Dirt Updates – 2017

 

I am planning to drive the back roads again during the late spring and summer of 2017. I will be updating the guide for road closures and other minor tweaks as needed. For the convenience of those who have purchased the second edition, print version of Dirt, these updates will be listed here as they become available.


 

Online Version last updated: 05/09/2017

The complete 2nd Edition of Dirt has been uploaded to the website. Google Map GPS has been added for basic beginning and ending locations.

 


 

2017 Drives last updated on: 11/22/2017 — All drives completed!

 

Section One: All trips in Section-1 have been re-driven and there are no closed roads or major changes to report. Some individual tweaks are listed below.

Trip-1: The entire trip is now paved (W-213) and the starting route has been adjusted.

Trip-6 and Trip-7: Opposing maps for trip S1T6 (page-22) and trip S1T7 (page-23) should be switched around in the print version.

Trip-11: The map has been updated to more accurately reflect the miles for a given section.

 

Section Two: All trips in Section-2 have been re-driven with no closed roads or major changes to report. Some individual tweaks are listed below.

Correction on Trip-3: The fourth sentence in the second to last paragraph should read: "Here you can take the Marshal Road east and then south for six miles to Rock Creek."

Correction on Trip-4: The total miles for the trip, as shown on the map, should be 83 miles instead of 74 miles.

 

Section Three: All trips in Section-3 have been re-driven with one section of a road trip closed and a work-around has been added. Some individual tweaks are listed below.

Trip-3: The total miles on the map has been reduced from 30 to 20 miles; a GPS coordinate has been added for Alligator Rock and Bible Rock on C-320.

Trip-5: The total miles on the map has been reduced from 89 to 80 miles.

Trip-6: W-70 is now paved all the way over the top of Battle Pass.

Trip-7: The map miles have been adjusted; the last couple of paragraphs have been modified to clarify the end of the trip and/or the beginning of the trip going the other direction.

Trip-10: A note has been added about the closure of NF-517 in Trip-13 below.

Trip-13: The section of NF-517 from the Fox Creek Road to the Owen Lake Road has been closed; a work-around via Albany and NF-500 has been added.

 

Section Four: All trips in Section-4 have been re-driven with no closed roads or major changes to report. Some individual tweaks are listed below.

Update for Trip-1: The dunes section of the trip from Ferris to the mouth of the canyon has gotten worse and should be considered a 4WD road—with extreme prejudice. You have to pay close attention to find the junction in Ferris where C-100 ends and C-497 continues to the canyon or returns to US-287.

Trip-2 and Trip-10: The new highway W-257 provides additional access to the starting point on the Poison Spider Road.

Trip-4: Things have changed a bit at Castle Gardens to help protect the area from vandalism. The road now ends at a small parking area and you hike along a trail to view the petroglyphs.

Correction on Trip-8: The second paragraph references to "Cave Creek" should be changed to South Fork Sage Creek and Middle Fork Sage Creek.

 

Section Five: All trips in Section-5 have been re-driven with no closed roads or major changes to report. Some individual tweaks are listed below.

Trip-2: Added miles to county line to help establish when to turn off S-23 on to BLM-2317. Removed reference to uranium plant on BLM-2317. Updated miles on map.

Trip-3: The road west to the White Mountain Petroglyphs is no longer found at the junction with the road going east to Cedar Canyon. It has been moved one mile to the north.

Trip-5: Removed info about "two small roads" and added Bar-X Ranch Road (S-15) description to the junction 33 miles south of W-28. Updated total miles on map.

Trip-7: The bridge is still out on S-4 so I added info about how S-4 connects with S-7 in order to cross the Green River and join W-372 at mile #12.

 

Section Six: All trips in Section-6 have been re-driven with two sections of road in Trip-6 and Trip-8 closed. Some individual tweaks are listed below.

Trip-1: Added info about a junction with S-73 on Pretty Water Creek.

Trip-2: The last sentence in the second to last paragraph should read: "About 200 yards south of this junction, you can also turn east on S-70 to the Clay Basin Road and the Irish Canyon Road to W-430 (see page 91)."

Correction on Trip-3: The second to last sentence in paragraph one should read: "... you can see Wilkins Peak to the west and Aspen Mountain to the southwest."

Trip-4: The number of miles on the map have been corrected: 65 changed to 45 and 81 changed to 62.

Trip-5: Directions in the last paragraph have been updated and broken into two paragraphs.

Trip-6: Posted No Public Access signs have been placed at the North Barrel Springs junctions near the start of this trip.

