Crow Creek Road

Laramie, Wyoming (Albany County)

Last Updated: 06/09/2019
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 05/26 - 01/31
Length: 8.13 miles
Highest Elevation: 8108 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Laramie
Nearest Town w/ Services: Laramie
Official Road Name: 701.G, 701.GA, 701.DC, 701.D
Management Agency: Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest
District: Laramie Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Crow Creek Road
The Crow Creek four-wheel drive trail is a great trail to experience mesas of ponderosa pine and stretches of rolling grasslands. The trail is situated in the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest in between Cheyenne and Laramie Wyoming. The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland cover nearly 2.9 million acres from north central Colorado to central and northeastern Wyoming. The Pole Mountain section of this magnificent national forest lies just 30 minutes west of Cheyenne. Prior to 1959, this 55,000-acre area was administered by the Department of Defense for military training. There are two old bunkers in the area, and one you get to see from this trail.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Crow Creek Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn east at the old corral onto 701G.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 41.227349, -105.347119

Starting Point: Laramie, Wyoming

Take Interstate 80 east 9.5 miles to Exit 323, Happy Jack Road. Turn onto Exit 323 and go left across the bridge. At the stop sign, turn left/west onto Happy Jack Road (Wyoming Highway 210). Follow Happy Jack Road for 7.7 miles and turn left/north onto USFS 701. Follow USFS 701 north for 1 mile where you will find the Crow Creek Trailhead on your right as it heads east.

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Trail Reviews (8)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Actually some parts are a little challenging, definitely need clearance there are a few places where about a foot tall rock sticks out the ground and since my xj is stock I had to climb it, spun tires up a few of those parts, you probably won’t need 4wd, (I didn’t until I drove though a fat snow drift, a nice creek crossing that can be deep at times of the year, over all a nice trail to go on to kill some time and there are some killer camp spots along the way aswell

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Open and the trail is in great shape. With all the late snow this season, the trail had a few wet and muddy spots, but nothing that was difficult to negotiate. There seemed to be quite a few ATVs and UTVs using the trail this particular weekend.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
First time taking the gf out.She was well less then overjoyed.Now I had a blast.This is my first Wrangler so was a let's see what it will do kinda thing.Nice warm day,little bit of breeze,trail was fun.Got a little damp at the crossing but no deal.Cant wait to do it again.I know the last one isn't Crow Creek but we did see both bunkers and the stoves on the trip

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
The entire Pole Mountain area is closed for the season. The area has a new road use plan that closed roads to motor vehicles from February 1st through the end of May.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Thanksgiving weekend is usually a good weekend to get out and enjoy the trail. This year did not disappoint. A trip to Southeast Wyoming found use enjoying a dry and unseasonably warm day on the trail. There was not any snow on the trail, but the Wyoming wind was a bit brisk despite the enjoyable temperature. This trail will soon be snow covered and the winds will drift the snow making the trail difficult. Until then, Crow Creek is a nice spot for a quick get away and a great excuse to pack a left-over turkey sandwich for your trail picnic. At the end of the day when it came time to air-up, we did encounter a brief snow squall that lasted only a few minutes. What a great day!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Closed
Offroaded on:
The Laramie Ranger District - Pole Mountain area is now closed. Typically the area remains closed until near the end of May to prevent resource damage during the spring melting season. For specific information, the Pole Mountain MVUM map has specific details about all road closures in the area during the spring.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The winter season has settled into the Southern Wyoming area. The road and trails around the Happy Jack Recreational Area remain open through most of the winter allowing for some 4X4 snow drift fun. If this year is like others, the snow is here to stay throughout the rest of the winter season. The week preceding my trip left about 8-10 inches of snow in the vicinity. Southern Wyoming is really known more for the wind than the snow. Early December did not disappoint. Snow drifts are starting to form in the usual areas making travel difficult to impossible. I could not complete the entire Crow Creek Road on this trip because of the drifting. I was able, however, to get plenty of practice with my winching techniques.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
First time ever taking an off-road adventure into Wyoming. We wanted to hit the Pole Mountain Unit as we heard there was a scenic, yet adventurous route available. The trails had just opened from the season closure and were very wet and muddy. We really enjoyed the high mesa, grassland, and ponderosa pine scenery. There were plenty of locations to camp and a zillion side roads to explore. With it being wet, we had a chance to check out our 23Zero Recovery Gear. We were very pleased with the compact bag that had ever tool we needed to get through a few muddy spots!

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: We enjoyed this trail (July 1 2019) but when we got to what looked to be where we believed the trail would end and join back up to 701 there was a fence across the trail. Have others encountered this? We ended up back tracking the trail. We thought we'd missed a turn but there were no alternate routes, forks open during our visit. Thanks in advance.
–Kevin Tucker (07/03/2019)
–Tim Palmer (08/02/2019)

Writer Information

Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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