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.
Weather station 2.5 miles from here
25 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Roof Ranch
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Roof Ranch:
Moonsault 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Squat 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 35'
Featured Route For Roof Ranch
Squat 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a WY
: Roof Ranch
This is the the beautiful offwidth roof thats about a hundred feet to the right of Moonsault. The bolts are there because when Bob Scarpelli did this thing there was no kind of reliable protection that was big enough available yet. If you use them, back them up. Squeeze up a chimney to the base of the roof and power your way out the roof using stacks, face holds, and over the head foot and leg tricks. Wild climbing. Beautiful route. One of the original offwidth roofs in the country.The nam...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
By Brian Scoggins
From: Laramie, WY
Nov 12, 2006
There's an easy (5.3ish) chimney on the backside of the formation with Moonsault on it, if you want to toprope it. Rope drag would be terrible though.
By richard magill
Jul 16, 2009
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.
Jul 17, 2009
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.