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Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit

Curt Gowdy State Park

Laramie Mountains, Wyoming

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Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit

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  • The trail begins at the horse corrals.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • The equestrian trail is a bit overgrown in places but is lightly-traveled.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • Interesting granite outcroppings add to the scenic value.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • Wildflowers abound in July.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • Distant view of Granite Springs Lake.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • At this point the equestrian trail becomes hard to follow.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • On the Stone Temple Circuit, watch for bikes!- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • Rocks along the trail.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • The Stone Temple.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • Huge puffballs.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • Most of the trail is through open meadows.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
  • This park is an awesome place for mountain biking.- Lariat Trail + Stone Temple Circuit
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Many trail options.
Cons: 
Heavy mountain bike traffic on Stone Temple Circuit. Equestrian trail portion is easy to lose.
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Region:
Laramie Mountains, WY
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
371.00 ft (113.08 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
3.10 mi (4.99 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,255.00 ft (2,211.32 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Curt Gowdy State Park is an outstanding destination for mountain bikers and can sometimes be challenging for hikers due to bike traffic on the trails. The Lariat Equestrian Trail is a nice alternative that doesn’t allow bikes and covers a lot of the same country that the mountain bike trails cross. One issue with the Lariat Trail is that, because it is maintained for horses, many areas of the trail lead cross-country through meadows of high grass; navigation is a bit of a challenge and annoying, and sharp seeds will fill your boots. This adventure consists of a hybrid hike using the Lariat Equestrian Trail for the outbound and the Stone Temple Circuit Trail for the return.

The Aspen Grove Trailhead is a major launching point for the entire trails complex west of Granite Springs Reservoir. Ample parking for cars and horse trailers as well as several camping spots for tents or RVs make this a busy spot. The Lariat Trail begins at the gate on the west side of the horse-trailer parking area and goes through the corrals on both sides of the trail. Past this point the trail is a faint double-track through rolling hills dotted with aspens, pines, and wildflowers. It is a pretty steady climb to the far western end of the trail, and the Lariat Trail disappears almost entirely at the intersection with the Stone Temple Circuit Trail. Taking a left and following the Stone Temple Trail downhill provides an easy to follow and scenic path through tall rock outcroppings and long views down to Granite Springs Lake. Be aware that bikes can appear quickly behind you and stay alert to move to the side of the trail. One highlight on this section of the trail is the impressive Stone Temple rock formation that towers a few hundred feet over the trail and can be a fun scramble to the top.

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