The Pilot Hill Project was a land swap completed in 2020 to connect the City of Laramie’s foothills directly to the 65,000 acres of National Forest to the east. This connection covering 9 square miles makes it possible to reach Pole Mountain and Happy Jack Recreation Area without use of the interstate, making it an ideal cycling, hiking, and equestrian public access route to the forest.
It also protects open space, wildlife habitat, and Laramie's aquifer recharge zone, providing the city with pristine drinking water.
As the Pilot Hill project has just launched, trail creation, signage, and amenities will be an ongoing undertaking over the next several years. A limited opening will allow new routes to be unveiled as they are created. See pilothill.org for volunteer opportunities.
Click here to download a map outlining current and future routes on Pilot Hill, and review rules for access.
The area of Pilot Hill was working ranch land for Warren Livestock Company. The landowner graciously offered to sell this property to the people of Albany County to maintain the open space and create recreational non-motorized access.
Thanks to volunteers, wide public support, and community contributions, the land was secured via public land swaps.
This access point will maintain the wild, open nature of the Laramie landscape and preserve recreation into the future.
Find out more at pilothill.org