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Section 12: Trip Sixteen

Weston to Carlile the hard way: via Rockypoint

 

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This trip begins by turning off W-59 at Weston (mile #144). As you head east on the Heald Road, you can see the Mitchell Creek Breaks to the south and to the west is the "Ridge west of the Store". After two miles, you cross the Little Powder River and come to a junction at Soda Wells. Here the Soda Wells Road turns southeast toward Adon and The Breaks. Also at this junction you can take the Heald-Bergreen Road east to Oshoto (the easy way, see page 183).

Turn north along the river on the Rocky Point Road and after a couple of miles the road swings northeast. Three miles further, the road crosses ZV Creek and climbs up a divide where you can see Rocky Butte to the northwest. As the road continues northeast, you cross Duck Creek (five miles) and you begin to climb up a bit. You then cross over part of the Duck Creek Breaks and drop down Bowman Hill to a junction on Dry Creek. Here the Jenkins Road turns southeast and the Parks Road turns north.

Continue northeast across the creek. After two more miles, you cross the North Fork Little Missouri River to a junction (25 miles from Weston). Here you can turn north to Rockypoint (three miles) and another junction. There you can turn west to W-59 near the state line, or you can continue north to Broadus, Montana.

Turn east and then south on the D Road. Along here you can see the Missouri Buttes and the top of Devils Tower to the southeast. After three miles, you enter Crook County on C-68. You then pass by the Jenkins Road and the D Connection Road and begin following Cracker Creek. Here you can see Monument Hill just off to the east a bit. Two miles after crossing Cracker Creek, you cross Prairie Creek and begin following Short Prong Prairie Creek. Four miles further is a junction. Here you can take the LA Ranch Road west to the Heald-Bergreen Road and then back to Weston.

Continue south and you cross Good Lad Creek to a junction (11 miles from the Prairie Creek crossing). Here you can go south on the D Road to I-90 at Moorcroft. Turn east along Deadman Creek to Oshoto (two miles). Here you can go north along the Little Missouri River to New Haven or Alzada, Montana, or you can turn south to Moorcroft (see page 184).

Continue east and cross the river on the Cabin Creek Road (C-116). The road swings southeast and then zig-zags across the flats. About eight miles from Oshoto, you begin following Cabin Creek (with peachleaf willow, boxelder, and cottonwood trees along the bottom and ponderosa pine on the hillsides). Four miles further, you hit US-14 at mile #176, just north of Carlile.

Smeagle demonstrating the phenomena that the sun can make and take heat.