Section 3: Trip Eleven

Centennial west to Riverside on the Rob Roy Lake Road

 

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This trip begins by taking W-130 east from Centennial and crossing the North Fork Little Laramie River. Just after crossing the river, you pass by the Dinwiddie Road (A-416) going southeast. Stay on W-130 to the east and at mile #22 you cross the Little Laramie River to a junction. Here you can continue east to Laramie.

Turn south on W-11 and the road swings around the end of Sheep Mountain and follows along the Little Laramie River. At mile #3 the Dinwiddie Road comes back in from Centennial. Here you can see Medicine Bow Peak and Browns Peak rising above the Centennial Ridge and Valley. At mile #9 you come to a junction. Here you can take the Fox Creek Road to south to Woods Landing (see page 55).

Continue on W-11 for two more miles to Albany where the pavement ends and you begin traveling on NF-500. The road continues west up the side of Muddy Mountain (past lodgepole pine and a few aspen trees). After about two miles, you come to a couple of junctions. At the first junction, you can take NF-513 south to Dry Park and join NF-517 going to Owen Lake and Fox Park (see page 59). At the next junction (a half mile further west on NF-500 and just after crossing the South Fork Little Laramie River), you can take NF-542 southwest to Keystone (see page 58).

Continue west along the South Fork Little Laramie River on NF-500 and you begin seeing a few spruce and fir trees. After a couple of miles is the turnoff to the Spruce Mountain Lookout. Along here you have a view of Medicine Bow Peak and Browns Peak in the Snowy Range Mountains to the north, and the Sierra Madre Mountains to the southwest. A bit further, you cross Douglas Creek at Rob Roy Reservoir and pass by NF-338 going north to Cinnabar Park. The road goes by the Rob Roy Campground and one mile after crossing Elk Creek is a junction (27 miles from Centennial). Here you can take NF-543 south past the Holmes Campground to Keystone and Fox Park (see page 58).

Continue west on NF-500 toward the French Creek Campground (20 miles). You pass by NF-511 (going south to the Platte River or Fox Park) and after two more miles you come to an access trail to the Savage Run Wilderness. As you continue west, you have another good view of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

The road then makes a loop to the northeast and then back to the west again, after passing by NF-510 (dead end) and crossing North Mullen Creek. The trees in this area are spruce and fir. The road drops down along North Mullen Creek for about three miles to another junction. Here you can take NF-225 up the hill to the north and hit W-130 near Ryan Park (see page 58).

Stay west on NF-500 toward the French Creek Campground. As the road continues to drop down, you begin seeing more lodgepole pine and aspen trees. After five miles, you pass by NF-3424 going south to the North Platte River and come to a junction at the French Creek Campground. Here NF-206 goes back up the mountain and connects with NF-225 going to Ryan Park.

Stay on NF-500 to the west and you cross the creek and follow it past aspen, willow, cottonwood, and cedar. After three miles you come to a junction. Here you can take the side road north to the Corral Creek Campground, Bennett Peak Recreation Area and the Platte River. At this junction, you can see Bennett Peak to the northwest, Barcus Peak to the west, and Blackhall Mountain to the southwest.

Stay to the west and the road drops down on C-660 (continuation of NF-500) to the North Platte River below. After crossing the river, the road travels below Barcus Peak and heads northwest, past Bennett Peak, to another junction. Here you can take C-203 over the bridge and travel north along Brush Creek to W-130 at mile #61 east of Saratoga.

Continue west along the river and then southwest for about three miles. Just after passing C-201N (going north), you hit W-230 at mile #104 east of Riverside. Here you can see Baggot Rocks to the north and to the northeast is Kennaday Peak and Pennock Mountain.

"Dead-out fires", don't leave your campsite without one!