Laramie Crossing of the South Platte to Fort Bridger, via Bridger's Pass.
Miles. Laramie Crossing to 14. Bryan's Crossing.--Road runs on the south side of the Platte. Good grass and water. 12. First Crossing of Pole Creek.--Pole Creek is a rapid stream, sandy bed. 15 feet wide, and two feet deep. Good grass on the creek, and wood three miles off on the bluffs. 37. Second Crossing of Pole Creek.--Road runs along the creek. Good grass and good camps at any point. Good road. 17 1/4. Third Crossing of Pole Creek.--Good camp. Wood on the bluffs. 20 1/2. Fourth Crossing of Pole Creek.--Creek dry for three miles. Good grass. 20 1/4. Bluffs covered with dead pines.--Creek is crossed several times. Road runs over a rough, broken country. Good grass. 14 1/2. Road from Fort Laramie to New Mexico.--Road rather rough. The valley opens out into a wide plain. Plenty of grass. 10 1/2. On Pole Creek.--Good road; good camp. 20. On Pole Creek.--Road crosses several ravines, most of which can be avoided by keeping on the bluffs; the valley in narrow. Grass not very good. 17 1/2. Cheyenne Pass.--Road passes over a rolling country. Good grass; willows for fuel. Military post established here. 14 1/2. Summit of Black Hills.--Source of Pole Creek. Grass poor. 10 1/4. East Fork of Laramie River.--Good camp. 16. West Fork of Laramie River.--Good camp. Cherokee trail comes in here. 14. Cooper's Creek.--Wood and grass. 10 1/2. East Fork of Medicine Bow Creek.--Wood and grass as far as Pass Creek. 2 1/2. Small Creek. 6. Birch Creek. 5 1/4. West Fork of Medicine Bow Creek. 2. Flint's Creek. 3. Elm Creek. 7. Rattlesnake Creek. 5. Pass Creek. 14 1/2. North Fork of the Platte.--Good road over high prairie. Five miles before reaching the river the Cherokee trail turns to the left, and crosses three miles above. Good camps on the river. 3 1/2. First Crossing of Sage Creek.--Good road. Grass not plenty. 10 1/2. Second Crossing of Sage Creek.--Road runs through Sage Creek Valley; hilly, broken, and sterile country, covered with sage-brush. Grass not abundant. Cherokee trail leaves three miles back. 4. Third Corssing of Sage Creek.--Road continues through sage-brush. Grass gets better. 3. Fourth Crossing of Sage Creek.--Good grass, wood, and water. 9. Bridger's Pass.--Road runs over a hilly country, crossing several small branches, with a little grass upon their banks; country covered with sage. 3 1/2. Muddy Creek.--The valley of the "Muddy" is deep and narrow at first, and afterward opens out. The crossings of this creek were either bridged or paved by the troops in 1858. But little grass in this valley. 20 1/2. Near Muddy Creek.--Very little grass; poor camp. 16 1/2. Bridger's Fork of the Muddy Creek.--The road for thirteen miles runs over a rolling country, then over a rough, broken country, with deep ravines. No water in this fork in a dry season; small springs of brackish water near the crossing. Grass poor. 4. Small Spring.--Water bad; grass poor. 2 1/2. Small Spring.--In the bluff. Water bad; grass poor. 1. Haystack.--Clay butte. Spring in the dry bed of the creek. Bunch-grass. 5 1/2. Small Springs.--In bluffs on the right of the road. Grass poor and water bad. 7 1/2. Springs.--There is a fine spring at the foot of a steep hill on the south side of the road. Very little grass; rushes on the creek. 3 1/2. South Fork of Bitter Creek.--Good grass and water. 14 3/4. On Bitter Creek.--Country hilly, and intersected with deep ravines. South Fork is a find stream of good water. 16. Sulphur Springs.--Road very hilly, crossing many deep ravines. Grass and sage plenty. 9. Bitter Creek Crossing.--No grass at the crossing. Water bitter when the creek is down, but tolerable in high water. Road rough, with numerous ravines. 18 1/2. North Fork of Bitter Creek.--Cherokee trail enters near the crossing. Road good, but little grass except in spots. Sage for fuel. 4. Bluffs.--Springs of good water in the elevated bluffs on the right of the road in the cottonwood groves. Grass good and abundant at the base of the bluffs. 11 3/4. Green River.--Road is very rough and hilly, and winds along the valley of the creek. Good camp on the river, with plenty of wood and grass. 15 3/4. Crossing of Black's Fork.--Road runs up through Rabbit Hollow, which is steep and sandy; it then passes over rolling prairie to Black's Fork. Bunch-grass on the hills, and good camp at the crossing. 11 1/4. Fort Laramie Road.--Rolling country; good road through sage bushes. Good camps along the creek. 5 3/4. Ham's Fork.--Good camp on either side of the creek. United States bridge here; good road. 3/4. Black's Fork Crossing.--Good ford except in high water, when the right-hand road on the north bank of the creek is generally traveled. 14 1/2. Fourth Crossing of Black's Fork.--Good road; fine camp; plenty of wood, water, and grass. 2 3/4. Fifth Crossing of Black's Fork.--Good camp; good road. 2 3/4. Smith's Fork.--Good camp; good road. 11 3/4. Fort Bridger.--Good camp near; good road. Total distance from the Laramie Crossing of the South Platte to Fort Bridger, 520 1/2 miles. By the Fort Laramie road the distance is 569 miles.