Section 12: Trip One

The Walker Creek - Manning Road from Douglas to Lance Creek

 

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Beginning: 42.882145, -105.274929
     Ending: 43.043110, -104.707567
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This trip begins by going north from Douglas on W-59. As you follow along Antelope Creek (off to the east), you can see Laramie Peak to the far south and to the southwest is Sheep Mountain. At mile #6, you pass the Bill Hall Road (C-63, going east and then south to US-20 at Shawnee) and cross Antelope Creek. At mile #9, you pass by the Flat Top Road (C-48, going east to the Bill Hall Road) and you can see Casper Mountain to the far west. At mile #11 you come to a junction. Here you can continue north on W-59 to Bill and Gillette.

Turn east on the Walker Creek Road (C-43) and after two miles the road swings northeast along Walker Creek. Here you can see Flat Top to the southeast and to the east are the Cedar Breaks. A few miles further, you cross the creek and come to a junction where the pavement ends (10 miles from the highway). Here you can continue northeast on the Walker Creek Road toward Cow Creek.

Turn east on the Manning Road (C-53) and you cross Walker Creek again. Four miles is the next junction. Here you can take the Dickau Road (C-47) south to the Bill Hall Road or US-20 at Shawnee.

Continue east on the Manning Road. The road crosses Piney Creek and drops over a small cedar ridge to a junction on Twenty-mile Creek (five miles). Here you can take the Twenty-mile Creek Road (C-46) south to US-20 at Lost Springs.

Continue east along the cottonwood lined Twenty-mile Creek. (Nice drive.) After about four miles, you enter Niobrara County and after four more miles, you pass by the K-Field Road (Lightning Creek Road) going north.

Stay northeast and you cross Twenty-mile Creek after one mile. The road then climbs up along a ridge and swings back to the east. Along this stretch you begin seeing ponderosa pine and cedar trees. To the northwest are the Cow Creek Buttes and to the northeast are the Elk Mountains (Black Hills) in South Dakota. To the southeast a bit is Flat Top. Five miles further, you join W-271 and cross Little Lightning Creek at West Lance Creek (the city). Three miles further, you cross Lance Creek and hit W-270 in Lance Creek (the city). Here you can go south to US-20 at Manville, or you can travel east to US-85, 20 miles north of Lusk.

My cousin Ammie and her 4-H winning pony Dutch.