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Section 3: Trip Thirteen

The Albany Road from Centennial south to Fox Park

 

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Beginning: 41.294432, -106.026953
     Ending: 41.061255, -106.146187
 

This trip begins by going east from Centennial on W-130 and crossing the North Fork Little Laramie River. Just after crossing the river, the Dinwiddie Road (A-46) turns southeast. Stay on W-130 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 is another junction. Here you can continue on W-11 to Albany and Keystone (see page 56).

Turn south on the Fox Creek Road to the next junction in two miles. Here you can continue south on the Fox Creek Road to Woods Landing (see page 55).

Turn southwest on NF-517 toward Owen Lake and away from Sheep Mountain. The road climbs along a small creek and passes by stands of aspen. After crossing the tracks, you begin traveling past lodgepole pine and a few limber pine trees. One mile further, you come to another junction. Here you can take NF-540 to Owen Lake (two miles).

Stay on NF-517 and the road makes a couple of sharp turns and then heads southwest again. Along here you have a couple of nice overlooks of the Centennial Valley and the Snowy Range Mountains. The road then travels through Dry Park to a junction. Here NF-513 goes northwest for about two miles to the French Creek Road.

Continue southwest on NF-517 and you begin following Lake Creek. (Nice drive.) After two miles, you turn south across the creek and begin following Collins Creek. After crossing this creek the second time, you leave it and follow the tracks south to a junction at Fox Park (two miles). Here you can take NF-512 northwest to Keystone and then over to either Ryan Park or Riverside (see page 56 and page 58). Turn south on NF-517, through Fox Park and past the Miller Lake and Evens Creek Campgrounds, to US-230 at mile #36.

A change in snow conditions forces Jackie to alter the basic molecular composition (rewax) on her "skinny skis". Metal edges are almost a necessity on the wind packed snow above timberline.