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Level: Intermediate
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,918/ -612 ft
Total: 83 riders

Mountain Biking Happy Jack Recreation Area

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#5 of 250 mountain bike trails in Wyoming
#275 in the world

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.

First added by dauw on Mar 18, 2006. Last updated Aug 31, 2021. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take I-80 east from Laramie, WY or west from Cheyanne, WY to the Happy Jack Road exit by the Lincoln Memorial about 7 miles east of Laramie. There are multiple trailheads: Summit, Upper Tie City, Happy Jack, and Headquarters trail gate. Stop at headquarters and get a map.
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  • jjaz

    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.

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  • kuala_tahan

    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!

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  • FinnKid

    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.

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  • Sockoro

    Poorest the marking need use a map if you don't know the trail

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    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

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  • stillfat

    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.

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  • Groomster62

    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.

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  • Andrew Buttt

    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...

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  • RideorDie

    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.

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  • Permagrin

    When I initially planned a ride in WY I certainly didn't expect fun like these trails. A little bit of everything for all levels and the trails are well marked. I think we rode most of them but my favorite was the Haunted Forest - sweet singletrack in the aspens - what's up with the logs? Is that how you get rid of tourists? *he he*

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  • swimswithtrout

    FWIW, the TH for the Headquarters Trail has been moved ~ 1/4 mi E from the Rest Area to a new TH parking lot.

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  • Jakester

    A wonderful trail system that can accomodate most novices, depending on your route, but can also challenge most experienced riders as well.

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  • John Fisch

    The Headquarters/Happy Jack/Tie City area provides a remarkable network of trails on the rise between Laramie and Cheyenne. The elevation and woods provide a respite from the summer heat and the ever-present Wyoming wind. Ride the length of the Headqauarters trail, especially from the northeast trailhead, then connect with the Tie City/Happy Jack network. Hit the Aspen Loop for a hootin&hollerin roller coaster downhill. Bring your suspension to the aptly named Death Crotch. Hook up with a local or stop at one of the bike shops in Laramie to get the most out of your day. Bring bug spray.

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  • wheelmon

    A really fun place to play in Wyoming. Good mix of trails that crisscross, but the area is not that big so it's hard to get too lost, and your never that far from your car.

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  • jeff82

    Probably the best trail (that I have ridden) in the Laramie area. Some good climbs with some sweet downhills and plenty of technical sections to keep it fair.

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  • dperry

    This trail system (Upper and Lower UW trails, Headquaters trail, and Sumitt trail) are part of the Laramie Enduro, Rocky Mountain Ultra race series. Numerous options for sweet single track with all of the technical challenges. There area several areas with very difficult climbs but followed by some super decents

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