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Pilot Hill Limited Opening Announced

Starting Sunday, September 20th:

Opening limited to single bottom to top route in the Pilot Hill Recreation Area.
Wildlife Habitat Management Area and additional Recreation Area
access opportunities to be announced soon.

  • Access from Laramie: East end of Willett Drive; North end of Boulder Drive; 45th and Crow. Please respect surrounding homes and private properties. Do not block driveways or residential parking.
  • Access from USFS Pole Mountain Unit: Follow USFS 703 Rd to the north end. (Dispersed parking only and recommended at 703G spur road.) Enter the Pilot Hill area through the walk thru gate at end of USFS 703. NO ACCESS off 703C, 703G, 703F roads at this time.
  • Bottom to Top Route: Follow existing 2 track road; Trail #4 on map.
    Route is 12 miles round trip - plan accordingly. Carry water / snacks / prepare for weather / recreate with a partner / inform a friend of your recreational plans.

Route will be utilized by runners, hikers, bikers and horse-riders. Respect trail etiquette.

Pilot Hill Map

NO camping, campfires or collecting firewood. Pack in – Pack out all trash including dog waste. No discharging firearms.

We appreciate everyone’s support in respecting these restrictions and working with us as we partner with USFS, WGFD and our surrounding private property owners to open additional access to Pilot Hill.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Now accepting applications for volunteer Pilot Hill Board of Directors and for Pilot Hill Ambassadors.
To learn more and apply, download the board application form, the ambassador application form, or email pilothillproject@gmail.com.


Pilot Hill Land Use Plan Completed

Click here to read the Pilot Hill Land Use Plan and watch the virtual Plan Presentation.

The Pilot Hill Project is excited to announce that the Wyoming State Board of Land Commissioners voted in favor of the land exchange to acquire the Pilot Hill parcel during a regular meeting Thursday, June 4th. To see the full press release, go to the News tab.

 

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PILOT HILL RECREATION AREA OPENS SEPTEMBER 20 ON LIMITED BASIS: PUBLIC INVITED TO ENJOY TRAIL FROM BOTTOM TO TOP

[Press Release, Sept. 18] —The Albany County community is invited to enjoy the Pilot Hill Recreation Area on a limited basis starting Sunday, September 20. The property will be open to non-motorized use along the two-track road that meets the eastern side of the Schoolyard Section, and which runs up the foothills to the eastern boundary of the Pilot Hill property. The road was used as a route during the Pilot Hill Community Access Days last fall.

The public is encouraged to access the property from the east end of Willet Drive, the north end of Boulder Drive or from the corner of 45th and Crow streets. Recreationists should respect all private property as they park their vehicles and make their way to the parcel.

From the eastern side of the Pilot Hill Recreation Area, public access is available from a walk-through gate at the north end of US Forest Service Road 703. There is currently no access into the recreation area from the Forest Roads 703.C, 703.F., or 703.G. which lead to the Wildlife Habitat Management Area portion of the property. We encourage recreationists to check the www.pilothill.org website for additional information on the areas that are now open, and to watch for progress the property over the coming months.

“We appreciate everyone’s support in respecting these restrictions and working with us as we partner with the U.S. Forest Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and surrounding private property owners to allow for additional access to the Pilot Hill area,” said Commissioner Terri Jones, Pilot Hill Committee member.

Pilot Hill Inc. is still completing fencing and signage along the recreation corridor and within the Wildlife Habitat Management Area and is finalizing agreements with partnering property owners. Jones said all stakeholders are collaborating to continue opening the property further in the coming months.

“We are working to get as much of the property open as quickly as we can this fall so that Laramie residents and visitors can enjoy Pilot Hill before the snow flies,” she said.

A land swap to acquire the 4,344-acre Pilot Hill parcel was completed in late August, activating a lease agreement between the state of Wyoming and Albany County. In November 2019, the University of Wyoming formalized its partnership in the Pilot Hill Project with the purchase of 1,233 acres of the parcel. In addition, a Recreation and Public Purpose Lease application is being considered by the BLM. All of the property will be managed jointly by the Pilot Hill, Inc nonprofit to provide an uninterrupted experience for visitors.

Since 2018, citizens, businesses and other organizations have donated more than $1 million for infrastructure and access development. A land-use plan has been developed and construction of the first trails is expected to begin this fall.

Recreational opportunities will include non-motorized trails for hikers, cyclists and equestrians that connect the city of Laramie to the Medicine Bow National Forest to the east. A portion of the property will be maintained with a primary focus on preserving critical habitat for elk, mule deer and pronghorn.

A community-wide celebration and grand opening for Pilot Hill is planned for next summer.

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