Cheyenne: Vedauwoo Loop

This 5.1-mile route leads to a majestic set of granite domes, crags, pinnacles, and chimneys shaped by constant winds from the Medicine Bow Range.
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This 5.1-mile route leads to a majestic set of granite domes, crags, pinnacles, and chimneys shaped by constant winds from the Medicine Bow Range.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.2

Waypoints

VDU001

Location: 41.1597175598144, -105.375732421875

WFollow signs for Turtle Rock Trail on L side of park road; trail leads over small wooded hump, veers W @ handicap lot

VDU002

Location: 41.1609001159668, -105.37646484375

West trailhead: Well-packed trail heads under dense aspen grove with boulders Legoed together on R

VDU003

Location: 41.1628341674805, -105.382179260254

Look for climbers on granite face; trail swings N, gently climbs

VDU004

Location: 41.1675682067871, -105.380401611328

L @ T, off main trail; pass boggy pond on L then turn R onto unnamed, sometimes soggy user trail

VDU005

Location: 41.1710014343262, -105.379531860352

Veer R into a graveyard of beaver-chewed tree stumps

VDU006

Location: 41.1724014282227, -105.373435974121

Keep R (path well-used)

VDU007

Location: 41.1724815368652, -105.365936279297

Stay straight and head E; trail fades briefly while crossing marshy banks of Middle Creek. Rejoin trail and turn R

VDU008

Location: 41.1714820861816, -105.357719421387

Leaking magma plus strong W winds created the jigsaw formations of Reynolds Hill and Devils Playground on L

VDU009

Location: 41.1710510253906, -105.354698181152

Cross logs over willow-lined creek twice then turn R onto wider trail

VDU010

Location: 41.1668167114258, -105.355484008789

Turn R then R again @ Y onto closed jeep track near 700DA sign

VDU011

Location: 41.1692008972168, -105.364852905273

Bear L (SW) off jeep track into coniferous-wooded gully for easy .3-mi. bushwhack to the Turtle Rock Trail

VDU012

Location: 41.1669654846191, -105.369415283203

Turn L onto Turtle Rock Trail

VDU013

Location: 41.1646842956543, -105.365501403809

Giant egg-shaped boulder sits on R under striking granite shapes (up to 500 ft.); continue S to skirt stream

VDU014

Location: 41.1622505187988, -105.36678314209

Pass through green gate, veer L and continue .2 mile to E trailhead. Hike campground road back to car