July 17, 2016

Prospector creek, to Bull creek, Avery, Id.

July 17 2016 --58 mi
We headed west, from our camp site, Nugget Creek, along the St. Joe River, on Hwy 50, 4 miles to Prospector creek, one of the few river crossings to the south.  We climbed in elevation, enjoying the views.  There were some fs roads off the main 752 road.

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We kept heading up, past a logging operation. Wow, these guys work on the side of a mountain! We turned off on a open grassy road to the left- Which kept following the contour's of the mountain. Then we came out on  a main gravel road          , where we saw 7 elk on the hillside. We continued to the fork, turning Left, up hill, (no sign) where the fire tower is at Middle Sister Peak at elevation of 6986 ft.
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After climbing the tower, we went down to Dismal Lake, which is very beautiful. Saw Mammoth Springs campground- well it is actually 1 picnic table in the woods, with no parking. Then we returned down fs rd. 509 – Bull Creek to highway 50, and back home again.There were numerous side roads to explore, but it was gettin late.  It was a great ride seeing mountain hillsides, gravel roads draped across the mountains like ribbon. Wild flowers were full bloom, red, white, blues.
Dismal lake

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