under standing water and in tall grass). Death Crotch going downhill was great. Go with someone who knows their way around and/or bring a good map - the signage is lousy.


September 19, 2010
Review: These are great, non-technical trails. (Groomed for skating in the winter!) If I feel like cruising, I head for Happy Jack. If I feel like technical I go to Gowdy. The trails are mostly single track, and there's a steep, rocky portion, up on top of Headquarters Trail that I cannot ride. You can make this trail system what you want. Long, short, steep, downhill. I like to start at the bottom of the mountain, at the old ski area and head up to Summit or Brown's Landing. It's all up hill, but it's rarely steep. From up there you have a couple of options. Don't let the names "Death Crotch" or "Mesquito Alley" scare you. There is something for everyone at Happy Jack.

Similar Trail: Not similar, but close: Curt Gowdy State Park


August 30, 2009
Review: A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!! Coming from Colorado's Front Range, I was very happy with this ride. However, my girl with just 6 months of riding found it to be tough. I pick this trail due to it being considered Easy. The Happy Jack Trail was easy, some of Headquarters Trail was easy. With 20+ years or MTBing from cost to coast, I feel I would rate the whole trail system as an intermediate to slighty advanced riding. This is a Great trail. I rode it yeaterday and tomorrow I'm driving up with a friend with my skill set to re-ride the whole system. I'll GPS it and get picks for a better review. All and all the Medicine Bow Mountain Bike Patrol and Laramie Bicycling Network have done a great job with these trail. Thanx guys and gals...


June 29, 2009
RideorDie Gnarly  
Review: This is a great trail system. Although most routes are easy, there is just enough obstacles to keep you honest and scenery to keep you interested. The forest offer a refreshing relief from the Wyoming wind as well as provide way to some more difficult sections complete with rock gardens, buff single track, creek crossings, and root strewn sections tighter than your daddy's wallet that require the skills of a more advance intermediate rider (The Haunted Forest - direction of Lincoln Trail Head to Happy Jack). We stopped at Pedal Power Bike Shop on 1st street in Laramie for a color map and advice on trail combination and they steered us right. This is a great network to hit with riders of varying skill levels.

Happy Jack Recreation Area MTB Trail 4.35 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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