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DescriptionWolf Point is a huge south facing crag in the Little Popo Agie canyon. It is the best crag in Lander for anyone searching out steep, continuous routes up featured dolomite. There is definitely some choss, but the athletic nature of the climbing more than makes up for it. It is best visited in spring and fall as it is too hot in summer and not accessible in the winter months. The cave faces south, but has an arch to it that provides much needed shade. The right side gets early day shade and the left side goes into the shadows in the afternoon. You can think of it as a Killer Cave (in Sinks Canyon) on steroids. The routes are taller, harder, more sustained, and actually start from the ground.
Most routes in the cave proper have first pitches of 12 to 14 bolts, followed by extensions of 6 to 8 bolts. Expect Killer Cave style climbing with less rests and over all more interesting and varied movement. You need an 80 meter rope for many of the extensions, unless you want to lower twice.
Classics include Wild as You Want To Be (11b), Dominate Species (11d), Bark at the Moon (12c), The Beholder (13a), Twice As Loud As Reason (13a/b), Romulus (13c), Alpha Male (13d), and The Big Bad Wolf (14a), although there are numerous other worthy routes here. Currently there are about 55 routes established here, with space available for hundreds more. Grades range from 5.10c to 5.14c with the majority being 5.12 or harder.
Closed due to road conditions in the Spring Details
There is a newly erected gate (fall 2015) that is closed depending on the condition of the road to this crag. It will likely limit access to this cliff and the others in the Little Popo Agie canyon until at least the first of June every year. This severely limits the season as by mid June the temps get pretty hot. Local activist are collaborating with the Forest Service to try to find a long term access solution.
Getting ThereThe approach involves an hour and a half drive on a poor four wheel drive road followed by a burly 45 minute hike down one side of the canyon and up the other.
Start on Limestone mountain road, drive past the Aspen glade parking and continue for several miles, going down some switch backs. You next pass some cabins on the left and eventually reach a T intersection. Take the right fork. Several more miles of increasingly poor roads take you to the parking. After the T, you keep left. The road dead ends at the parking.
The hike starts here with steep switch backs to the river after about 30 minutes, followed by a river crossing that can be downright dangerous in high water. You go up a long rightward traversing trail on the cliff side of the canyon, do some more switchbacks, and eventually come up to the middle of the cave. You will probably encounter rattle snakes on the trail and at the cliff. This is definitely adventure sport climbing and there are rarely non locals at the cliff.
The graph immediately below is stupid. Don't even think about coming here in July unless you want to die from spontaneous combustion.
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