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Climbing & Mountaineering in Wyoming

Wyoming’s many mountains and canyon walls provide numerous opportunities to test your skill and ability at rock climbing or free climbing. Whether it’s basic bouldering at the mountain peaks of the western Wyoming Rockies, reaching Wyoming’s highest summit, Gannett Peak (13,799 feet), crag climbing in the Grand Teton National Park, or climbing legendary Devil’s Tower, there is an infinite supply of climbing challenges.

For beginning climbers, check out the peaks in the Upper Fremont Lake Campground in northeast Pinedale, or Mulligan Park which is just 14 miles up Skyline Drive.

Perhaps one of Wyoming’s most recognized climbing spots is Devils Tower National Monument. Here you will find over 200 routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.12 in difficulty. You can reach the Summit through the use of crack climbing, climbing lines, free climbing or establish your own route
which can be registered at the Visitors Center.

Some of the more popular routes are the Durrance Route and the Wiessener. It is important to note that the Devils Tower is closed to climbing during the month of June out of respect to the American Indians who regard the Tower as sacred.

In the Grand Tetons you will find 12 peaks that soar over 12,000 feet, with the 13,770 foot Grand Teton providing a phenomenal view of the surrounding area. Also popular in the Grand Tetons is crag climbing in Cascade or Death Canyon, scaling the heights on the Owen-Spalding Route on the south side of Grand Teton, and the magnificent sights from Mount Moran’s South Buttress (considered by many to be the Tetons’ premier climb) or Teewinot Mountain.

Wyoming’s highest point, Gannett Peak, can be reached by various approaches. The western itinerary includes midrange climbs like Ellinwood Peak, Mount Sacagawea and Freemont Peak. Should you choose the climb from the east, you will have beautiful scenery and a shorter summit day.

Some of the other peaks in Wyoming are Turret Peak, Mount Helen, Sunbeam, the Sphinx, Chimney Rock, Split Mountain Ladd Peak or Brown Cliffs.



Photo Credits: Climbing Exum Rudge by J Hull; Middle Teton Photos by Quazie Foto; Devils Tower by Jim Bowen