09-Jul-2003 -- I’ve wanted to visit this confluence for a long time, especially after
reading Danny Strickland’s report about it. We approached from the west on Highway 16 passing
through the town of Ten Sleep and then on to the junction with Wyoming Highway 436.
We took 436 which surprisingly passed by a golf course. I thought that there wasn’t much
population around to support a golf course. The town of Ten Sleep had a population of less than
500 according to its highway sign. Anyway, we continued on 436 until the pavement ended and
the road designation changed to CR56. According to the County Planner in Worland the road is
also called the Rome Hill Road.
This road leads up into beautiful high mountain valleys. Sheep and cattle were grazing. We
passed the county boundary line, leaving Washakie County and entering Johnson County. We
soon came to Hazelton Road. I had plotted some other waypoints the day before so we began
looking for them. They lead us to roads but each had a locked gate and a No Trespassing sign.
We spent an hour driving around, but everything was fenced, gated and posted. Our closest
approach was 4.88 km.
I had assumed from the prior report and from the maps I had seen that this was high mountain
country. In the western United States that usually means public land administered by the US
Forest Service. My assumption was wrong.
Still it was a great day with stunning vistas and a chance to contemplate the beauty of the earth.
Thanks for getting us out!