Adjustments for Trip-7: References to the pavement ending and beginning when entering and leaving Wyoming have been removed. The junction three miles north of Powder Wash, Colorado and one half mile into Wyoming has been re-described to make it easier to find. Also, the next 20 miles from this junction is now being called an "Adventure" and 4WD or high clearance vehicle is required!

Trip-8: Posted No Public Access signs have been placed at the North Barrel Springs junctions near the end of this trip.

Trip-9: Paragraph four has been updated to account for changes related to the "old Sand Butte Road." Also, a warning has been added when traveling south of the Kinney Rim junction to indicate just how bad the road can get if it is wet.

Trip-10: In paragraph three, the reference to S-34 has been changed to S-27.

 

Section Seven: All trips in Section-7 have been re-driven with one road trip closed. Some individual tweaks are listed below.

No major changes or corrections for: Trip-1, Trip-6 and Trip-7.

Corrections on Trip-2: The map distances have been corrected. The second sentence in the second paragraph should read: "Here you can see Mass Mountain to the southwest, to the southeast is Black Mountain and to the west is Cedar Mountain."

Trip-3: The first two paragraphs have been modified to clarify the beginning of the trip.

Trip-4: Road closed. The road is blocked to the public four miles from the beginning of this trip. The remainder of the trip has not been re-driven.

Correction on Trip-5: The first sentence in the fifth paragraph should read: "Continue west and the road drops off the bench along Hague Creek down to Little Creek at the bottom."

 

Section Eight: All trips in Section-8 have been re-driven with no closed roads or major changes to report. Some individual tweaks are listed below.

Trip-1: The number of miles on the map have been corrected.

Trip-3: The number of miles on the map have been corrected.

Trip-4: The distasteful developed area about 26 miles south of Alpine is mentioned.

Trip-5: The number of miles on the map have been corrected.

Trip-8: The Union Pass Historical Site that was worth stopping for has gone missing.

Trip-10: The road has lost a few miles of dirt and gained a few miles of pavement. The development of the area has increased.

Trip-11: A few details have been added to the last 17 miles of the trip.

 

Section Nine: All trips in Section-9 have been re-driven with no closed roads or major changes to report. Some individual tweaks are listed below.

Trip-1: The first sentence in the first paragraph should read: "…turning off US-14 on the west side of Cody and taking W-291 up the hill to the south."

Trip-2: References to county road P-7RO and the pavement ending at the national forest boundary have been removed. Most of the Chief Joseph Highway (W-296) in the old days of the "First Edition of Dirt" use to be dirt.

Trip-6 and Trip-7: Opposing maps for trip S9T6 (page-135) and trip S9T7 (page-136) should be switched around in the print version.

Trip-8: The dirt road section has been updated to more accurately reflect the need for a high clearance 4WD.

 

Section Ten: All trips in Section-10 have been re-driven with no closed roads or major changes to report. A road shortened and some individual tweaks are listed below.

Trip-7: A few minor changes to the map.

Trip-8: The first two paragraphs have been modified to clarify the beginning of the trip. The map miles have been decreased by approximately 10 miles.

Trip-13: At one time the option to the Dull Knife Battle Site was about 200 yards short of the monument—now the county road ends after six miles and public access is a couple of miles short of the monument.

 

Section Eleven: All trips in Section-11 have been re-driven with no closed roads or major changes to report. Some individual tweaks are listed below.

Trip-1: Confirmed no access to W-387.

Trip-3: There is a new bridge over North Platte River, therefore there is a new starting point with an extension of W-95 on west side of Glenrock.

 

Section Twelve: All trips in Section-12 have been re-driven with two closed secondary roads (see below for NF-843 in Trip-12 and Trip-13; the Moskee Road in Trip-15). Some individual tweaks are listed below.

Trip-3, Trip-4 and Trip-5: I am in the process of creating a new, additional map insert to clarify the array of junctions and options available where these trips intersect.

Trip-3: The first paragraph has been modified to clarify the beginning of the trip.

Trip-12: Secondary road NF-838 going north from NF-843 is closed.

Trip-13: Secondary road NF-838 is closed between its junction with NF-832 and the junction with NF-843.

Trip-15: The secondary Moskee/Cold Creek Road south is now closed to the public.

Trip-17: The fifth sentence in the second to last paragraph should read: "... (26 miles from Oshoto)."

Trip-18: The second sentence in the last paragraph should read: "... four miles further you come to a junction with W-112 at mile #28."