Elevation: 8,800 ft
GPS: 42.579, -108.718 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Andy Laakmann on Jul 11, 2006
Admins: Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson

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 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, the only vault toilet is located just up from the main parking lot for OK Corral/Main Lot. 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.

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!

Resources

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

304 Total Climbs

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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
 105
All He's Ever Gonna Have
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 142
Boob Loob
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 255
Claim Jumper
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 178
Gaucho
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 144
The Devil Wears Spurs
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 259
Winchester Pump
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 253
Tribal War
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 176
Zorro
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 180
Wind and Rattlesnakes
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 137
Hot Tamale Baby
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 93
Diamonds and Rain
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 103
Choke Cherry Eyes
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 77
Butch Pocket and the Sundance Pump
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 81
Cowboy Poetry
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 73
Court and Spark
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
All He's Ever Gonna Have Aspen Glade > Aspen Glade
 105
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Boob Loob OK Corral > 3. Right Side (… > 1. Diamonds in the Rain
 142
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Claim Jumper OK Corral > 2. Central (Blo… > 2. Claim Jumper
 255
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Gaucho Zorro Area
 178
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Devil Wears Spurs Main Wall > C. Wild Horses Wall
 144
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Winchester Pump OK Corral > 2. Central (Blo… > 3. Saddle Tramp
 259
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Tribal War OK Corral > 1. Left Side (L… > 2. Tribal War
 253
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Zorro Zorro Area
 176
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Wind and Rattlesnakes Main Wall > F. Rode Hard Wall
 180
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hot Tamale Baby Main Wall > D. Hot Tamale Wall
 137
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Diamonds and Rain OK Corral > 3. Right Side (… > 1. Diamonds in the Rain
 93
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Choke Cherry Eyes Aspen Glade > Cowboy King Wall
 103
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Butch Pocket and the Sundan… Aspen Glade > Gun Street Wall
 77
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Cowboy Poetry Main Wall > G. Cowboy Poetry
 81
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Court and Spark Lower Remuda
 73
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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