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Ross Lakes Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 11,500'
Location: 43.26265, -109.6546 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Ross Lakes Area is in the northern end of the Wind River Mountains, north of Gannett Peak and Titcomb Basin. Many mountaineering-type climbing objectives abound, such as those on Downs Mountain and Flagstone Peak. Rock climbing objectives are fewer, yet several excellent ones exist for adventurous souls looking to get away from the masses. Spider Peak, Orange Wall, and Bear's Tooth in particular offer stunning multipitch routes up to Grade IV in length.

Getting There 

The most direct access is through the Trail Lake Ranch trailhead. From there, hiking south through Bomber Basin on the Bomber Trail for about 8 miles will deposit visitors at Bomber Lake. From this lake, traveling west/southwest up faint trails for an hour will lead to Spider Peak.

By in large, specific travel will be determined by which objectives climbers seek. Possible alternate approach routes may also take climbers by Ross Lake and Mile Long Lake. In addition, the Ross Lake Area can be reached via the north, south, and east, depending on other climbing objectives (i.e., Gannett Peak) are desired. For more information, consult Joe Kelsey's WInd River Mountains Climbing and Hiking Guide.

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Weather station 20.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For Ross Lakes Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Potential location of West Face Left Route.

Grasshopper Wall. West Face Left 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Wyoming : Wind River Range : ... : The Orange Wall
This is a good climb that was cleaned up on the likely first ascent (this is the winds, Fred Beckey may have called it 5.8 and climbed in boots). Saw some loose rock that was easily trundled and no fixed pro. Route is on a west facing wall over the grasshopper valley, about 500 yards north of the current toe of the grasshopper glacier. Just right of a huge chimney. Begin in cracks just right of edge. p-1- climb obvious cracks for 150 feet to a belay 5.8p-2 climb roof, cracks and face for 140 fee...[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

Photos of Ross Lakes Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Ross Lake
Ross Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Ross Lake
Ross Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Sara snacking on the Continental Glacier, looking ...
Sara snacking on the Continental Glacier, looking ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering in the Winds with Bear's Tooth in the b...
Bouldering in the Winds with Bear's Tooth in the b...
Rock Climbing Photo: Posing down in front of Orange Wall
Posing down in front of Orange Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Daniel on the early morning approach to Bear's Too...
Daniel on the early morning approach to Bear's Too...

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