Washakie County High Point Trip Report

Date: July 30, 2002
Author: Edward Earl

This one has 3 easy areas, all about 1/4 mile from US-16 just west of the Johnson county line. Two closed 9600 contour areas are south of the highway, and the third, a 9600+ liner, is north of the highway. I parked at a junction where a gravel Forest Service road veers off the south side of the highway within sight of the signs announcing the county line.

I visited the two south areas first. The trek to them crosses an open grassy field, negotiates a barbed wire fence at the edge of the forest (no posting seen), and then heads uphill through deadfall. The view between the two boulder piles representing the possible HP is limited by trees, but the east of these two areas is definitely higher, by about 5 or 10 feet. Both have a cairn.

The walk to the north area is mostly through open forest. Just east of the county line (in Johnson county) is a small summit with perhaps 20 feet of prominence. The possible Washakie HP is on a small east-west ridge about 50 to 80 yards west of the summit. About 100 feet west of the summit is a small cairn on top of a 4 foot high boulder with a log leaning on it. If someone put the cairn there to mark the HP (highly likely), I feel it should be moved about 50 to 100 feet west.