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backpacking
1 month ago

My three boys and I just packed this trail. it was the first time we had hiked this one. Lots of rocks about midway up the trail to the summit. We had a lot of fun. It was very scenic. There is still a lot of smoke in the area from fires out west and just down the road west of Wheatland. Nice hiking trip for a day. There are a lot of structures on the top of the mountain. Not sure if any of it is still used, kind of blocks the view, but still worth the climb. Take lots of water, not many places to purify water after the first couple of miles. also wear good shoes. My boys and I had a blast and will definitely go again. Late summer early fall a great time to do this one. The leaves are already turning. Have fun!

Some scenic views on the way. Lots of loose rocks, big and small, especially the top third of the trail. Advise extra water, stiff soles and some ankle protection.

on Laramie Peak

hiking
2 months ago

Besides the loose rocks on most of the trail, this was an amazing, scenic 10+ mile hike

backpacking
4 months ago

I went up Laramie Peak this morning, And it was a interesting route. Though we made it to the top, it’s definitely occupied by the most annoying flies. But the view is definitely worth it. I would suggest bugs spray and water. A lot of rocks on the route so some shoes that secures the ankle from rolling. I definitely got a good workout in and some amazing pictures!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this yesterday May 26.. Mostly uphill on the way up but beautiful once you get to top. Lots of little streams on way up. At the top you can see several other mountains and valleys. Beautiful hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Was looking for a hiking trail close to Douglas and saw this trail. The trail was great and had beautiful views!

Friday, November 10, 2017

excellent trip. harder at top. very remote so be prepared

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Nice and cool hike with an abundance of shade. Took my little dog along and he killed it. Not busy at all.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Excellent panoramic view once you get to the top. It is a smooth hike for the first 2-3 miles and then it become hard because of the loose rocks and steep trail.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The first leg of this Trail, until you get to the plateau, is fairly easy for experienced hikers but it's that last hike up to the top... through Steep inclines and a lot of rocks, that take some perseverance and it's not for the faint of heart!! Very remote bring all your supplies

Friday, July 21, 2017

Loved this hike but envisioned less structures at the top. Call me picky but it was frustrating not getting the full view after hours of hiking. Oh Well. Still a beautiful and satisfactory hike!

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A fun trail. The last bit can be challenging. The loose rocks made going down a little more difficult than the climb up. I agree with Laura D. SO MANY FLIES at the summit we opted for lunch down trail.

on Laramie Peak

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fairly easy trail, but SO. MANY. FLIES at the top it was hard to enjoy the view.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Laramie Peak Trail #602 is a 4 wheeler Trail although you better be an expert 4 wheeler. The trail is very rocky, steep and narrow in places. We also encountered trees across the trail. The 602A trail intersects the 602 trail from the CG. This is a fun hike with gorgeous scenery. The summit has a tower with lots of junk laying around but the view is amazing. The Friend Trail #609 intersects the 602A trail after you leave CG. We hiked the #609 trail and it needs maintenance. It was difficult to find the trail with many trees down and some of the trail being a creek. We completely lost the trail about 2.25 miles out. We did see lots of BEAR and elk sign !!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I love this hike. My brother, hubby and I go quite often.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

This was my first peak. Was definitely hard and rocky but I enjoyed the challenge

on Laramie Peak

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

was more challenging than expected. I would say the last 1/3 of the trail was hard. the first 2/3 was moderate

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

This is a very rocky trail on the second half towards the peak. I am not a bike rider, but have no idea how someone could go either up or down. I would not go up this trail again.

