Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail

Expert (if Slightly Deranged) Advice

In hot pursuit of the elusive Wyoming Range National Recreation

In hot pursuit of the elusive Wyoming Range National Recreation "Trail"     Photo: Jay Petervary

Around 2007, there were proposals for gas drilling in the Wyoming Range, and environmental groups started putting maps together to highlight what a great recreational resource it is. They put this trail on the maps. I thought, Hot damn, I’m going to mountain-bike it. I decided I didn’t care that there wasn’t much of a trail. I started using this program called TopoFusion to stitch together a GPS track. In ’08 and ’09, I figured out the northern half. You know those little trail signs? There’s gotta be a hundred of those spread out along the route. None of them has a trail next to it. I’ve nearly slept on the trail twice now, unintentionally. Last year I almost put it all together—rode 70 of the 80 miles in two days. It drives my wife nuts. This summer, definitely—I’m going to complete it in one multi-day shot.

—Luke Lynch, 35, Wyoming state director, the Conservation Fund, as told to Sam Moulton

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