Natrona County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: May 26, 2009
Author: Edward Earl
From Casper, I headed W on US-20/26 for 50 miles to Waltman. At MP 50.69,
I turned N on Buffalo Crk Rd (AKA CR-104), which is paved. Call this point mile
0.0. At mile 8.4, I passed the somewhat dilapidated settlement of Arminto.
At mile 9.6, the pavement ends and an information station on the R indicates entry
into BLM land. The road becomes CR-105 and is smooth, well-graded gravel OK for
any street legal vehicle. At mile 22.6, I turned L onto Bighorn Mtn Rd (AKA CR-109).
The road was muddy in places and I had a few slips on steep uphill.
Finally, at mile 25.9, I reached a very muddy point I dared not try to cross,
or I would probably have gotten stuck. I parked here and continued on foot.
I knew it would be a long hike, as I was still 6 miles from the point where I
had originally planned to park and walk. But I decided it would be easier than a
return trip, so I did it. About 4 and 5 miles into my hike, I crossed the
well-signed South and Middle Forks, respectively, of Buffalo Creek. After one
more mile of steady uphill I reached the saddle I had originally planned to
drive to. This point is near the center of section 12, at NAD83 coordinates
(43.4525° N, 107.2286° W). I turned L on the spur road headed SW,
went through a gate, and continued until the road began to fade in a high
sloping meadow on the S side of the HP. The HP itself was a rocky outcrop
with perhaps 50' gain on snow and class 2 boulders.
I located the BM as well as a PVC pipe register.