Section 3: Trip Six

The Sierra Madre Road from Riverside west to Savery

 

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This trip begins by taking W-70 west from Riverside and Encampment. As you climb up the foothills, you can see Blackhall Mountain to the southeast and to the east above Bennet Peak is Medicine Bow Peak. To the northeast is Kennaday Mountain, Pennock Mountain, and Elk Mountain, and to the west is Vulcan Mountain. At mile #51 is a junction where you can take NF-550 past the Bottle Creek Campground and south on the Hog Park Road (see page 54). (Note: In the first versions of Dirt the pavement ended here and you continued over the top on a gravel road.)

Continue west past the Bottle Creek Campground and into the forest. The trees here are aspen and lodgepole pine, further up you begin seeing limber pine and a bit higher you begin seeing fir trees.

At mile #46 the road crosses South Fork Cow Creek and you can see Vulcan Mountain above the Cow Creek drainage to the north. After two more miles, you cross over the Continental Divide at Battle Pass. At this point, you can see the Battle Creek drainage to the west, Red Mountain is nearby to the southwest, and to the northwest is Bridger Peak.

The road drops down below Bridger Peak at the Edison Monument (mile #42) and you can see Battle Lake below Red Mountain. The road heads toward Quartzite Peak and to the far southwest you can see Battle Mountain. (This is a more than adequate area.)

You then go by the Haskins Creek Campground and the Lost Creek Campground. The road follows along Lost Creek for a couple of miles to a great overlook of the Lost Creek/Haggerty Creek confluence.

Three miles from Haggerty Creek, you pass through a terrific stand of aspen trees and come to a junction (mile #33). Here you can take the Deep Creek Road (NF-801) north through Aspen Alley to Rawlins or Saratoga (see page 48).

Continue west past the road to the Battle Creek Campground (mile #32). Here the aspen forest becomes mixed with spruce and pine. Two miles from the Deep Creek Road is a scenic overlook (mile #31). To the south is Columbus Peak (large and domed), southwest is Battle Mountain, and to the far southeast is Hahns Peak.

From this overlook, you continue west through the mixed forest for about four miles and then southwest past the Savery Stock Driveway (mile #27). (Note: In the first versions of Dirt this is where W-70 began again.)

As the road heads toward Battle Mountain, you can see Squaw Mountain between Columbus Mountain and Battle Mountain, and in the foreground east of Squaw Mountain is Flattop. Further to the southeast is the broad topped Saddle Mountain and behind it to the east is Hahns Peak. Below Saddle Mountain is the rock capped Sheep Mountain and to the east of it is Three Forks Mountain.

At mile #21 you pass between Battle Mountain and Horse Mountain. One mile further you pass by C-710 going south to Steamboat (62 miles). The road then travels below Sugarloaf and enters Colorado where you begin following the Little Snake River at Slater (mile #17). You then travel back into Wyoming and cross Savery Creek into Savery at mile #11.