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Irish Canyon Limestone 
Irish Canyon Sandstone 

Irish Canyon 


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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 40.7998, -108.7223 View Map  Incorrect?
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The hiking trail at the Gates of Lodore in Dinosau...
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Description 

Irish Canyon was named circa 1890 after several Irishmen robbed a store in Rock Spings, WY and hung in this canyon drinking the spoils. The deep, streamless canyon was stream pirated in the geologic past, so you have a perched canyon.

There are sandstone and limestone formations within the canyon near the road.

Camping: most of the land is BLM so you can camp most places. There is a Nature Conservancy Campground on the west side of the road about 2 miles past the roadside limestone. It gets a lot of shade making the mornings cooler than one can get by camping north of here just past Irish Lakes on the prairie that is open to the east.

There is a mobile-home-store in the southern end of Browns Park about 1/3 mile north of CS 318. They have gasoline, beer, some canned, and packaged goods spud clips. Is this older couple still running the store??


Getting There 

About seven air miles east of the Gates of Lodore near the east end of Brown's Park on CS 318, go north on CO Rd. 10N for 5.1 miles.


6 Total Routes


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Featured Route For Irish Canyon
Route 6, Irish Sausage, on this topo is shown with the separation of Irish Sausage from the other 5 routes that are in a steep zone.

Irish Sausage 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Irish Canyon : Irish Canyon Limestone
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R. Laird beginning the approach.
R. Laird beginning the approach.
Irish Canyon from Jct CS318 and CO Rd. 10N.
BETA PHOTO: Irish Canyon from Jct CS318 and CO Rd. 10N.
Laird with clipping slack from Watkins.  Where are the helmets?  These folks are hard headed.
Laird with clipping slack from Watkins. Where are...
Topo for 6 routes on the south-facing limestone wall west of where the limestone plunges out of sight at the south entrance to Irish Canyon.
BETA PHOTO: Topo for 6 routes on the south-facing limestone wa...
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