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Shirley Mountains  


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Elevation: 9,153'
Location: 42.21225, -106.5741 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Shirley Mountains are a minor central Wyoming range[tops = 9153] that bounds the southwest side of Shirley Basin. The Shirley Mountains are about 29 miles north west of Medicine Bow, WY. The escarpment/fault faces the Shirley Basin in an "L" shape fashion with the base's east end running west and then turning north. The granite core is the red wall facing east. Among those formations topping the visible granite is a limestone wall above 8000 feet. Along the east west escarpment are some mounds, towers pinnacle and walls with steep faces.

Mt Bikers: There are many 2-tract roads on this flat top that make loops and have cool temps and not to difficult for casual mountain biking. Consult the Google map of this region in high detail to see the many 2-track options.

Cavers: There is also a limestone cave out this way. Consult with Rawlins BLM office for key to access.


Safety: Safety trumps Leaving No Trace in this area. You will find hangers on bolts.

Getting There 

See MAP 1: Take WY 487 north of Medicine Bow, WY for 21.5 miles to jct WY 77 [the old paved road] and go west 9.2 miles to jct 102 and go west on a gravel road. Drive 2.3 miles taking a right to stay on Rd 102. After 6.3 miles go straight [west] at jct 103 staying on Rd 102. Drive 1 mile and take a Rd 3115 south passing a campground. After going uphill and continuing on the flat for 3 1/4 mile you may be able to spot point 8172 to your left. Map 2 covers in more detail the region south and east of here. If you are hiking to the Red Granite Blocks that face east start hiking here, otherwise proceed along Rd 3115 to the rocks facing north. Don't miss the pasley painted abandoned hippy school bus further south on Rd 3115[free camping if still here].

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Weather station 13.9 miles from here

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MAP 1:  Shirley Mountains access from jct 487/77 21.5 miles north of Medicine Bow, WY.
BETA PHOTO: MAP 1: Shirley Mountains access from jct 487/77 2...
MAP 2:  A topo map of the NE facing escarpment of the Shirley Mountains and BLM Rd 3115.
MAP 2: A topo map of the NE facing escarpment of ...
A closed look at the north facing escarpment mounds and blocks of steep rock.
BETA PHOTO: A closed look at the north facing escarpment mound...
The east facing granite escarpment of the Shirley Mountains.  The grassy lowland is mostly private.
BETA PHOTO: The east facing granite escarpment of the Shirley ...
A pinnacle on the east facing escarpment.
BETA PHOTO: A pinnacle on the east facing escarpment.
The limestone rim that occurs where the escarpment changes directions from north facing to east facing.
BETA PHOTO: The limestone rim that occurs where the escarpment...
the Pinnacle close up.
BETA PHOTO: the Pinnacle close up.
Looking at the north facing escarpment while standing on top of the east facing escarpment.  It is not as continuous of a rock band but there are some steep mounds.
BETA PHOTO: Looking at the north facing escarpment while stand...
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By Mike McNeil
From: Spearfish, South Dakota
Mar 20, 2014
Shirley you must be kidding.