We start Day 3 from a dispersed camping site just off of USFS 15 at about Mile 104 on the Cloud Peak 500 route. USFS 15 gradually climbs on good gravel for about 3 miles to paved U.S. Highway 14. From this spot at about 9,250 feet, we obtain cell phone coverage for the first time since early on Day 1. The paved road climbs steadily for about 2 miles and then sharply descends for about a mile to Hunt Mountain Road (USFS 10). More dirt than gravel, Hunt Mountain Road climbs briskly through alpine grassland to about 10,000 feet, with big views to the east. After about 4 miles, the route turns onto primitive USFS 213, which starts rough and gets rougher ahead. After a couple of miles, the route flattens and delivers drop-off-the-earth views to the west.
Paul Brasby Photo Album.
Craig Groseth Photo Album.