Schoolhouse Rock, at 11,440 feet, is the southernmost rock face of the massive Snowy Range in Wyoming's Medicine Bow Mountains. It is often overlooked because of the popularity of nearby higher summits - The Diamond, Old Main, and Medicine Bow Peak. At close to 900 feet above Lake Marie below, the quartzite face offers some good technical climbing opportunities. And for those whose time, skill or physical limitations will not allow for such an ascent, the trail from Lake Marie offers a scenic route to take in the beauty from the top. Many hikers stop at Schoolhouse Rock on their way to the summit of Medicine Bow Peak. For others, Schoolhouse Rock is their sole destination. Whatever your choice, the views along the way are more than worth your efforts.
The Lake Marie trailhead (west) is about a one hour drive west of Laramie, on Highway 130. The lakes, campgrounds, and trailheads are on the north side of the highway. There should be no problem recognizing the Snowy Range, since it totally dominates the northern skyline. If you are traveling east from Saratoga on Highway 130, your drive should take you just under an hour. The Lake Marie trailhead is at the southwest corner of the lake, near the parking lot.
There are no permits required to hike or climb, but if you are camping, please be aware of current restrictions on open fires, gathering firewood, or discharging firearms. The ranger stations listed below can give you all the latest updates and information on restrictions and special advisories.
When To Climb
The best time of the year to climb is usually July through September. The risks of lightning strikes is greatest druing summer afternoons, so your best bet is to hike or climb early. Winter storms can occur without much warning, so be prepared if that is when you prefer to make your ascent.
Forest Supervisor's Office
2468 Jackson Street
Laramie, WY 82070-6535
Phone: (307) 745-2300
TDD Phone: (307) 745-2307
Fax: (307) 745-2398
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during winter)
The Supervisor's Office is co-located with the Laramie Ranger District office.
Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District
5556 State Highway 130
PO Box 249
Saratoga, WY 82331
Phone: (307) 326-5258
Fax: (307) 326-5250
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
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