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Section 3: Trip One

The Pass Creek Cutoff from Elk Mountain southwest to W-130


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Beginning: 41.721874, -106.459373
     Ending: 41.623615, -106.811241

This trip begins by turning off I-80 at exit #255 and taking W-72 toward Elk Mountain (the city). At mile #16 you turn southwest on the Pass Creek Road (C-404). As you head toward Elk Mountain (the mountain), you can see Kennaday Peak to the south. After about four miles, you pass by a small lake and cross Mill Creek. The road turns south across Fish Creek and climbs up a small hill. Here you can see Medicine Bow Peak, the Gap, and Browns Peak to the southeast. To the southwest is Pennock Mountain.

The road turns back to the southwest to a small junction (eight miles from W-72) where the Basin Ranch Road turns south toward the Bow River Guard Station. Here you can now see Coad Mountain, just south of Elk Mountain. Continue southwest along Thode Creek for three more miles to another small junction. Here a dead end road (C-412) continues southwest. Stay west on C-404, across Thode Creek and toward Coad Mountain. The road follows along Thode Creek for about a mile and then begins following Pass Creek through the canyon. (Very nice drive here.)

After five miles, you cross Pass Creek and leave the canyon where you continue following Pass Creek west across the Overland Flats. Here you can see Sheephead Mountain to the north and to the southwest are the Sierra Madre Mountains. About eight miles from the mouth of the canyon is a junction. Here you can take C-215 north to the Rattlesnake Pass Road. Continue west for four more miles and you hit W-130 at mile #8, between Walcott Junction and Saratoga. (Note: For those traveling east from W-130 to Elk Mountain, make sure you take the Pass Creek Road (C-404) and not the Midway Road (C-406) about 200 yards further to the north.)

Pass Creek Canyon between Coad Mountain and Elk Mountain.