It is truly one of the most-recognizable natural landmarks in Wyoming. And it has been serving the locals in northeastern Albany County as such for thousands of years. Laramie Peak is the highest point in the Laramie Range rising to a height of 10,274 feet. And it is most unique at the peak, made up of a stack of massive granite boulders.
Laramie Peak, like many other locations in the area, took its name from the French trapper and mountain man, Jacques La Ramie, who roamed the Laramie Range in the 1820’s. La Ramie was one of the very first “white men” to explore an area that had been home to many Native American civilizations for more than 10,000 years.
And during the Great Migration of the mid-1800’s, Laramie Peak was a welcome sight, and the longest-sighted (in terms of days) landmark along the Oregon Trail. Laramie Peak could be seen for a full week along what emigrants called “The Road”. It could be spotted from as far away as 100 miles to the south, east, and north.
Today, there is one of the very best hiking trails in the state that takes you to the very peak itself. The Laramie Peak Trail is certainly one of the most-used in Wyoming, a 5-mile path that gains 2,800-feet of elevation, that takes you to the top. And on a clear day, one can stand among the ancient Wyoming rocks at Laramie Peak, and gaze into South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado.