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Elevation: 8,685 ft 2,647 m
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Wild Iris is one of the most beautiful sport climbing areas in the U.S. It's hard to beat a warm summer day spent climbing the white dolomite pockets of Wild Iris. And to top it off, you'll belay comfortably beneath a peaceful canopy of aspen trees. Sublime.

The climbs are mostly short, and occasionally sharp, but the climbing and experience is more than enough to compensate for these minor drawbacks. There are plenty of routes from 5.9 on up to 5.14, so most climbers will find more than enough to stay busy.

Wild Iris is located at Limestone Mountain at an elevation of 9,000 feet. The climbing season begins when the snow melts (early June) and can last into late Fall. The high altitude makes summer climbing pleasant, but be aware that the weather can change at any moment - wind and cold storms are common all summer. Many of the climbs face south, so also be prepared for warm temps! Remember this is Wyoming - land of the extremes!

A growing number of established, free camping spots are available along the road below the OK Corral.  Other primitive, dispersed spots are available above this road and at the Aspen Glades parking/camping area.  Currently, there are two vault toilet in the area located just up from the main parking lot for OK Corral/Main Lot and off left at the large Aspen Glade parking/camping area down left on Limestone Mountain road. There isn't any water or infrastructure beyond some bear boxes. The closest supplies are located in Lander. Cell service can be had at the top of Lightning Ridge and from the Main Wall parking lot. The OK Corral and Aspen Glade campgrounds have no cell service.

Also, be sure to check out this video about the history of Lander climbing if you have not seen it already.

https://vimeo.com/78859472

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Wild Iris is located 24 miles southwest of Lander on Highway 28. Turn off the highway on Limestone Road and head up the dirt road. Head right at the first intersection and that will take you to the main parking lot. If you cross over South Pass (when coming from Lander) you've gone too far!

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Wild Iris Climbing - Good information about Lander climbing, including condition reports for Wild Iris

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Classic Climbing Routes at Wild Iris

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 629
Red Rider
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 393
Boob Loob
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 458
Claim Jumper
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 330
Gaucho
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 275
The Devil Wears Spurs
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 320
Wotai
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 457
Winchester Pump
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 450
Tribal War
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 340
Zorro
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 329
Wind and Rattlesnakes
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 250
Hot Tamale Baby
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 214
Diamonds and Rain
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 205
Choke Cherry Eyes
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 163
Court and Spark
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 177
American Beauty
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Red Rider OK Corral > 2. Central (Blo… > 3. Saddle Tramp
 629
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Boob Loob OK Corral > 3. Right Side (… > 1. Diamonds in the Rain
 393
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Claim Jumper OK Corral > 2. Central (Blo… > 2. Claim Jumper
 458
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Gaucho Zorro Area
 330
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Devil Wears Spurs Main Wall > C. Wild Horses Wall
 275
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Wotai Erratic
 320
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Winchester Pump OK Corral > 2. Central (Blo… > 3. Saddle Tramp
 457
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Tribal War OK Corral > 1. Left Side (L… > 2. Tribal War
 450
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Zorro Zorro Area
 340
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Wind and Rattlesnakes Main Wall > F. Rode Hard Wall
 329
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hot Tamale Baby Main Wall > D. Hot Tamale Wall
 250
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Diamonds and Rain OK Corral > 3. Right Side (… > 1. Diamonds in the Rain
 214
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Choke Cherry Eyes Aspen Glade > Cowboy King Wall
 205
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Court and Spark Lower Remuda
 163
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
American Beauty Aspen Glade > Cowboy King Wall
 177
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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