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Curtis Gulch and La Bonte Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,647'
Location: 42.407, -105.6295 View Map  Incorrect?
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Vedauwoo guidebook writer Zach Orenczak says, "Curtis Gulch is the crack and slab mecca of the Northern Laramie Range, it rivals Vedauwoo".

Safety: Safety Trumps Leaving No Trace in this Area. You will find hangers on bolts.


See a slide/music video of the first ascent of Periscope Pinnacle in Curtis Gulch:



Camping: The Curtis Gulch Campground is 1/8 mile east of the Curtis Gulch Trail Head. You can also camp along La Bonte Creek at the various ad hoc site for free.

Water: there is a hand pump in the campground but it doen't always work. La Bonte Creek always has water that is drinkable after filtered.

Getting There 

From the west on I-80 exit at 272 take SH 13 to Rock River. Pick up the Fetterman Rd on the right 3 miles north of Rock River on US 287. From the Fetterman Rd just south of the north Albany County line take a right onto LaBonte Canyon Rd. Drive 4.8 miles down La Bonte Canyon to the marked Curtis Gulch Trailhead.

From the south on I-25 take SH 34 west at exit 73 and continue until MM 36 taking a right on Tunnel Rd. After some 25 miles take a right at Jct Garrett and stay on Garrett Rd until taking a right on Jct Fetterman Rd. Proceed north on Fetterman Rd taking a right at Jct LaBonte Cyn Rd. About 4.8 miles to Curtis Gulch Trail Head on left.

From the north I-25 or NE (Razor city or Rapid City) or east (US 26 or US 18) take I-25 to Douglas and go off ramp at exit 140. Take/find the Cold Springs Rd 91 south of here for 24 miles then take a left at Jct Fetterman Rd. About 3 miles south of the Albany County line take a left at the Jct LaBonte Cyn Rd and the Curtis Gulch Trail Head on the left after 4.8 miles

Climbing Season

For the Laramie Range area.

Weather station 13.9 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',7],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: unclimbed?
unclimbed?
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking east at the entrance to La Bonte Canyon wh...
BETA PHOTO: Looking east at the entrance to La Bonte Canyon wh...
Rock Climbing Photo: A coyote watches all this action
A coyote watches all this action
Rock Climbing Photo: Zach crosses La Bonte Creek just downstream of the...
Zach crosses La Bonte Creek just downstream of the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brent Kertzman 3dr classing "Going to the Cre...
Brent Kertzman 3dr classing "Going to the Cre...
Rock Climbing Photo: Smok'in Bob tells Andrea she climbs pretty good fo...
BETA PHOTO: Smok'in Bob tells Andrea she climbs pretty good fo...
Rock Climbing Photo: A pinnacle on the west side of Curtis Gulch
BETA PHOTO: A pinnacle on the west side of Curtis Gulch
Rock Climbing Photo: Smoki'n Bob Workin'
Smoki'n Bob Workin'
Rock Climbing Photo: Zack poses
Zack poses
Rock Climbing Photo: Outcrops visible from the parking lot
BETA PHOTO: Outcrops visible from the parking lot
Rock Climbing Photo: Zach on Loose Lady
Zach on Loose Lady
Rock Climbing Photo: The high side of the previous pinnacle
BETA PHOTO: The high side of the previous pinnacle
Rock Climbing Photo: Curtis Gulch spires
Curtis Gulch spires
Rock Climbing Photo: Zach does a no hands belay for Smok'in Bob's pics
Zach does a no hands belay for Smok'in Bob's pics
Rock Climbing Photo: Curtis Gulch
Curtis Gulch
Rock Climbing Photo: The eye opening sight of seeing the Rock Ridges of...
BETA PHOTO: The eye opening sight of seeing the Rock Ridges of...

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By Zach Keeney
From: Cheyenne, WY
Aug 3, 2015
To say that crack climbing here rivals Vedauwoo is a stretch at the very least. Amazing looking rock formations from the side of the road. Unfortunately the rock is very dirty, the cracks are very flared, and there are a lot of loose blocks everywhere. I really wanted to like this area but unfortunately it's a nice place to hike but forget the climbing gear.
By Ben Pingilley
From: Denver, CO
Aug 22, 2017
Some friends and I explored the Curtis Gulch area over the total eclipse weekend of 2017. We got completely lost the first day and maybe did a first ascent of a crack. I'll document it and all of Breaks Left later.

GETTING THERE: The climbers trail in the Laramie Range guidebook is correct and is difficult to actually start because of the overgrown bush. It starts 50 feet right of the main hikers trailhead in a small pullout before the campground just right of the creek. Bushwhack through tall grass and small trees, staying relatively close to the creek. You'll come to a gully on your right that heads up after hiking about 1/4 mile. From here follow the cairns up the hill, crossing the downed barbed wire fence. This leads you up to the furthest right portion of the main wall on Breaks Right. Because we were there for two days, we didn't look to find the Breaks Left trail but it does exist. I saw the cairns going down the hill from Breaks Left while exploring the area.

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