LaBonte Canyon

Douglas, Wyoming

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Located 35 miles southwest of Douglas, in the Medicine Bow National Forest. A fun and especially beautiful day hike that follows a major creek drainage into a deep mountain canyon. The LaBonte drainage is a prime example of a creek that begins west of the Laramie Range yet travels uninterrupted east through the mountains. This area contains a large proportion of contiguous Forest Service land. The hiker can freely explore adjacent creek drainages and surrounding hills. And exploration is what the LaBonte area is all about. La Bonte, by the way, was a French trader and trapper who frequented the region in the 1830s. Here he should have remained. The Ute Indians killed him in Utah in 1840.

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"Located 35 miles southwest of Douglas, in the Medicine Bow National Forest. A fun and especially beautiful day hike that follows a major creek drainage into a deep mountain canyon. The LaBonte drainage is a prime example of a creek that begins
west of the Laramie Range yet travels uninterrupted east through the mountains. This area contains a large proportion of contiguous Forest Service land.

The hiker can freely explore adjacent creek drainages and surrounding hills. And exploration is what the LaBonte area is all about. La Bonte, by the way, was a French trader and trapper who frequented the region in the 1830s. Here he should have remained. The Ute Indians killed him in Utah in 1840."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Douglas
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
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Local Contacts: Douglas Ranger District (307) 358-4690
Local Maps: Medicine Bow National Forest Laramie Peak Unit map; USGS: Saddleback Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to LaBonte Canyon

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May 2018