BETA PHOTO: This is the view of the Roof Ranch from near the p...
Cool Area. The rock out here is much more finely crystallized than anywhere around Central, and has some patina. Some of the best granite anywhere. The Roof Ranch proper is made up of two formations, each with at least one big roof, all of which face the highway. Some classic and hard Vedauwoo roof cracks reside here.
Drive along the HappyJack highway, which runs north of I-80 and which you can access from I-80 at the summit 15 minutes east of Laramie, and from I-25 a few miles north of Cheyenne. In either case drive to the road marked by mile marker 30, which is down in a little valley. You will see the Roof Ranch. Take the right fork, following the road untill it ends. No easy to describe trail, just walk up to the formations. The dirt road leading back to it is closed from late March to mid May or so, and they do ticket for driving back there, even if the road is bone dry.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Roof Ranch:
One of Vedauwoo's hardest crack problems. Start under the roof, using the inclusion on the left before the start of the crack as a foot. Pull up, establishing yourself in the flared roof with your foot still on the inclusion, and crank out to and over the lip, topping out the slab after the crack peters out. A true test of flared jamming abilities, no amount of face climbing will get you up this. Bring tape. ...[more]Browse More Classics in WY
On the front side of the roof ranch, just right of The Emperor of Wyoming, there is a bolted (or partly bolted) route that goes up some red rock into a big slot. Anyone know anything about this? Name? Rating? Bolts all the way or gear part way? Any info is appreciated.
That is a Zach Orenczak line. It is bolts to the slot, then gear after that. I have no idea how hard it is because I have never been on it, though I believe it is in the 10 or 11 range. I watched Zach do the FA, and he said the crux was the bolted section at the bottom. Hope that helps.