Curtis Gulch and La Bonte Canyon Rock Climbing
Zach and Smok'in Bob on "Giving the Finger&qu...
Vedauwoo guidebook writer Zach Orenczak says, "Curtis Gulch is the crack and slab mecca of the Northern Laramie Range, it rivals Vedauwoo". Safety
: Safety Trumps Leaving No Trace
in this Area. You will find hangers on bolts.
See a slide/music video of the first ascent of Periscope Pinnacle in Curtis Gulch:
Camping: The Curtis Gulch Campground is 1/8 mile east of the Curtis Gulch Trail Head. You can also camp along La Bonte Creek at the various ad hoc site for free.
Water: there is a hand pump in the campground but it doen't always work. La Bonte Creek always has water that is drinkable after filtered.
From the west on I-80 exit at 272 take SH 13 to Rock River. Pick up the Fetterman Rd on the right 3 miles north of Rock River on US 287. From the Fetterman Rd just south of the north Albany County line take a right onto LaBonte Canyon Rd. Drive 4.8 miles down La Bonte Canyon to the marked Curtis Gulch Trailhead.
From the south on I-25 take SH 34 west at exit 73 and continue until MM 36 taking a right on Tunnel Rd. After some 25 miles take a right at Jct Garrett and stay on Garrett Rd until taking a right on Jct Fetterman Rd. Proceed north on Fetterman Rd taking a right at Jct LaBonte Cyn Rd. About 4.8 miles to Curtis Gulch Trail Head on left.
From the north I-25 or NE (Razor city or Rapid City) or east (US 26 or US 18) take I-25 to Douglas and go off ramp at exit 140. Take/find the Cold Springs Rd 91 south of here for 24 miles then take a left at Jct Fetterman Rd. About 3 miles south of the Albany County line take a left at the Jct LaBonte Cyn Rd and the Curtis Gulch Trail Head on the left after 4.8 miles
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 13.9 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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BETA PHOTO: A pinnacle on the west side of Curtis Gulch
BETA PHOTO: The high side of the previous pinnacle
BETA PHOTO: The eye opening sight of seeing the Rock Ridges of...
Zach does a no hands belay for Smok'in Bob's pics
A coyote watches all this action
Brent Kertzman 3dr classing "Going to the Cre...
BETA PHOTO: Smok'in Bob tells Andrea she climbs pretty good fo...
BETA PHOTO: Outcrops visible from the parking lot
Zach crosses La Bonte Creek just downstream of the...
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|Comments on Curtis Gulch and La Bonte Canyon
By Zach Keeney
From: Cheyenne, WY
Aug 3, 2015
To say that crack climbing here rivals Vedauwoo is a stretch at the very least. Amazing looking rock formations from the side of the road. Unfortunately the rock is very dirty, the cracks are very flared, and there are a lot of loose blocks everywhere. I really wanted to like this area but unfortunately it's a nice place to hike but forget the climbing gear.