4 Stories Snowy Range Sport Climbing Area
Submitted by: Dennis Horning
Getting There
Road Closures:

call 307 326 5258 for latest info::: From the Forest Service...

This summer(2014) the Forest Service will be clearing dead trees along the road shoulders in sections of the French Creek Road 225 & Rd 227. The zone they are currently working will have no public entry until that zone is finished. To find out whether your route of travel is currently open either call 307 326 5258 (the Brush Creek Ranger Station) or from the web www.fs.usda.gov/mbr and View information about road/area closures and delayed openings[too vague].

The other normal alternative was to take French Creek Road FS 500 (all gravel) west from Albany, WY because it had no scheduled clearing/closure earlier this month but it is now closed for serious downfalls.

To get to Albany, WY take a left at jct 11 at MM 21.62 off highway 130 west of Laramie. Drive thru Albany onto FS 500 (French Creek Road). After some dozen miles? you will meet the open other end of FS 225. Follow 225 north for few miles and park at the bridge on South French Creek.

Brush Creek Road Alternative -- The Brush Creek Road leaves highway 130 southward about 7.75 mi. west of the Ryan Park turnoff which is in the forest land about 4.67 mi west of the FS 227 exit(near mm 49). From WY 230 the road is about 7 miles east on WY 130. The turnoff is on a grassy ridge/hilltop. After driving about 7.5 mile south and crossing the North Platte River take a left on French Creek Road FS 660 which shortly goes part way around Bennett Peak and then crosses the North Platte River. At the French Creek Campground take a left onto FS 206 and drive until meeting FS 225. Take a right on FS 225 and stay on it until reaching the trail head/parking across the the South French Creek Bridge. See the map photo Roads leading to 4 Stories from the West

The other end of the Brush Creek Road is picked up at a turnoff on WY 230 about 4.1 miles east of Riverside, WY. Initially the gravel road heads north from the highway and then goes eastward and in in a few miles meets FS 660 and then follows the route described above.

Regular Way(may be closed): Take highway 130 west of Laramie, WY for 52 miles, turn left(south, just west of MM 49) on Forest Rd 227 for 4 miles and then left on Forest Rd 225 (French Creek Road) for 8 miles. Cross the bridge on South French Creek and park on the left adjacent to the creek. The 250 Ft cliff is visible from here when looking upstream to the right side. The approach trail begins 80 ft SW of the bridge. Follow it South 100 yards on a flat and soon meet a closed logging road. Go left on this shelf/logging road for 300 yards. When below the rock face take a trail uphill south that begins at an obvious black boulder. This trail ends at the 1st story or face of a set of four.
Description
The weather forecast shown above is not very accurate for this area --far too hot. See NOAA link below and subtract 6 degrees from daily high. Cool air draining from the Medicine Bow Peak (12,000 ft) into South French Creek Canyon makes this north facing glacial canyon wall the coolest sport climbing wall in WY during the summer. Come here if you like continually difficult climbs near the level they are rated. The climbing area and trail lie entirely on public (Forest Service)land. The climbing is all Sport Climbing on near vertical and overhanging marble. All routes are north facing--cool. The season is late Spring thru Labor Day with temps 58 - 74. The climbs range from 5.4 to 5.12 and are 50 to 80 ft long.

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

Camping: This is Wyoming. Sleep wherever you dam-well please. The nearest FS campground is 5 miles downstream on French Creek.

Main Problem: "The area seldom gets warm enough for women climbers to take off much clothing", Woody Barmore.

The 4 Stories Rock outcrop (250 ft) consists of four overhanging marble (meta dolomite) faces(each 50-60 ft.) that stack offset-wise on top of each other with sloping grassy horizontal like ledges between each face. From a frontal view looking south this rock cliff has a triangular to trapezoidal shape with each higher story or face shorter in length than the lower one. The climbs of each face or level end below the sloping grassy ledge above. Hence the name 4 Stories. All the climb tops are equipped with Ramhorn open cold shuts.

At 4 Stories an area of routes consists of the climbs on a given story. The first area presented is Story One-The Blue Marble Face. It has 36 climbs.

