10-Jul-2004 -- Taking Dave's advice(see visit #1), we decided to try the approach on the south side of the Halfway River. Our map indicated that an oil and gas road passes within 1km of the confluence point, so things looked promising.
We headed out from Hudson's Hope early one Saturday morning, taking the scenic route through Farrell Creek, up to the Halfway River First Nations, and back over to the Alaska Highway. We turned off on the Mile 143 Rd just before Pink Mountain and followed it down past the Boring Ranch, turning west onto Cypress Creek road just before the Brady Ranch. We followed this until it broke to the left and turned into FDR 97 road (less a few detours onto rough cut lines). We were now roughly 12km from the confluence point, and we were feeling optimistic!
A couple of kilometers further down the road we passed an oil and gas site (see picture) and then began a decent down a gentle hill.
Up ahead, we could tell something didn't look quite right with road. We gingerly approached an unnavigable washout 8.2km away from the CP that looked like it had been there for quite some time and realized our vehicle would take us no further.
With the weather closing in quickly, our enthusiasm for at least a 16.4km hike waned. We snapped a few photo's, jumped back in our vehicle and headed home. We vowed to return again better equipped with mountain bikes (or quad's?) to complete the adventure!