Elevation: 11,000 ft
GPS: 41.341, -106.326 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

The closest alpine-ish climbing to Laramie, the Snowy Range (and all of its climbing) is visible from downtown Laramie. All of the climbing is on the east-facing slabs south of Medicine Bow Peak. Most of the climbing starts around 10,500', with many routes beginning above treeline. According to Jaquot's book, technical routes started going up in the 1950s, and continue to this day.

Long (up to seven 200' pitches), less-than-vertical quartzite routes, sometimes on bone-white stone. It's been said that higher grades are impossible in the Snowies, with their abundance of holds. Be prepared to run it out on all climbs. A standard rack is a single set of nuts, and a single set of cams from very small to 3".

Getting There

Take Snowy Range Road (Curtis Street) west out of Laramie to Highway 130. Follow this all the way to Lake Marie, where the shortest approach seems to start from the aptly named Lake Marie recreation area. A faint trail winds out of the picnic grounds to the edge of a scree slope, at which point it's cross country to the base of the routes. From the top of the routes, walk south until you reach the Medicine Bow Peak trail, and walk off from there.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Medicine Bow Peak Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
AI1 Mod. Snow
 3
Gooseneck Couloir
Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine
Mod. Snow
 4
Marie Couloir
Snow, Alpine
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
 10
Red Spot
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 3
Sidewinder
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gooseneck Couloir
 3
AI1 Mod. Snow Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine
Marie Couloir
 4
Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
Red Spot
 10
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Sidewinder
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
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