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Aspen Glade, The 
Cowboy King Wall 
Gun Street Wall 

Aspen Glade Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,600'
Location: 42.5927, -108.7419 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: J. Albers on Jun 29, 2010  with updates from Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady
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The hike into Gun Street Wall. Lovely.


Less visited than the front side, Gun Street offers great stone and some of the longer hard lines at the Iris. The classic routes tend to be harder (5.11+ and up) and thus, Gun Street tends to attract less people. The harder routes here are amongst the best at the Iris.

To ease finding the routes, I have split Gun Street into two walls (Gun Street Wall and Cowboy King Wall) as per the Collins and White guide.

This entire cliffline bakes in the sun most of the day, though it does receive a bit of shade in the late evening. As with the rest of The Iris, this crag is generally viable from mid-June to mid-October depending on the year. There are fewer trees around the cliff base than at other crags, making this a good choice for a colder day.

Getting There 

There are two approaches to the backside. Option one is to park at the standard Iris parking lot and hike on the main trail past the Main Wall. Once you have past Rising From the Plains, you will eventually reach a trail crossing. Turning right leads to the Erratic and Remuda areas. Turning left leads over the top of the ridge to the backside parking area. Continue straight ahead for Gun Street and the Aspen Glades wall. After the trail crossing, watch for a faint trail (marked by double cairns) leading left towards the center of the Gun Street Wall.

The second approach option is to park on the backside (limited parking) and hike up the steep hillside trail that joins the main trail as described above. To find the backside parking area, continue on Limestone Mtn. Road past the turnoff for the main parking area until the road curves around to the right and there is a parking area and road on the left. Park here and walk back a short distance on the main road until a trail is located heading up into the woods. Hike up the up and over the hillside until the trail junction that is described above is reached. At the junction, turn left towards Gun Street and follow the directions described above.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

31 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Aspen Glade

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Aspen Glade:
A Few Quickdraws More   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Cowboy King Wall
All He's Ever Gonna Have   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Aspen Glade
Sweaty Balls   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 45'   Gun Street Wall
Where Eagles Dare   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Cowboy King Wall
Lonely Are the Brave   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   The Aspen Glade
Lonely are the Brave   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   Gun Street Wall
Little Buckaroo   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Aspen Glade
All He's Got   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Aspen Glade
Fist Full of Quickdraws   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Cowboy King Wall
Choke Cherry Eyes   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   Cowboy King Wall
Butch Pocket and the Sundance Pump   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Gun Street Wall
Spurs Equal Velocity   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   The Aspen Glade
Don't Paint Your Wagon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Gun Street Wall
American Beauty   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 75'   Cowboy King Wall
Jolly Rancher   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 75'   Cowboy King Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Not sending the Pump: the theme of July 2016

Butch Pocket and the Sundance Pump 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Wyoming : Wild Iris : ... : Gun Street Wall
This line offers nice stone and a built in warm up. Though it bakes in the sun most of the day, it does receive a bit of shade in the late evening. Begin in a narrow alcove behind a bush (that provides shade for the belayer). Once on the wall, large holds lead easily up the intermittent seam feature. At 2/3's height the holds dwindle, ending at one last shake from a slopey hueco. Charge up the slight bulge on rounded edges and small pockets. There is a non-mandatory (depending on height) m...[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

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Rock Climbing Photo: The backside of the Iris around sunset. Aspen Glad...
The backside of the Iris around sunset. Aspen Glad...
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Looking over beautiful flowers from the back side ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Gun Street from the approach trail. In the center ...
BETA PHOTO: Gun Street from the approach trail. In the center ...

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