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Section 6: Trip Six

Dad—not Wamsutter—south to Baggs on the Barrel Springs Road


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Beginning: 41.659521, -107.967894
     Ending: 41.050488, -107.652773

Note: Posted No Public Access signs have been placed at the North Barrel Springs junctions near the start of this trip. This trip should now start at W-789 mile #30 just south of Dad.

This trip does not begin in Wamsutter, see new starting point below(I-80, exit #173) by taking McCormick Street and across the railroad tracks to S-23. You go south on S-23 for eight miles to a junction. Here you can continue south on S-23 and C-701 to W-789 at mile #28 at Dad.

Turn southwest on the Barrel Springs Road (BLM-3310) and after four miles the road swings to the west. From up here you can see Flat Top Mountain to the south and to the southwest (above Delaney Rim) are the gray bluffs of the Haystacks. Seven miles further west are three No Public Access junctions at North Barrel Springs (18 miles from Wamsutter).

At the first junction you can take the Red Desert Road (BLM-3323) north along Delaney Rim and loop back to Wamsutter (a rough road). About 100 yards further west is the second junction. Here you can take the road (BLM-3313) west and then north up a hill and follow along the rim toward Tipton. At this second junction, turn south on the Barrel Springs Road for about 100 yards to the third junction. Here you can take the small road up the hill to the west to the LaClede Road (BLM-4411/4410/4409, see page 96).

Continue south on the Barrel Springs Road. Along here you can see the Haystacks to the southwest. To the west are the Man and Boy Buttes and to the far southeast is Battle Mountain. Five miles from the North Barrel Springs-Tipton Road junction, you drop down to the Barrel Springs-Eureka junction. Here you can take the Eureka HDQR-Wamsutter Road east for eight miles and join C-701 (S-23 has become C-701 at the county line), 15 miles south of Wamsutter.

Continue south on the Barrel Springs Road. After crossing the creek and climbing a hill, the road travels west for one mile to a junction. Here you can take the road west to the LaClede Road (BLM-4411/4410/4409, see page 96).

Continue south for about five miles to a small junction. Here you can take the road (BLM-4411) to the west and climb through some rimrock to the top of Willow Creek Rim. That road then passes through some blowouts and soap holes to another junction. There the road south dead ends at a pumping unit, so you can either take the road (BLM-4411) northwest into Horseshoe Bend (The Haystacks) and through Manuel Gap to the LaClede Road, or follow the rim road (BLM-4412) southwest to a crossing at Sand Creek and over Adobe Town Rim to hit the Bitter Creek Road. (Both of these are 4WD roads, see page 94.)

Stay southeast toward Flat Top on the Windmill Draw Road and after five miles you cross Windmill Draw. Three miles further is another small junction. The road up the hill to the west goes past Courthouse Butte and over near Church Butte.

Turn southeast down the hill and you get a glimpse of Dad Dail Reservoir. At the bottom, the road swings east through South Barrel Springs Draw and travels across the Mexican Flats to a small junction (six miles). Here a road continues east through Red Wash and hits W-789 at Dad (six miles). Turn south for one mile and the Windmill Draw Road joins the Standard Road at a main junction. Here you can take the road east and hit W-789 at mile #30 just south of Dad.

This trip now begins at W-789 mile post #30 just south of Dad. Here you take the Standard Road west across the Mexican Flats for five miles to a small junction. Here you can turn north to roads passing through the North and South Barrel Springs area.

Continue southwest on the Standard Road. The road winds around a bit as it climbs up and then swings south (past an OFR going west) to a small junction on top of West Flat Top. Here the Robbers Gulch Road turns east past North Flat Top.

As the road drops down the other side, you can see East Flat Top to the east, to the southwest is Powder Rim, and to the far west is Kinney Rim. The road continues to drop down on a ridge road above Hangout Wash on the east and Hartt Cabin Draw on the west. Ten miles from the top is a junction with the Powder Rim Road. Here you can see Cherokee Rim to the south. At this junction, you go west across Sand Creek (one mile) and then travel past Powder Mountain to the Bitter Creek Road, north of Powder Wash, Colorado (see page 94).

Turn east on C-700 for two miles to the next junction. Here the Powder Rim Road (Sand Creek Road) continues east to W-789 at mile #43 north of Baggs.

Stay on c-700 to the southeast and the road drops down across Red Creek (three miles) at the eastern tip of Cherokee Rim. You then follow along Sand Creek for a bit and the road climbs a ridge above the Little Snake River on the south and Red Creek Basin on the north. The road continues along the ridge toward Battle Mountain and Bakers Peak. After passing by a road going northwest, you drop down past Poison Buttes into the basin below.

The road travels through the basin for about four miles and then drops down through a cut in The Bluffs. You follow along the base of The Bluffs for about four miles to W-789 (mile #49), one mile north of Baggs.

Asking for local information is sometimes fun. When I inquired about these "dugouts" near McPherson Springs, the reply was "They must be for something 'cause people 'round here don't dig holes in the ground for nothing".