Jelm Mountain Road

Woods Landing, Wyoming (Albany County)

Last Updated: 08/31/2019
4 / 5 ( 1 review )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5.25 miles
Highest Elevation: 9648 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Woods Landing
Nearest Town w/ Services: Laramie
Official Road Name: 3429
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: High Desert District
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Highlight: Jelm Mountain Road
Jelm Mountain Road is in Southeast Wyoming about 40 minutes from Laramie. This trail lies on the outskirts of the beautiful Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. This road was originally created to be the home for a USFS fire tower, which was predominantly used to report fires before aircraft became the popular method. The Jelm Mountain fire tower was used in conjunction with the fire tower atop Deadman Hill, just SE of the Jelm Mountain fire tower, and together were used to report fires in and around the surrounding areas, including the Laramie Basin and Laramie River valley. In 1975, the fire tower was decommissioned and replaced with an observatory. After 2 years of construction, the WIRO (Wyoming Infrared Observatory) started making its first observations. Jelm Moutain was chosen as a site for the observatory, due to its proximity to the University of Wyoming, low-light pollution, low atmospheric moisture (which can interfere with observations), and existing power and phone service. This trail is not the most interesting trail to drive on if you are looking for a purely off-roading experience, but it provides stunning views of the area as well as a very interesting piece of equipment located at the top. You can even schedule a tour if astronomy is your passion!



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1. Jelm Mountain Trailhead (0 mi)
Jelm Mountain Road begins to the south from Wyoming Highway 10. The road is marked by a Bureau of Land Management road sign.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 41.066178, -106.006939

Starting Point: Laramie, Wyoming

Take Wyoming Highway 230 west of Laramie for 27 miles to the community of Woods Landing. Turn left/south on Wyoming Highway 10 for 3.3 miles. Jelm Mountain Road is on the left/south side of the road.


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Trail Reviews (1)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
It was a bit windy for the trip to the top of Jelm Mountain, but the views were stunning. Thunderstorms were forming off to the east, and this was a unique perspective to watch nature's fury. We encountered only one other vehicle on the trail. The road was dry and we had no problems reaching the observatory. This is a place where nature and science intersect.

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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 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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