|Pass Creek Road|
MACKAY, Idaho -- As usual, the first long weekend of vacation season brought two days of steady rain, even snow in the mountains of eastern Idaho. So when Memorial Day itself dawned partly cloudy, I thought that a long highway ride west across the Snake River Plain to the mountains of central Idaho was better than nothing.
It turned out be an exhilarating spring day of Rocky Mountain riding.
|Pass Creek Pass, looking west|
I thought I would just ride until I was stopped by mud and snow, then return to the highway.
To my surprise, however, the condition of the road could hardly have been better ... enough moisture to keep dust at bay, but enough for mud. While there was some snow on the hillsides as I rode higher toward the pass, there was none on the road.
|Pass Creek Road and Lost River Range|
Eventually I reached Doublespring Pass Road, which I followed westward, back into the Lost River Mountains in the shadow of Borah Peak, at 12,662 feet (3,859m) Idaho's highest. As I ascended to the pass, the road eventually became snowy, but still passable. I simply followed in the treadway of a vehicle that had gone through previously. Once over the summit, I dropped down into Thousand Springs Valley, lush with its high water table replenished by springtime snowmelt.
|Looking west across Thousand Springs Valley|