Elevation: 5,000 ft
GPS: 42.481, -107.584 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Umph! on Dec 13, 2006 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson
Access Issue: Sticky situation Details

Description

Located just north of Hwy 287. . . west of 220, and east of Lander (see: Jeffrey City).
Cranner is a rest-stop/historical area (with pit toilet).
Split Rock was an Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail landmark.
The Sweetwater River passes through here; enroute from the Wind River's. . . though not so glorious in this area.

If you do venture far from Cranner then also be aware of abundant POISON oak, ivy, snakes, tics bats bugs lizards canids felines bulls cows horses deer moose griz rodents birds ranchers named Bud aliens ghosts and ancient hosts (and all the ornery flying critters you can think of). . . .

The rock 'round here is excellent. . . NO! I mean, scabby, putrid, exfoliating granite. . . not nearly as good as the worst in Mojave.

One more . . . watch out for slung lead. The rednecks, redskins and Red Army in these parts prefer shooting to damn near anything - as do the miners and roughnecks, and some climbers maybe. If you're seen with out-of-state (esp. green) plates you'll be rounded up with the cattle, castrated and branded.

If somehow you slip by, don't take nothin', don't leave nothin', stick to the roads, and tread lightly. . . and leave all gates as found (open/close).
Thanks. . . .

StickY:
This place is desolate and dangerous WYO desert with very few amenities nearby, and zero assistance should you find your pretty-little-self in a bind.

The people are ornery and the land is mean. I don't recommend coming here at all. If the rednecks, miners, roughnecks vagabonds or land doesn't get ya, some dehydrated whacked-out windblown sunbeaten climber just might. . . . Sweetwater Rocks and adjacent areas require LOW-profiles and LOTS of respect and consideration. Keep all fences/gates as you found them. Do not build fires. Adhere to all posted signs. Do not drive off of existing paths (roads). Do not let your dog run around (chances are great that it'll be shot, bitten, trampled or fed upon). Do not take anything from this land. . . and do not leave anything. Good BLM quads are essential (make sure they're up to date). Granite Mtns (Sweetwater) area closures are adjustable and are done so via ranchers and BLM officiales. Great tracts of this area are privately owned; meaning that they are always closed. For example: Lankin Dome BLM as of last year was closed 04-30 thru 06-31 for public AND private lands; between 03-01 thru 04-31 it was closed on private land. So, sometimes private easements are opened, and sometimes they aren't. . . same with public lands; oh, and mining claims too! Pay particular attention to any signage and postings.

Getting There

That's up to your preference, and not of much concern (better have 4WD - see Gazetteer & quad - try BLM 2404, then east, north of Bills Peak complex). . . . It's getting out that you should be preparing for; and legend has it, once you're in. . . .
Look, really, this place ain't worth your life is it?? Head down the road (east) to Fremont Canyon and the water - or try the more sophisticated stuff around Lander.

May we never speak of this again. . . .

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sweetwater Rocks

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 8
Blue Moon
Sport 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 5
Standard Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 3
Feldspar Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 5
Stargazer
Sport 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Flake Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 7
Tree Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Sky Route
Trad 6 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Blue-Eyed Sandbagger
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
Venus and Mars
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 6
Star Jumper
Sport 6 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
The Faster We Go, The Rounder We…
Sport 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Bushwhacker
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
U238
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 7
Geophysical
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Red Nations
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Blue Moon Moonstone
 8
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport 3 pitches
Standard Route Split Rock
 5
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 4 pitches
Feldspar Route Moonstone
 3
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
Stargazer Moonstone
 5
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Flake Route Moonstone
 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Tree Route Lankin Dome
 7
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Sky Route Lankin Dome
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Blue-Eyed Sandbagger Moonstone
 4
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Venus and Mars Lankin Dome
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Star Jumper Lankin Dome
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Sport 6 pitches
The Faster We Go, The Round… Moonstone
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Bushwhacker Cranner Rock > Cranner Rock N Aspect
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
U238 Cranner Rock > Cranner Rock N Aspect
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Geophysical Cranner Rock > Cranner Rock N Aspect
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Red Nations Lankin Dome
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 2 pitches
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