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Also, gear caches are not allowed at Wolf Point. The Forest Service frowns upon stashed ropes and backpacks. There is a real danger of losing access to the crag if we cannot keep a low profile and practice good stewardship of the climbing resource.
Wolf Point is a huge south facing cliff 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 4 to 6 bolts. 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), The Big Bad Wolf (14a), and the Lion's Share (14d) although there are numerous other worthy routes here.
The 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 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.
Classic Climbing Routes at Wolf Point
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