The Happy Jack Road winds westward through aspen groves called the JUNGLES. After early autumn frosts, they are a mass of gold splashed with red.
The HAPPY JACK WINTER SPORTS AREA (8,500 alt.) offers a ski run (L), 38.5 m., and a shelter cabin, 39.3 m., equipped with a large stone fireplace. A Forest Service caretaker regulates the use of slides and runs. There is a 1,400-foot, iced-trough toboggan run; a 1,500-foot slalom run, with 15 to 30 per cent slopes: and a practice ski area, with slopes of 10 to 20 per cent. Ascending through Cheyenne Pass to the head of Telephone Canyon, the road joins US 30 (seeTour 2a) at 40.6 m., at a point 9.4 miles east of Laramie. Many emigrants used the road through Cheyenne Pass in the 1860's, as a cutoff from Fort Laramie to the Laramie Plains by the way of Camp Walbach on Lodgepole Creek.
Laramie--Saratoga--Junction with US 30; 99.5 m., State 130.
Route paralleled by Laramie, North Park & Western R.R. between Laramie and Centennial; Saratoga and Encampment R.R., north of Saratoga. Oil-surfaced and graveled roadbed; closed by deep snow between Brooklyn Lake and Saratoga in winter; always open between Centennial and Snowy Range Sports Area. Resorts and lodges.
State 130, the Snowy Range Road, is an alternate route over the Medicine Bow Mountains between Laramie and Walcott ( Rawlins). It winds through timbered canyons to altitudes of 10,000 feet, skirts timber-line lakes at the base of perpetual snowbanks, then descends the west slope of the range to the Saratoga-Encampment Valley, one of Wyoming's oldest cattle-ranching areas. Here it veers north over salt sage wastes to the Lincoln Highway.
Branching west from US 30-287 (seeTours 2 and 5) in LARAMIE, 0 m., State 130 overpasses the Union Pacific and crosses the Laramie River, 0.8 m., which at high water carries railroad ties from Medicine Bow National Forest to the creosote-treating plant at Laramie (see Tour 5c).