Turtle Rock Trail

Trail heads to the right of the large boulder

Turtle Rock Trail is an easy and amazingly rewarding hike. The picnic and other parking areas are often crowded, but once you are a short ways down the trail you will find a fair amount of seclusion and some great scenery.

The surroundings change as you walk - dense brush, cathedral like pine groves, small ponds, open barrens, and at all times Turtle Rocks looms above you and house sized fallen boulders surround you.

From the junction of I-80 and US-287 in Laramie Wyoming, follow I-80 east 15.9 miles to Vedauwoo Rd. (exit 329).
After exiting, turn left to follow Vedauwoo for 1.2 miles to the Vedauwoo Complex Rd (FS-Rd. 720).
Turn left and follow the Vedauwoo Complex Rd. 0.8 miles to the east trailhead parking lot.
Just after you turn into the complex, you will find a entrance station where you will need to pay a fee to park.
Coordinates for the hike: 41.1599700,-105.3688200
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The parking lot is paved and has room for about 10 cars. There is a clean pit toilet and an informational kiosk with a trail registration book adjacent to the parking lot.
Trail observations
The trail exits the parking lot near the information kiosk. The trail is in good walking condition, and it varies between narrow and wide as it circles Turtle Rock.
The trail can be a bit hard to keep track of when it is near more populated areas and parking lots - luckily there are always good trail signs, though they can sometimes be a little hard to find amongst all the volunteer trails. If in doubt, look around for a sign without going too far.
Trail statistics
The trail is 3.78 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 159 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.04 miParkingEastern Trailhead parking lot
0.06 miTrailhead Trailhead sign
0.28 miGo rightBranch - stay right
0.32 miGateGo through the gate
0.42 miHead leftBranch - head left
0.52 miBetween bouldersTrail cuts across the rock and goes to the right of the huge boulder
1.58 miSide trailSide trail - go right, then return
1.64 miTurnaroundView at the sidetrail turnaround
2.65 miFenceCrossing the fence line
3.17 miStay rightStay on the right edge of the parking lot (pit toilet here also)
3.18 miExit lotTrail exiting the parking lot
3.21 miHead leftBranch - head left
3.25 miHead rightBranch - head right up the hill to the parking pullout
3.29 miDiagonal crossingCross the pullout parking lot diagonally to the trail on the other side
3.41 miTee - go leftTee - go left
3.78 miEnd of trailEnd of trail
Trail map - Turtle Rock Trail
Altitude chart - Turtle Rock Trail Parking Trailhead Go right Gate Head left Between boulders Side trail Turnaround Fence Stay right Exit lot Head left Head right Diagonal crossing Tee - go left End of trail
Difficulty: Easy
Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain: Mountainous
Trail surface: Dirt
Trail surface: Rock
Type: Loop
View: Open
View: Wooded
County: Albany County
State: Wyoming
Country: United States of America
Excellent trail writeup
Wikipedia article
USDA Forest Service site
Printable trail map in PDF format (35 Mb download)
Printable trail map in PNG format (5 Mb download)
Waypoints in CSV format
Waypoints in KML format
Instructions on using a trail description page
Instructions on using a trail map printout
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