Laramie River Canyon Rocks Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The top of the South facing wall of Gneiss Canyon ...
The Laramie River Canyon Rocks(Tunnel Road Section) are a dissected group of walls and side canyons along the Laramie River a short distance below the Laramie River bridge on Tunnel Rd. The rock in this canyon is granite gneiss and very strong. There are trad and bolted climbs in this zone. All of the rocks in sec 30 are on public BLM land. The rocks on the left immediately down stream from the bridge and continuing north for one mile from the mouth of the canyon just below the bridge on the left hand side (west) of the Laramie River in sec 25 are on private land owned by the Gibbs Canyon Ranch. The big mound of rock about a mile downstream from the bridge northeastward and on the left of the river is just in section 30 and is climbable anytime. Consult map to clarify details.
See MAP 1 for the drive of off WY State 34 at mm 36 on to Tunnel Rd. MM36 is 53 miles from Laramie and 16 miles west of I25 on WY34. Drive 11 miles west on Turnnel Rd to a green steel gate and take a right thru this gate.
This road is the public access 2-track on BLM land that along with a hike that will get you into this canyon. The gated 2-track for access is about 1 mile east of the Laramie River bridge on the Tunnel Road. Do not walk to this area by the visually obvious way of crossing the land just north of of Tunnel Road near the bridge. To go this way requires permission from the Gibbs Canyon Ranch.
See MAP 2: After finding the Public Access Gate enter it and drive 0.3 mile in the main gully NW and take a faint left for 300 ft. Park at the end of this small finger of a meadow. From here find a faint 2-track northeastward from of the rock tower that is west of this easy going drive/park. From here a ATV-Jeep trail goes briefly north and then westward over a saddle and drops into a small canyon. Follow the atv trail up the canyon to its dead end at a saddle. From the saddle hike north into the adjacent gully and then follow it west downhill to a boulder field where the main climbing portion of the side canyon of the Laramie River Rocks begins which is just above the visible Laramie River. See Detailed map. The two black dots span the atv portion of this hike.
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By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett
Jun 22, 2015
Dirt roads around here have been affected by the 2015 spring rains.
1. As of mid-June 2015, just beyond the Green Gate is a muddy wash, followed by more deep mud ruts. We used 4WD, high clearance. Not sure if 2WD would work right now. YMMV. Doubtless it'll dry out with time and drier weather.
2. Beyond, the road almost disappears under an ocean of waist-high grasses, with occasional deep ruts hiding underneath, again, 4WD high clearance is prudent.
3. All trace of the 300-yard side-road on the left is gone. You have to stop and get out and search to find vague traces. Seemed hardly worth bothering to drive this. it's located at a grassy area, with no sage just as the road bends around to the right; we parked here.
4. The hike follows cairns; there's no trail to follow, other than a few traces very early on. The first cairn or two are obvious, next 2-3 may be knocked over but look for rocks clustered close together in places, these may have been cairns once. Hike up and over, westward, north of the knoll with the jagged fins on top, south of the more dome-like rocky top. Drop into a large grassy drainage, follow this draw upstream, north-west, until better and more frequent cairns appear; follow these up and across a rise into narrow drainage/gully that drops west, descend this past more cairns (watch for the feisty rattler) to that climbs. For return, be careful to note where to leave this last drainage/gully.