Managing Public Lands for All

Franklin, Manasseh
Sibbald, Kelsie
Happy Jack Recreation Area and Pole Mountain Open Space are home to a popular trail system near Laramie, Wyoming. Adjacent to Interstate-80 and a quick ten-minute drive from town, the trail network is where many residents and visitors get outside and recreate. It is managed by the Laramie Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and accommodates for multiple uses year-round, such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fat-biking and nordic skiing. Multi-Use Trails (MUT) systems have the potential to cause conflict and safety issues among different user groups. Because of the growing popularity of the trail system and personal experiences on these trails, we set out to talk to user groups of the trail network to help understand what issues exist in the MUT system at Happy Jack and Pole Mountain Recreation Area and to determine potential next steps for stakeholders and the US Forest Service.
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