Section 3: Trip Eight

The Browns Hill Road from Savery northeast to Saratoga


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This trip begins by turning north off W-70 (mile #11) in Savery. After passing the Little Snake River Museum (nice place), the road (C-561) climbs a hill and you can see Bakers Peak to the south, Columbus Peak to the southeast, and Battle Mountain to the east. One mile north of Savery, you come to junction. Here the road (C-561) going northeast along Savery Creek loops back to W-70 north of Battle Mountain.

Stay to the north on C-501. (The marker was shot up pretty bad, but I think that's what it said. Poor thing!) You climb up a long hill where you can see Muddy Mountain off to the northwest. The road drops down a steep grade and heads north to the base of Browns Hill. The road then makes a long climb to the top to a small junction with C-752 going east to connect with C-561. Continue northwest across the top on C-501 to another junction in two miles. Here you can take C-503 south to Dixon.

Continue along the rim to the northwest on C-503 for one mile to another junction. Here C-503 goes west a bit and then north through McCarty Canyon. On this road you can go to Rawlins, Dad, or over to Saratoga.

Turn northeast off C-503 and on to C-602 for one mile where the road swings back to the north again. The road continues to zig-zag across the top of Browns Hill and you travel above Coal Gulch on the east. Seven miles from the last junction, the road travels out on a finger between Coal Gulch and Bird Gulch. The road then drops down across Bird Creek to an area where Bird Gulch and Coal Gulch join together at Savery Creek. (Nice place.) The road follows along the oxbow bends of Savery Creek and travels through a small valley for about two miles. You then leave Savery Creek and make a long climb up the mountain.

The road travels southeast along the top to Tullis where it turns back to the northeast to a junction (seven miles from Savery Creek). Here you can see Dexter Peak to the east. At this junction, you can go south on the Aspen Alley Road (C-801) back to Savery.

Turn north across Dirtyman Creek on C-801 and you go over a hill to the East Fork Savery Creek. The road goes over another divide to Deep Gulch and then up and over to Truckdriver Creek and Smiley Meadow. As you climb over the next hill to North Fork Savery Creek, you can see Divide Peak to the east. After crossing North Fork Savery Creek, you follow along Fish Creek for a mile to the next junction (nine miles from C-602). Here you can continue north to Rawlins on the Aspen Alley Road (see page 48).

Turn northeast on C-500 and the road climbs up the side of a hill to the top at Twin Grove. Up here you can see Elk, Coad, and Pennock Mountains to the northeast and to the east is the Snowy Range. Kennaday Peak is between Pennock Mountain and the Snowy Range. The road drops down across Spring Creek and Willow Creek and then Snow Draw. Five miles from Twin Grove is a junction. Here you can turn south on NF-452 to Jack Creek Campground (eight miles).

Turn northeast and after four miles you come to a small junction. Here the Hydrology Road (BLM-3422) turns north across Little Jack Creek. Continue east on C-500 and you cross Jack Creek to another junction in one mile. Here C-640 goes southeast to Buck and Haines Reservoir and then loops around to Saratoga.

Continue up the hill and down again along Jack Creek. After about nine miles there is a small junction where C-408 turns north across Jack Creek and then along the North Platte River. Here you can see Sheep Rock to the north and to the northeast is Sheephead Mountain (northwest a bit of Elk Mountain). Two miles further, you enter Saratoga on Bridge Avenue, about seven blocks west of First Street (W-130, mile #21).