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4 Stories Snowy Range Sport Climbing Area

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4 Stories Snowy Range Sport Climbing Area 


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Elevation: 8,600'
Location: 41.258, -106.4126 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Dennis Horning on Jul 10, 2011
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Zach attempting Premonition

Getting There 

Take highway 130 west of Laramie, WY for 52 miles, turn left(south, just west of MM 49) on Forest Rd 227 for 4 miles and then left on Forest Rd 225 (French Creek Road) for 8 miles. Cross the bridge on South French Creek and park on the left adjacent to the creek. The 250 Ft cliff is visible from here when looking upstream to the right side. The approach trail begins 80 ft SW of the bridge. Follow it South 100 yards on a flat and soon meet a closed logging road. Go left on this shelf/logging road for 300 yards. When below the rock face take a trail uphill south that begins at an obvious black boulder. This trail ends at the 1st story or face of a set of four.


Description 

The weather forecast shown above is not very accurate for this area --far too hot. See NOAA link below and subtract 6 degrees from daily high. Cool air draining from the Medicine Bow Peak (12,000 ft) into South French Creek Canyon makes this north facing glacial canyon wall the coolest sport climbing wall in WY during the summer. Come here if you like continually difficult climbs near the level they are rated. The climbing area and trail lie entirely on public (Forest Service)land. The climbing is all Sport Climbing on near vertical and overhanging marble. All routes are north facing--cool. The season is late Spring thru Labor Day with temps 58 - 74. The climbs range from 5.4 to 5.12 and are 50 to 80 ft long.

Camping: This is Wyoming. Sleep wherever you dam-well please. The nearest FS campground is 5 miles downstream on French Creek.

Main Problem: The area seldom gets warm enough for women climbers to take off much clothing.

The 4 Stories Rock outcrop (250 ft) consists of four overhanging marble (meta dolomite) faces(each 50-60 ft.) that stack offset-wise on top of each other with sloping grassy horizontal like ledges between each face. From a frontal view looking south this rock cliff has a triangular to trapezoidal shape with each higher story or face shorter in length than the lower one. The climbs of each face or level end below the sloping grassy ledge above. Hence the name 4 Stories. All the climb tops are equipped with Ramhorn open cold shuts.

At 4 Stories an area of routes consists of the climbs on a given story. The first area presented is Story One-The Blue Marble Face. It has 36 climbs.

NOAA Grid Point Forecast


36 Total Routes


['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',1],['5.10',15],['5.11',10],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Photos of 4 Stories Snowy Range Sport Climbing Area Slideshow Add Photo
Map 4 Stories Trail form Parking to Cliff
Map 4 Stories Trail form Parking to Cliff
Where the Trail meets the Blue Marble Wall
Where the Trail meets the Blue Marble Wall
4 Stories as seen from Parking adjacent to South French Creek Bridge
4 Stories as seen from Parking adjacent to South F...
Getting onto the Face of Premonition
Getting onto the Face of Premonition
Profile shot of West end of Blue Marble Wall (story #1) when first discovered.
Profile shot of West end of Blue Marble Wall (stor...
Cliffs and the River. <br />Lots of shade to hide in and climb when its hot out.
Cliffs and the River.
Lots of shade to hide in and...
4 Stories view from high and left
4 Stories view from high and left
Stemming on Premonition
Stemming on Premonition
4 Stories photo revealing the Steepness
4 Stories photo revealing the Steepness
Justine Jennerjahn leading Double Bluff
Justine Jennerjahn leading Double Bluff
Blue Marble Wall
Blue Marble Wall
Easy to find trail Markings i found after i took the wrong trail.
BETA PHOTO: Easy to find trail Markings i found after i took t...
Map French Creek Road to 4 Stories
Map French Creek Road to 4 Stories
What a sexy wall :)
What a sexy wall :)
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By Brent Kertzman
From: Black Hills, SD
Jul 12, 2011

Dingus, It's sweet that you're revealing some secrets! Letting the cat out the bag in hopes of luring Colorado sporto hotties as you've exhausted all of your Laramie options?

We need too come down and climb there next month then ride mtbs at Gowdy.

By Jay Anderson
Jul 12, 2011

Thanks Dingus, can't wait to go back!

By allen simons
Aug 31, 2011

There are "zeros" by all of the walls in the listing. how about adding the routes.

By Dennis Horning
Sep 7, 2011

Allen Simons,

Please find a photo sheet in each area that is a list of routes/difficulty and sometimes a topo. Most people can make this work when they arrive at the area. If you are looking for points feel free to write a route description (story) for each route and thus conform to the format you seem to expect?

By R Connors
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 14, 2013

The beta sketches are great, but I'm wondering if this area is described in any local guidebook?

By Brian Scoggins
From: Eugene, OR
May 14, 2013

No. If Dingus is still developing it, then he and (I assume) Zach have not yet reached the point where a worthwhile book could be attempted.

By Dennis Horning
May 16, 2013

R Connors,

so far no guidebook. As of last summer the Blue Marble Wall gained 6 new routes. L to R. I do not know the names of any but ratings are as follows: 10b Woody Barmore, 12b S. Babits , 12c Griffin, 12c Griffin, 10b Barmore, & a 5.3 Nolan Babits. These routes are dispersed along the eastern half of the 1st Story.

Also Story 3 has 6 new routes. L to R with ratings: 10c Mc Gee, 11a Mc Gee, 11b/c Mc Gee, 11c/d Mc Gee, 11a/b Mc Gee, 11c/d Archer.

By buckie06
Jul 10, 2013

Dennis,
would you or anyone be able to provide some sketchs of the upper stories? The ones for the first are great. I'm heading out to the snowy range in a few weeks and would love to have some beta before hand.

thanks!!

  • Edit*
sorry, my bad. looks like you have some nice info for the two three wall. If you could add some ratings for the other walls that would be great!

By Dennis Horning
Jul 12, 2013

Buckie06,

Please find under story 3 some more info about the climbs on the 3 wall. The first 5 climbs are next to each and it is easy to see their features.

By buckie06
Jul 12, 2013

Thanks Dennis!

By the Ascender
From: . . . CO
Dec 21, 2013

Did you all actually spray-paint rocks to mark the trail?

By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Jan 10, 2014

"Main Problem: The area seldom gets warm enough for women climbers to take off much clothing."


Well shoot! That sucks!