CR67 Slip Road Southern summit s(u)
In his book "The Great Gates" Howard Spraque
lists two historical passes in the lower southern part of
the Bighorn Mountains: Fraker Pass and Dullknife Pass.
Both of these play an important role in the fight between
Chief Dullknife and the US army. Fraker Pass is on private
ranch land, and it's not even clear if there is a road
there. Dullknife Pass is a very low pass in between red
hogback cliffs on the east side, and much too hot to cycle
when I was there.
However, looking on the map, there is a road winding up
the same eastern slope, apparently with more switchbacks
than you could ever reasonably expect from an American
road, where slicing through the mountain is always the
preferred option. That is Slip Road. Unfortunately the
surface is deep gravel. So this is also not the perfect
bike ride. But the scenery makes an excursion worthwhile
Before Wy191, leaving
from Kaycee, arives at the indistinct collection of
megafarms, termed Mayoworth, a road branches left and heads
immediately for the slip slope of the Bighorn Mountains.
What follows is a staircase of tight switchbacks, that have
a regularity like no other pass road that I have seen in
North America. As already mentioned, unfortunately the
surface is a deep gravel that makes riding a mountain bike
difficult at best.
After about 2500ft of this the road breaks out into a
high range land, bordered by stark monuments of dead trees
and chunks of white sandstone caprock. The road reaches a
summit point, from where you can see the next highpoint on
the road. It certainly feels and looks like this is the
higher of the two points. But the gps tells a different
From North. (described
downwards) It would have been just as easy to build a road
following the broad bread loaf like ridge line to the
southern summit. Instead the road builders decided on a
short, extremely steep decent into a bare, shallow but still
scenically interesting valley, lined with Mississippian
limestone looking caprock at half height. I suspect that the
name "slip" comes from this portion, because
that's what you do as you go down. The description of the
next uphill is on the CR67
Slip road southern summit page.
A Ride with this point as intermediate summit is
on page: CR67 Slip
Road northern summit.