west of Willow Springs, the emigrants began climbing a low ridge known as
here, the emigrantscaught their first glimpse of the Sweetwater Valley,
their "prospect." Beyond that, the emigrants could see the Pedro,
Shirley, Seminoe, and Ferris Mountains(below). The route climbs four hundred
feet in about one mile. This required steady exertion, very trying for humans
and especially for their draft animals.
From the summit of Prospect Hill, now known as Ryan Hill, you can clearly see the wagon ruts immediately to the north and west. Looking east, the route can be seen back to the North Platte and Casper Mountain. Emigrants frequently described this area as rugged and barren, but there was adequate grass for forage and sage for fires. Wildlife was also abundant.
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