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Section 3: Trip Sixteen

Laramie to Woods Landing the hard way: Sand Creek Pass

 

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This trip begins by taking I-80 exit #313 to Laramie. Turn south on W-287 for about a half mile and then turn west on Blackfoot Street. You follow the pavement around the bend and then south on Fort Sanders Drive. After about two miles, you turn west across the tracks and then south again (past the cement plant) on the Sand Creek Road (A-34). Here you can see the Laramie Range to the east. To the west is Sheep Mountain and the Snowy Range Mountains, and to the southwest is Jelm Mountain.

After five miles you cross Five-mile Creek and begin traveling southwest across the Laramie Basin. Along here you can see Red Buttes to the southeast. You then pass by a couple of mine haul roads going west. Ten miles from Laramie is a small junction where the road to the Hutton Lake Wildlife Refuge turns west.

Stay on the main road as it swings south of Hutton Lake to another junction at Antelope Creek (four miles). Here you can take the Brubaker Lane (A-37) west for one mile and then north along Sand Creek. That road then crosses the Laramie River and joins W-230 at mile #12.

Turn south at Antelope Junction and you pass by Lone Tree Reservoir #1 and #2 (off to the west) after about three miles. You then come to another junction. Here you can take the Sportsman Lake Road (A-316) east across Antelope Creek (three miles) and Lone Tree Creek (two more miles). That road then swings around part of Boulder Ridge and goes by Sportsman Lake. That road then crosses Government Creek and Willow Creek and hits W-287 at mile #416 north of Tie Siding (14 miles total trip).

Turn southwest on the Sand Creek Road. Just after crossing Sand Creek, you pass by a road (A-322) going west that ends on private land. Continue south and the road travels through a beautiful area of swirled and convoluted sandstone. The road follows along the creek again and heads toward Chimney Rock (very nice drive here).

Twenty-five miles from Laramie, you enter Colorado as you pass below Chimney Rock. (It's still a nice drive though.) The road (L-89) now climbs up Boulder Ridge to a junction (six miles). Here you can go southeast on L80C to Fort Collins (64 miles).

Turn southwest on L80C toward Sand Creek Pass (three miles). After going over the pass, the road drops back down again (I guess that's the way passes work) and follows along Jimmy Creek. You go by the Red Feather Lakes Road (L-86) and come to a junction on the Laramie River. Here you can go south on L-103 to Colorado-14 (21 miles). The road continuing west (L-99) loops past Glendevey and rejoins the main road (L-103) south to Colorado-14.

Turn north toward the Snowy Range Mountains on L103 and along the Laramie River. After about six miles, you pass by the Hohnholz Lakes State Wildlife Area road (NF-200) and five miles further, you hit pavement on W-10. From here the road continues to follow the river and travels along the base of Jelm Mountain. Ten miles from the state line, you cross the river at Woods Landing and hit W-230 at mile #28.

Chimney Rock at the Wyoming-Colorado border.