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Aspen Glade 0 / 35 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Erratic, The 0 / 22 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23
Lower Remuda 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Main Wall, The 0 / 97 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 98
OK Corral 0 / 85 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 86
Wapiti Wall 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Zorro Area 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12

Description

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 limestone 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 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 number of primitive spots are available for camping, and an outhouse is located just up from the main parking lot. Closest supplies are located in Lander.

The Lander Bar comes highly recommended for food and drink - it's a climbing tradition!

Getting There

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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Classic Climbing Routes at Wild Iris

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 184
La Vaca Peligrosa
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 260
Red Rider
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 157
Take Your Hat Off
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 80
Boob Loob
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 201
Claim Jumper
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 137
Gaucho
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 107
The Devil Wears Spurs
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 106
Wotai
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 106
Easy Ridin'
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 202
Winchester Pump
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 184
Tribal War
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 143
Zorro
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 135
Wind and Rattlesnakes
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 98
Hot Tamale Baby
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 70
Choke Cherry Eyes
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
La Vaca Peligrosa OK Corral > Right Side
 184
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Red Rider OK Corral > Central (Blooming Ros…
 260
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Take Your Hat Off Main Wall > Cowboy Poetry
 157
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Boob Loob OK Corral > Right Side
 80
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Claim Jumper OK Corral > Central (Blooming Ros…
 201
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Gaucho Zorro Area
 137
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Devil Wears Spurs Main Wall > Wild Horses Wall
 107
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Wotai Erratic
 106
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Easy Ridin' Main Wall > Rode Hard Wall
 106
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Winchester Pump OK Corral > Central (Blooming Ros…
 202
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Tribal War OK Corral > Left Side (Tribal War…
 184
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Zorro Zorro Area
 143
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Wind and Rattlesnakes Main Wall > Rode Hard Wall
 135
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hot Tamale Baby Main Wall > Hot Tamale Wall
 98
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Choke Cherry Eyes Aspen Glade > Cowboy King Wall
 70
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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climber73
Fort Collins, CO
climber73   Fort Collins, CO
Some bolts have been cut at Cowboy Poetry wall, but whoever cut them left the first bolt in place. I don't completely understand the intent of the bolt cutter, but I'm not a local. Sometimes the bolts really blend into the rock and are hard to see. This may be common sense, but make sure you can see the bolts and the anchors before starting any routes. Sep 3, 2007
India  
There was a bear hanging out around the camp sites at Wild Iris this weekend. Please be aware, and extra careful with food, etc. in this area. Jun 28, 2008
Jason Albino
San Francisco, CA
Jason Albino   San Francisco, CA
We took our first trip here in July 2013 on the recommendation of the Wild Iris climbing shop in Lander.

Hands down, this crag features the most gorgeous free car camping I have enjoyed anywhere. Check out the sites on the right side once you drive down the gnarly camping access road below the main pit toilet.

As for the climbing, relative to the tufa-filled Thailand limestone I have enjoyed before, the white limestone of Wild Iris was much more technical and generally kicked my butt.

If you like short, steep sport climbs with hand holds that are 80%+ pockets of some kind with mostly Smith Rock-style thin edges for feet, you will adore this place. If that's not your style, you'll probably hate it (at least at first). In short, it seemed like a polarizing place.

The "Main Wall" is definitely the place to be if the weather allows you to be in the South-facing aspect all day. A long, continuous section of walls there may challenge your route ID skills (as it did ours even given the "Lander Rock Climbs" guidebook), but will offer endless route days for for 5.10+ sport climber. Jul 18, 2013
Sam Lightner, Jr.
Lander, WY
Sam Lightner, Jr.   Lander, WY
If you are a regular climber at Wild Iris, Sinks Canyon, or any of the other areas around Lander, and you are also on facebook, please go to the Fremont County Climbers Coalition on fb. Either be a friend or "like" us. That is where you will get posting on the ups and downs of climbing in the Lander area... anything from access issues to grizzly bear sightings. The more people we have come to the site, the better we can get the word out to the climbing community. facebook.com/fremontcountyc… Aug 15, 2013
Tom Gnyra    
A couple of forgetful Canadians here: we may have forgot a pair of black yoga pants at the last site before the end of OK corral. If you find them and would not mind mailing them to a US or Canadian address we will pay shipping. We are already in Jackson and cannot turn back really due to time constraints. If it has been eaten by a bear already I hope the bear enjoys it. Aug 5, 2015
William189
Denver, CO
William189   Denver, CO
Found: Bob Marley's Long Lost Grinder on Limestone Mountain's ridge.

