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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-416) 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 take the Fox Creek Road to south to Woods Landing (see page 55). (Note: You use to be able to take the Fox Creek Road south to a junction with NF-517 and then take that road to Owen Lake and then on to Fox Park, but that section of the road has been closed. The work-around via Albany and NF-500 follows below.)

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) to a junction in two miles. Here you can continue west on NF-500 to Rob Roy Lake and Riverside (see page 56).

Turn southeast up the hill on NF-513 and toward Owen Lake and Fox Park. After two miles you come to a junction in Dry Park. Here you can take NF-517 east to a junction with NF-540 going south to Owen Lake.

Turn southwest on NF-517 and you begin following Lake Creek. (Nice drive.) After two miles, you turn south across Lake Creek and begin following Collins Creek. After crossing this creek the second time, you leave it and travel 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 east on NF-512 and then south through Fox Park. The road then goes past the Miller Lake Campground, to W-230 at mile #36.

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