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Snowy Range 


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Elevation: 11,000'
Location: 41.3408, -106.326 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Mike Snyder, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Brian Scoggins on Mar 22, 2006
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A view of the 'Diamond' from Lake Marie in the ear...

Description 

The closest alpine-ish climbing to Laramie, the Snowy Range (and all of its climbing) is visible from downtown Laramie. All of the climbing is on the east-facing slabs south of Medicine Bow Peak. Most of the climbing starts around 10,500', with many routes beginning above treeline. According to Jaquot's book, technical routes started going up in the 1950s, and continue to this day.

Long (up to seven 200' pitches), less-than-vertical quartzite routes, sometimes on bone-white stone. It's been said that higher grades are impossible in the Snowies, with their abundance of holds. Be prepared to run it out on all climbs. A standard rack is a single set of nuts, and a single set of cams from very small to 3".


Getting There 

Take Snowy Range Road (Curtis Street) west out of Laramie to Highway 130. Follow this all the way to Lake Marie, where the shortest approach seems to start from the aptly named Lake Marie recreation area. A faint trail winds out of the picnic grounds to the edge of a scree slope, at which point it's cross country to the base of the routes. From the top of the routes, walk south until you reach the Medicine Bow Peak trail, and walk off from there.


5 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Snowy Range:
Red Spot   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1000'   
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Featured Route For Snowy Range
Looking south towards the Snowy Range rock climbing.  Gooseneck couloir is the rightmost couloir visible.

Gooseneck Couloir AI1 Mod. Snow  WY : Snowy Range
One of the shorter proper couloirs in the Snowies. Climb between the couloir between two rock pillars, passing an island of rock near the top. Climb increases in steepness from about 35 to 40-45 degrees throughout the climb....[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

Local Information for Snowy Range
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The Diamond Face from the Mirror Lake area.
The Diamond Face from the Mirror Lake area.
The Diamond.
The Diamond.
The face to the right of the Diamond Face from Lake Marie.  School something.
The face to the right of the Diamond Face from Lak...
Joe Williams in no man's land, The Diamond.
Joe Williams in no man's land, The Diamond.
Looking W towards the climbable rock.
Looking W towards the climbable rock.
Looser stuff to the R of the Diamond Face.
Looser stuff to the R of the Diamond Face.
The face to the right of the Diamond Face from Mirror Lake.  School something.
The face to the right of the Diamond Face from Mir...
Diamond Face from Lake Marie.
Diamond Face from Lake Marie.
Medicine Bow, June 2008.
Medicine Bow, June 2008.
Diamond Face from the E side of Lake Marie.
Diamond Face from the E side of Lake Marie.
North Side of Diamond Peak
North Side of Diamond Peak
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By Brian Scoggins
From: Eugene, OR
Nov 27, 2007

Anything to the right of that pillar is dangerously loose since the major rockfall a few years back. Also, Skip's page is a little error prone as far as beta goes, and pretty error prone as far as names go. There's a guidebook available in Laramie at Cross Country Connection written by Ray Jaquot. The topos are pretty much impossible to read, but the route descriptions are pretty good.

By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Oct 22, 2010

Hey Brian,

Just wondering if you could edit the page so adding areas are available? I would like to add Diamond Peak, MedBow Peak, etc. as areas so we can distinguish routes with mountains. I just don't want to have 2 Snowy Range Areas.

Thanks :)

By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Oct 22, 2010

Actually, I should ask if it's okay if I make a new area and just copy all your info/pics over?

By Brian Scoggins
From: Eugene, OR
Oct 24, 2010

Actually, years ago I tried to do precisely that, but then they deleted all of my empty crags since nobody else wanted to post up, and I had really hazy memories of my time on old Main and Triangle Buttress. You can totally take the info though, for whatever its worth. You'll have to ask the other people who posted photos though, I don't claim those. Maybe try contacting one of the area managers?

By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Oct 26, 2010

Well thats a bummer!! But yeah I might try to reorganize the Snowy Page or something, cuz I would like to go up there sometime and put up new routes and have a place to record them lol. So i'll ask around, and see if we can't get this Snowy page looking good.

By Brian Scoggins
From: Eugene, OR
Oct 26, 2010

Like I said, contact a mod/area manager/admin (whatever they're called around here). They're usually pretty responsive when it comes to suggestions for making the site better.

By Portwood
From: Your moms house last night
Nov 21, 2010

Just went on a scouting trip to find possible ice. Any one know of any ice/mixed routes? Ive found some potential routes but it looks like all the snow gets blown off the summit so the potential for good ice to form looks a bit grim.

Potential Snowy Ice?
Potential Snowy Ice?

By Brian Scoggins
From: Eugene, OR
Nov 22, 2010

There's those left leaning gulleys on Triangle Buttress, and I've seen a short bit of blue ice on the right side of the big amphitheater below University Avenue (in the center of your picture). I've not heard of anyone climbing them though. Grunge Gulley (the couloir between the Diamond and Diamond Buttress) occasionally freezes up, but its more a challenge for skiers than climbers. We also get pretty good snow climbing, provided that the road opens while its still in good season. Part of the reason there isn't much info is because you need a snow mobile or a 3-day weekend to be able to get to any of these climbs, and to be honest, I've yet to meet a snow-mobiler up there who carried an avy-beacon, let alone a set of ice tools.

Also, this early in the season, the cornice hasn't formed up yet, so you can't see it. Those gulleys do get a lot of moisture.