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Curtis Gulch and La Bonte Canyon

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Curtis Gulch and La Bonte Canyon 


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Elevation: 6,647'
Location: 42.407, -105.6295 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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:
youtu.be/kXzvR4i6wpU


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.


Getting There 

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


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Brent Kertzman 3dr classing "Going to the Crematory"
Brent Kertzman 3dr classing "Going to the Cremator...
A pinnacle on the west side of Curtis Gulch
BETA PHOTO: A pinnacle on the west side of Curtis Gulch
Zach does a no hands belay for Smok'in Bob's pics
Zach does a no hands belay for Smok'in Bob's pics
The high side of the previous pinnacle
BETA PHOTO: The high side of the previous pinnacle
A coyote watches all this action
A coyote watches all this action
Zach and Smok'in Bob on "Giving the Finger"
Zach and Smok'in Bob on "Giving the Finger"
Smoki'n Bob Workin'
Smoki'n Bob Workin'
Zach on Loose Lady
Zach on Loose Lady
Smok'in Bob tells Andrea she climbs pretty good for a girl.
BETA PHOTO: Smok'in Bob tells Andrea she climbs pretty good fo...
Outcrops visible from the parking lot
BETA PHOTO: Outcrops visible from the parking lot
Zach crosses La Bonte Creek just downstream of the Curtis Gulch FS Campground
Zach crosses La Bonte Creek just downstream of the...
Zack poses
Zack poses
Looking east at the entrance to La Bonte Canyon while on the road to Camelback Mountain.
BETA PHOTO: Looking east at the entrance to La Bonte Canyon wh...
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