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Happy Jack

Average Rating:    (4.32 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 22

Everything from real easy double track loops to some serious technical climbs and descents.
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Latitude
41.83682786072714
Longitude
-106.611328125
Trail Directions
From Laramie, take I-80 east about 15 miles to Happy Jack Road exit. From Cheyenne, go 35 miles west to same exit. Directly across from the rest area is the trailhead that accesses all the trails in the area. Park just off the road or park in the rest area and walk across. Maps are at the Forest Service board on the other side of the fence.
Trail Length
30 + miles. All loop back to trailhead eventaully.
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Laramie
   


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Review Date
July 2, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: coloradodawg ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Not Haunted Forest!



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Review Date
May 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mullet3 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Granite Lake trails.



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Review Date
May 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Big Jim Mac ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.



Comments
Mullet3 (06/29/2008)
The pin on the map is WRONG!! I posted a GPS route I have saved that shows the general area. Hope this helps others.
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Review Date
September 2, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: turnthepedals ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.



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Review Date
July 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: permnation ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
turtle rock



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