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Section 10: Trip Eleven

Waltman north to US-16 on the Buffalo Creek - Hazelton Road

 

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This trip begins by turning off US-20 (mile #51) at Waltman. As you head north on the Buffalo Creek Road (N-104), you can see the Rattlesnake Hills to the south, Lysite Mountain to the northwest, and the Bighorn Mountains to the north. The road climbs up a bit and then gradually drops down to a junction in Arminto (eight miles). Here the Baker Cabin Road (N-108) turns east to Powder River. Continue north to another junction in one mile. Here the Lost Cabin Road (N-103) turns west to Badwater and Lost Cabin.

Continue on the Buffalo Creek Road (N-105, 33 Mile/Arminto Stock Trail) and the dirt road begins following EK Creek through a flagstone lined canyon. (Nice drive.) After about eight miles, you cross the creek at the base of Deadman Butte. Here Cedar Ridge is off to the northwest. The road swings northeast a bit and then crosses Cottonwood Creek and North Fork Cottonwood Creek where you follow it down to a junction (23 miles from Waltman). Here the Baker Cabin Road (N-108) turns southeast to Powder River. Also at this junction, the Buffalo Creek Road continues northeast along the Red Wall to Kaycee (see page 150).

Turn northwest on the Big Horn Mountain Trail (N-109). The road climbs up through the foothills above the First Water Creek drainage (on the east side of the road) and you have a nice view to the south.

After about seven miles, you cross South Fork Buffalo Creek and begin seeing limber pine, aspen, and spruce trees. You then pass by a couple of campgrounds at the Middle Fork Buffalo Creek crossing (two miles) and the North Fork Buffalo Creek crossing (two more miles).

After crossing the North Fork and Grave Creek, the road climbs over a small divide and drops down along Spring Creek (on W-81) to a junction at Kidd Flat (six miles). Here you can go southeast on the Thirty-three Mile Road (W-84) to Casper.

Turn north on the Thirty-three Mile Stock Trail (W-81). After two miles, you cross Bar C Creek and the road climbs over the side of the mountain and drops down to a small campground at the Middle Fork Powder River crossing. (Nice place.)

The road then climbs up the mountain above Rock Creek and travels along the open top above Sullivan Creek. You pass by a ranch road turning east after about five miles. Five miles further, you can see Horse Butte off to the west. The road now begins to drop down a bit and you can see the South Fork Red Fork Powder River to the east. After about four miles is a junction. Here the Big Trail Stock Road (W-85) turns west toward W-434.

Continue north on the Hazelton Road (W-81), and after crossing a couple of small creeks, you follow along the top of a divide at Fishers Spring (Hairgrass Spring). The road continues past the Otter Creek Road (J-3) going west and along the top for the next nine miles. On this stretch of the road, you can see Castle Rock, Table Top, and the North Fork Red Fork Powder River to the east. To the west is the Nowood River and to the north is Hazelton Peak.

The road drops down along Sawmill Creek and then Beartrap Creek to a junction in Beartrap Meadow (76 miles from Waltman). Here you can turn east on the Mayoworth Stock Trail (Slip Road, J-67) to Mayoworth and Kaycee (see page 152).

Stay to the north on J-3 and after passing through a saddle, you can see Hazelton Peak and Hazelton Pyramid to the north. The road drops down across Pass Creek and three miles further is another junction. Here you can go west on the Rome Hill Road (J-3A) to US-16 near Ten Sleep (see page 152).

Continue north on J-3 and the road travels past a few lodgepole pine and then goes past the Goldmine Road (turning off to the northwest). The road then swings around Dull Knife Reservoir and crosses the North Fork Powder River. You cross several small creeks and the road follows along Doyle Creek past Hazelton Pyramid to a campground. You then leave the national forest. Along here you can see Hesse Mountain off to the west (north of Hazelton Peak).

Four miles from the Doyle Creek Campground, you pass through Hazelton and hit pavement. The road crosses Poison Creek and you enter the national forest again. One mile further, you hit US-16 at mile #63.