Big Horn County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: July 31, 2007
This effort was part of a larger journey
collecting county highpoints in late July and early August 2007.
comments on the Wyoming-based approach
Road access for FH11 is from US Highway Alt 14. On the west side
this is a steep grade, climbing 3,600 feet in 13 road miles,
with at times a 10% grade. I kept my A/C "off" for this climb, electing
the open window for ventilation. The east side of Alt 14 has little elevation
gain/loss, with Burgess Junction being still in the "high country".
It is 16.9 miles north along FH11 from Alt 14 to the Montana state line:
Author: Adam Helman
I placed my feet across the fenceline, into Big Horn County, Montana,
at several strategic locations
- From Alt 14 to the FH11 / FR111 junction is 9.5 miles.
Here, FH11 is good gravel that admits, at times, for 30+ m.p.h. travel.
- The next 1.5 miles (up to 11.0 miles from Alt 14) along FH11
is in moderate condition. At 11.0 miles encounter the FH11 / FR105 junction.
- The final 5.9 miles of FH11 (from the FH11 / FR105 junction to the Montana border)
is in poor condition, requiring high clearance, and, if there is any water,
possibly 4WD as well. Rocky at times.
(a "one-dimensional gridding"); and called it good
as the highest ground appears to exactly straddle the state line.
I did not enjoy this drive cum short hike because of a competition arising from
the need for driving slowly (to avoid a tire puncture), and the perceived need for rushing
on account of an approaching rain band (which would turn the road into "mush").
The combination of these two potential evils
completely destroyed my peace of mind until back at pavement.