The emigrants crossing the main route crossed the Sweetwater River for the 5th time approximately five miles northwest of Jeffrey City or about eight miles west of Three Crossings Canyon. Those who chose the Deep Sand Route avoided the Three Crossings as well as the 5th Crossing. After the 5th Crossing, the trail leaves the river for about 16 miles until it reaches 6th Crossing, about three miles southwest of Sweetwater Station. All routes crossed at 6th Crossing.
The 7th and 8th Crossings of the Sweetwater occurred about seven miles east of Rocky Ridge. The two crossings were about a half mile apart and served to avoid the climb up an over a steep sandy hill. The approaches were swampy and had to be avoided when the route was wet. Ruts over the sandy hill are deep and well preserved.
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