Continue on the road where you will pass some sheep pens on your right. A little further you will come to a road heading south over Silver Island Pass to the south side road of the range which goes to Wendover [SW] or to Silver island Point [NE]. After traveling 17.1 miles you will see an earth bunker on your right. During WW II there was an observation tower here with the bunker to observe the dropping of sand filled, practice replica atomic bombs and some standard bombs on a circular laid out bomb target, 0.6 mile just to the west of here.
Travel an additional 2.1 miles on the main road to a concrete block building on Leppy Pass and a fork in the road. The road on the left connects with the south side Silver Island Range road below the pass. It continues on to I-80 exit 4. Take the fork on the right in order to get to Donner Springs. Drive around the south side of the Wendover water treatment building , which is on the Pilot Peak to Wendover water line, mark you odometer reading at the building then proceed to the northwest.
You will cross a cattle guard, this is the Utah/Nevada State Line. Further on you will see a kiosk on our left, we will not stop here now but on the way over the pass. Continue on road for 18.0 miles to a locked gate. Unlock the Crossroads lock then drive east about a half mile to mud flats, turn left then drive 1.2 miles on the flats until you see a rail post and carsonite by the fence on the left at the edge of the flats. Park, look at trail coming from off the flats and read the plaque on the post which reads:
"...ever closer to the green grass when suddenly first one and then the other ox of our leading yoke fell, scarcely a quarter of mile from the grassy ground"
Heinrich Lienhard, Aug 19, 1846
2000 Utah Crossroads Chapter - OCTA HU - 23
HEINRICH LIENHARD comments when they were approaching the springs:
"In this valley there was a great quantity of the finest salt, often in a 2 inch-thick crust. Here and there flowed, a few inches deep, crystal-clear water which, however, was as salty as salts itself, and the poor cattle, tormented by their dreadful thirst, tried constantly to drink of it, only to shudder in consequence. Slowly we were nearing the huge, common camping place where a small village of wagons stood. To this point not a single head of our cattle had given out, and we were coming over closer to the green grass when suddenly first one and then the other ox of our leading yoke fell, scarcely a quarter of mile from the grassy ground. Zins and I had considerable difficulty getting them to their feet again, but after this was accomplished, we went slowly on until we arrived at the grass covered ground, and scarcely had the oxen reached there than they began to run as rapidly as though they were not at all tired. On arriving at the lower end of this wagon-village we stopped and freed the poor animals from their yokes. Fortunately the spring [Donner Springs] was so hedged about by the wagons that the cattle could not gain free access to it, and it was therefore necessary for them to satisfy their thirst slowly from the water that flowed over the ground and gathered in their own footprints. A full two hours passed before they seemed to get quite enough, after which their first need appeared to be rest."
Drive back to the gate, close and lock it or leave it like you found it. Turn right and travel 0.8 mile to a ranch drive way on the right. Stop when you enter the gate and you are facing east. Look straight down to the mud flats. If every thing is just right you should be able to see the trail on the flats. Follow the road left, and around the north side of the Foremans House then turn right and park by the fence. Walk over to the gate in the wood rail post fence around Donner Springs and see the kiosk panels that were placed by our Crossroads Chapter and dedicated in 1994. The pole fence, with the owners permission, was placed around the spring to protect the banks from being caved in by cattle. The spring in 1846 was only five to six feet in diameter.