Pole Mountain Trail Charrette, Medicine Bow Trail Planning

The Pole Mountain Trail Charrette (PMTC) was a great success, with over 50 attendees, including representatives from the USFS, the Laramie trail using community, the Governor’s office, Senator Barasso’s and Senator Enzi’s office and IMBA, to name a few.  The sessions were very productive, with exercises that helped generate great ideas about how to move forward with trail system maintenance and development at Pole Mountain.

The results of the Charrette were compiled into the Pole Mountain Vedauwoo Sustainability Plan.  This document summarizes the findings of the report and details recommendations for future trail system improvements. 

The Charrette was also a catalyst for the formation of a Laramie area trail friends group, Common Outdoor Ground, whose mission is to help maintain the trails on public lands in the Laramie area.  This group has coordinated numerous trail maintenance and cleanup projects since it’s formation.

The Charrette was also provided inspiration to Laramie trail advocates to initiate the Pilot Hill Project, an ambitious project to acquire a parcel of land between Laramie and Pole Mountain to be used for outdoor recreation and provide trail access from Laramie to Pole Mountain.  This project has made great progress and it appears that the project will come to fruition in the next couple of years.

Keep in Touch: You can follow the results of the event and still share your input on the Pole Mountain Trails Facebook event page or the Pole Mountain Trails website.

Support Our Work: You can support this event and and help Wyoming Pathways continue its work by making a donation or becoming a member or business partner.

Pole Mountain Trail Charrette

A Public Trail System Discussion


What: A Collaborative Discussion and Assessment

Wyoming Pathways, in conjunction with Laramie BikeNet, the Medicine Bow Nordic Association, and the UW Ruckelshaus institute will organize a public trail planning charrette for nonmotorized trails in the Pole Mountain area on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. A charrette is an intensive planning session, where people collaborate on a shared vision. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.


The charrette purpose is to gather input from trail users and to generate recommendations regarding the sustainable management of the nonmotorized trail system. This information will help inform and guide future trail planning, management, and funding for the Pole Mountain area on the Laramie Ranger District, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.

Recommendations could take the form of possible trail improvements, ideas for maintenance and management, and enhancing partnerships to support trails on Pole Mountain. This discussion will cover both winter and summertime trail use.

Participants will discuss trail system goals: what is currently working well, what could be improved, and what are priority trail system needs. Recommendations from the charrette will be provided to the Forest Service and may be used as a springboard for future public discussion.


When, Where and Who:

Date: Friday, August 12, 2016

Location: Kenny Sailors (North) Gym, Laramie Plains Civic Center

Main Session: 10am – 3pm, Evening open house: 6 – 7:30pm

All trail users are invited to attend both sessions. If attending the main daytime session please RSVP on Facebook and plan on staying for the entire event.



Email: [email protected]

Website: polemtntrails.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/polemtntrails

Tim Young, [email protected] – 307-413-8464

Steve Smutko, [email protected] – 307-766-2703

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