The next morning I drove north to Windy Gap. The road descended through and across a few small valleys and bowls along the eastside of the range before climbing to the slightly lower pass. There I parked at the junction with a spur road. I then hiked that to the summit of Buckskin Mountain. [photo]usa082.jpg[caption]Granite Peak from Buckskin Mtn., Windy Gap below[/photo] [photo]usa083.jpg[caption]Ice on the road[/photo]
The night had been frosty and in places where water ran across the road it was frozen. That would not have stopped me from driving it, but before the long drive into central Oregon I wanted to do some walking. Most of it was on a good gravel road. There seemed to be some old mining activity and a few snow patches near the summit. It took me a scant 1 1/2 hours. From the summit I then I had great distant views of Granite Peak from the North
[photo]usa084.jpg[caption]Granite Peak and Santa Rosa Peak[/photo]
The road was in good condition as it zigzagged down steep slopes to the west. On the sloping plain to the west there were a few muddy spots, then I came to a T where the more traveled road turned left to a ford, still swollen with spring run off. While I contemplated whether it would be safe to cross a pick-up truck arrived from the other direction and 2 guys got out. I asked them whether this was the way back to the hiway. When they confirmed I drove across, no problem. Once on the main hiway I could see the whole Santa Rosa Range in the rearview mirror and stopped for one more photo.
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