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Crawford in the Sherman Mts near Vedauwoo, Wyoming; east of Laramie
Maps: USGS 7.5í quad: Sherman Mt West
Access: From Laramie, WY, take I-80 east to Exit 323 (Happy Jack Rd). Take Happy Jack Rd east for about 5 miles, then turn south onto the Blair-Wallis Rd (FR707). Drive ~2.5 miles to mile marker 1 and park on the side of the road near the intermittent stream. Begin hiking west up the drainage and youíll see the remains of an old dirt road that has been purposefully destroyed. After 200 yards it levels off, and curves north. Watch for a faint two track branching off west and uphill and take it.
Trailhead (primitive): NAD83 z13 467472e 4561869n Elev: 8335'
Trail: Unmarked on maps; follows the ridgeline of the Sherman Range from the Blair Wallis Rd to the Headquarters Trail. One-way distance = 2.9 miles. Not strenuous and fairly well-trod. From the parking spot on FR707, follow the old dirt road uphill to the west to a knob, then turn north and walk towards Crawford Point. The trail is a little faint here, but picks right up as you ascend. Once at the top of Crawford Point, you can follow this distinct trail northwest along the ridge of the Sherman Mts all the way to the east end of Browns Landing, where it ties in with the Headquarters Trail, which you can take back east to FR707, then loop back to your car via the road. The only tricky part is crossing the big meadow, and finding the trail on the other side. When you're crossing the big meadow, aim straight across, northwest, for a medium-sized boulder on the edge of the forest. Crude trail map HERE.
Webcam: Vedauwoo Exit cam (2 miles south)
Weather: Current conditions Local Forecast
August 27, 2007
The very next afternoon I came back, this time with Andra in tow (in addition to Frank and Makenzie), and we parked at milemarker 1 and headed up the trail. I brought along my GPS logger so I could map the trail. Andra thinks Iím pretty geeky, and sheís probably right. Turned out the data didnít come out with the right format, so the logging was all for naught. We hiked uphill to the rail fence, then up to Point Crawford, no small feat in the heat of an August afternoon, cold front or no. Once at Point Crawford, however, the trail mellows out and spends a lot of time in the trees so it was very pleasant. We passed the point where I had initially met the trail the day before, and continued following it. At times it was very faint, but mostly it was narrow but clear. No cairns or blazes marked the route, but it was obvious which direction to go. The trail followed the ridgeline faithfully as it turned northwest, and crossed a couple of wetland drainages. Eventually, the trail hit the Headquarters Trail far off east of Brownís Landing, though the junction was unmarked and very inauspicious. We turned around at that point and headed back to the car in the cool of the afternoon shadows. The entire round trip took about 3 hours.
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