NOAA Grid Point Forecast
Photos
Zach attempting Premonition
Zach attempting Premonition

Map 4 Stories Trail form Parking to Cliff
Map 4 Stories Trail form Parking to Cliff

4 Stories as seen from Parking adjacent to South French Creek Bridge
4 Stories as seen from Parking adjacent to South French Creek Bridge

Easy to find trail Markings i found after i took the wrong trail.
Easy to find trail Markings i found after i took the wrong trail.

Profile shot of West end of Blue Marble Wall (story @POUND@1) when first discovered.
Profile shot of West end of Blue Marble Wall (story @POUND@1) when first discovered.

Justine Jennerjahn leading Double Bluff
Justine Jennerjahn leading Double Bluff

4 Stories view from high and left
4 Stories view from high and left

What a sexy wall :)
What a sexy wall :)

4 Stories photo revealing the Steepness
4 Stories photo revealing the Steepness

Getting onto the Face of Premonition
Getting onto the Face of Premonition

Blue Marble Wall
Blue Marble Wall

Where the Trail meets the Blue Marble Wall
Where the Trail meets the Blue Marble Wall

Map French Creek Road to 4 Stories
Map French Creek Road to 4 Stories

Cliffs and the River.
Lots of shade to hide in and climb when its hot out.
Cliffs and the River. Lots of shade to hide in and climb when its hot out.

Stemming on Premonition
Stemming on Premonition

Roads leading to 4 Stories from the West.
Roads leading to 4 Stories from the West.

Comments
Brent Kertzman  Jul 12, 2011
Dingus, It's sweet that you're revealing some secrets! Letting the cat out the bag in hopes of luring Colorado sporto hotties as you've exhausted all of your Laramie options?

We need too come down and climb there next month then ride mtbs at Gowdy.

Jay Anderson  Jul 12, 2011
Thanks Dingus, can't wait to go back!

allen simons  Aug 31, 2011
There are "zeros" by all of the walls in the listing. how about adding the routes.

Dennis Horning  Sep 7, 2011
Allen Simons,

Please find a photo sheet in each area that is a list of routes/difficulty and sometimes a topo. Most people can make this work when they arrive at the area. If you are looking for points feel free to write a route description (story) for each route and thus conform to the format you seem to expect?

R Connors  May 14, 2013
The beta sketches are great, but I'm wondering if this area is described in any local guidebook?

Brian Scoggins  May 14, 2013
No. If Dingus is still developing it, then he and (I assume) Zach have not yet reached the point where a worthwhile book could be attempted.

Dennis Horning  May 16, 2013
R Connors,

so far no guidebook. As of last summer the Blue Marble Wall gained 6 new routes. L to R. I do not know the names of any but ratings are as follows: 10b Woody Barmore, 12b S. Babits , 12c Griffin, 12c Griffin, 10b Barmore, & a 5.3 Nolan Babits. These routes are dispersed along the eastern half of the 1st Story.

Also Story 3 has 6 new routes. L to R with ratings: 10c Mc Gee, 11a Mc Gee, 11b/c Mc Gee, 11c/d Mc Gee, 11a/b Mc Gee, 11c/d Archer.

buckie06  Jul 10, 2013
Dennis,
would you or anyone be able to provide some sketchs of the upper stories? The ones for the first are great. I'm heading out to the snowy range in a few weeks and would love to have some beta before hand.

thanks!!

sorry, my bad. looks like you have some nice info for the two three wall. If you could add some ratings for the other walls that would be great!

Dennis Horning  Jul 12, 2013
Buckie06,

Please find under story 3 some more info about the climbs on the 3 wall. The first 5 climbs are next to each and it is easy to see their features.

buckie06  Jul 12, 2013
Thanks Dennis!

the Ascender  Dec 21, 2013
Did you all actually spray-paint rocks to mark the trail?

Locker  Jan 10, 2014
"Main Problem: The area seldom gets warm enough for women climbers to take off much clothing."


Well shoot! That sucks!

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