Laramie Peak

Elevation (feet): 10,272
Elevation (meters): 3,131
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: Wyoming
Latitude: 42.268163
Longitude: -105.442657
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Casper, Wyoming
Convenient Center: Esterbrook

Thanks to Justin Fritzler for adding this peak.

The emigrants got their first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains when, near Scotts Bluff, Laramie Peak appeared on the horizon. The Platte and North Platte rivers, which the emigrants followed through most of Nebraska and into eastern Wyoming, provided a broad, relatively level, natural roadway which headed in the right direction and offered ready supplies of water, forage, and game to hunt. But on the western edge of the great plains, shortly after the emigrants passed Fort Laramie, the landscape took on a different character, breaking up into a series of deepening ravines and pitched ascents.

While many emigrants found their first glimpse of Laramie Peak awe-inspiring, it also dredged up their underlying anxiety as it signaled the beginning of their ascent into the mountains. From here on, the route would become more and more arduous. Laramie Peak would guide their journey for about a week. Although they would skirt the mountain itself, Laramie Peak was a towering presence that sometimes seemed to mock the emigrants as they struggled to ascend the more minor ridges nearby.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There is one trip report for Laramie Peak.

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  • Log #21743 - by Justin Fritzler on Aug 17, 2009
    Departed from Friend Park at 8:50 am. Followed Friend Creek Trail. Encountered 2 other hikers. Reached Summit(4.