On the way to opening some sick V-B bouldering problems (they are must do's; one problem even has a beer-nook for the move that requires two hands) on Limestone Mountain's prominent ridge, I stumbled upon Bob Marley's Long Lost Grinder reflecting the sunlight in between some lose rocks, dirty and spare grass. Please describe the grinder, and it's the aroma, especially the later in detail, so that I know it is really yours. Then, we can figure out how to get it back to you.

Happy climbing and other activities... Sep 5, 2016
Emily Harris
Salt Lake City, UT
Emily Harris   Salt Lake City, UT
Does anyone have any idea if the road to the Wild Iris main parking area (Limestone Mountain Road) is drive-able yet? May 31, 2017
E Johnson
Boulder, CO
E Johnson   Boulder, CO
June 2017: Waffles the grizzly is back. Respect the bear and his home. Make lots of noise while in the trees so you don't surprise him. Keep a clean camp. You may get ticketed this year if you don't. Remember: a fed bear is a dead bear. And that ain't fair. Jun 12, 2017
Shaneen Doctor
Salt Lake Coty
Shaneen Doctor   Salt Lake Coty
The ROAD!!! Be careful driving down the road past the outhouse. It is a flat tire death trap. We got a flat on our way back to our campsite and had a mini epic. The guy who fixed our tire said that since the festival he's had 30+ (!!!) flats from that road. Our our four days there we saw 3.

Lessons learned; 1: Camp at the quarry or in aspen glades 2. Have a good spare and make sure it's filled. 3. Don't get a flat on a saturday night or Sunday because you're out of luck until Monday at 8am. 4. The tow trucks can't help you or tow you if you are on an unmaintained road, even with triple a. 5. Climbers are very helpful, we are lucky to have such a great community. Jul 24, 2017
I second the comment about the road. I got two flat tires last summer just after going onto Limestone Mountain road and driving thru the camping area. I think there is the distinct possibility that the road is being sabotaged. The trials bikers were helpful in fixing one flat so I could make it to town. Jul 25, 2017
Limestone mountain road is always a tire shredder, especially just after the grader has been through and thrown up some sharp rocks. I remember a trip home about 10 years ago when my partner got 2 flats at the same time. Luckily he had a spare for one flat and a patch and a pump that he plugged into the cigarette lighter. Driving slowly helps a little but be careful if your tires are not beefy. Aug 2, 2017
My partner and I drove off with a pair of blue salomon shoes, a yeti rambler cup, and one yellow teva on top of our car. If anyone found these in the main parking lot for wild iris or on the road down to the highway please call or text 720-308-0398. We would hugely appreciate it and would pay for shipping back to Colorado plus some beer money. We left several of my business cards on cars in the lot this morning with a note about this. Thanks! Aug 4, 2017
Lucas DeYoung
Michigan
Lucas DeYoung   Michigan
What does the weather look like here in May? Is it possible to drive up to Wild Iris with the snow? Looking to head somewhere at the beginning of my summer break and this place always comes to mind. Last year we came in June and there was still snow on the ground, but it wasn't blocking the road... Feb 6, 2018
I forgot about pair of brown flip flops at the base of blood orange, erratic wall, yesterday. If you happen to see them I'd like to get them back. My number is 307-399-9515. Thanks. Jun 21, 2018
Benjamin Krick
Fayetteville, AR
Benjamin Krick   Fayetteville, AR
  • * Road that runs under ok corral will be closed Thursday and Friday to fix the road to the camping sites
August 9/10 road closure Aug 8, 2018 · Temporary Report

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