I decided to give hiking another go the weekend after my first hike. Despite the name, Laramie Peak is not visible from Laramie, and requires an intricate drive on back roads to reach the trailhead. My journal entry this time isn't very descriptive about the hike and instead focuses on the drive. As with last week, I left right after teaching my intro Astronomy class.
Laramie Peak trip. About 195 miles round trip, but it's a 2 1/2 hour drive one-way. From the 287 turnoff, it's 15 miles to the windmill, 33 miles to Road 64, 37 miles to Road 710, 41 miles to a ranch house, 51 miles to Road 671, and 54 miles to the trail. Didn't get started until right at 1pm. I made the first 2 miles in 45 minutes, but this just up to 8200ft, next 2 miles took an hour, and the last 1 1/4 miles took another 30 minutes. Can't get to the very top, but probably around 10,230 or so. I farted around on top for about 20 minutes, and made it back to the car at 5:20pm. Ended up on the wrong road leaving, and may have done damage to the undercarriage of my car.
First, I didn't damage my car, but that experience gave me my first taste of driving on rough roads. The trail up Laramie Peak is actually an old road, so it is excellent. The hike starts at about 8000ft and there is some descent in the first mile before it steadily climbs to the summit. The first part of the hike generally follows Friend Creek, and then switchbacks up the mountain. The weather was perfect that day, and I had no problems. Except...at the very summit there is some communications equipment and a building, and I think climbing to the actual summit above the building would require some technical bouldering on some huge boulders. However, I'm not sure about that. Still, I do not consider this as a peak ascent in my records. I do remember that I didn't bring enough water, especially for the long drive home, and I ended up eating ice cubes out of my cooler.
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