hiking
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Its very remote so bring all necessary gear to be safe plenty of wildlife saw a bear that was to close for comfort but I enjoyed it, little foot traffic so its nice and quite i brought my dogs. i also brought some bear protection the dogs chased the bear off

hiking
Thursday, June 28, 2012

LaBonte Canyon
Trailhead: Just to the north of Douglas Wyoming leave I-25 at exit 146 and head southeast on HWY.96 for 3.2 miles and turn right onto HWY.91. Drive about 13 miles where the payment ends and the road becomes Converse County Road 24. In another three miles the road forks; turn left onto Converse County Road 16 (Fort Fetterman Road) drive about 15 miles to the LaBonte Canyon/Curtis Gulch Campground Road (Forrest Rd. 658). Drive downstream along LaBonte Creek for about five miles. Just outside of the entrance to Curtis Gulch Campground you will find signage and parking for three different trails (Curtis Gulch, LaBonte Canyon and Big Bear Canyon). Park and walk downstream through the campground to start the hike.
Driving to LaBonte Canyon from Casper for the first time as I left I-25 it took me approximately one hour and forty five minutes to reach the trailhead (confirming my route as I traveled with map and looking at new scenery and wildlife). Leaving the canyon driving more deliberately it took just under an hour to reach I-25.
LaBonte Canyon Trail is an out three miles and back three miles trail. The trail is open to ATV traffic for the first two miles. This would at first glance seem to distract from the hike, however I saw no evidence of ATV traffic leaving the established trail and almost no litter. People who use the area it seems are aware of and follow Leave No Trace ethics I hope all of you will as well. I was there on a Saturday afternoon and saw one camper in the Curtis Gulch Campground and no one else.
Curtis Gulch Campground is a small (approximately 8-10 sites), but beautifully tucked away mostly shady campground. A pit toilet that is well kept and a clean water supply are available. Cost is ten dollars a night. Curtis Gulch Campground could act as base camp for days of hiking and climbing. If climbing interest you, the area contain hundreds of domes some approaching four or five hundred feet in height.
The quality of rock is excellent. There are many meandering crack/face routes. The rock doesnt lend itself to long straight cracks. I did however spy a few that where at least two pitches long.
This is not as far as I can determine an established rock climbing area. I scrambled to the top of two domes via easy routes and saw no evidence of previous attempts or any repel anchors. So if you come to climb make sure youve got your shit together and you know what you are doing. Because you will die before any rescue operation is even launched.
Back to the hike: The trail follows and criss crosses LaBonte Creek for three miles downstream to the border of the Medicine Bow National Forrest and the back again. The first two miles along an ATV trail. The last mile or so is a foot path. The day I was there it was 102 degrees and I chose to turn around just after the ATV trail ended and the foot path began. The walking was easy, although the beginning of the foot path portion was a little difficult to find. You cant really get lost as long as you stay in the bottom of the canyon I saw at least two other trails leaving the LaBonte trail heading up other canyons (not on any of the maps I had).
The valley bottom that you walk is an interesting mix. For a short section one is walking in high plains like sagebrush environment.
And then back along the stream in the midst of large cottonwood and willows. Some sections are among huge Ponderosa Pines.All the while you are gently steered down canyon buy steep canyon walls. Stream crossings provided views up and down stream I couldnt help but stop and take in.There were lots of fish. Not sure what kind of trout but I assume native. Fishing would be great especially around the end of mile two walking in where one encounters abundant beaver ponds.
By the way, if you cant control your dogs please dont bring them. Keep them out of the ponds please.
This ripairian enviromen was incredibly rich with wildlife. The trail often raises up above the creek affording you veiws(with the aid of binoculars) into the top of trees along the creek.This canyon truly is a bird watchers paridise. I am an amature bird watcher and I identified no less than tweny six speicies in my four hours in the canyon!
Larger wild life also abounds. I saw white tail deer, beaver and Elk. I also saw sign of Bighorn Sheep, Black Bear and Racoon. There also was no shortage of butterflys.
No matter what your interest, whether it be hiking, climbing, fishing/hunting, wildlife viewing or just a quiet little place at the end of a not very busy road to spend some time in the shade of a large tree by a stream with friends cooking good food a perhaps enjoying some fine single malt LaBonte Canyon can deliver.
Hope you come. I know you will enjoy if you do.

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