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Wife and I finally got out on our first camp trip of the year. Last year we camped twice in March. Oh well, better late than never.

On this trip, we headed out to the South Mtn. range in southwest Idaho. I've never ridden here, or been to the lookout before, though I did drive my pickup around it 18 years ago. I don't remember much from that visit.

Day 1- South Mtn. Lookout and trails


North of Camp Admiral was done on the 1st day, and the southern portion the next day.


Georgie always ready to go. ...and she was wishful thinking. She rode on the back of the ATV on this trip


View of the South Mtn range




Is everthing named South Mtn.?:D


Gotta travel through the Thunder Mtn mine company on the way


But first we stopped for a geocache and sleep (wife)


Mine worker subdivision housing




Chief's quarters


Mine office...where all the paperwork is completed




More mine stuff


Old entrance (small) and new entrance (large)? This mine was closed long time ago and re-opened within the last few years


Day 1 to be continued
 

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Awesome Admiral! So jealous! Keep the pictures coming please. So, are people actually staying in those wood frame cabins??


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So, are people actually staying in those wood frame cabins??


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Kinda looked like they could, but not sure. Holiday weekend, so no one around. No workers campers either. Didn't seem like they started back mining yet, but getting stuff ready.
 

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Day 1 Part 1/2 contiued

On side hill approach road looking south, (zoomed in) got my first glance of the lookout


Further north on the ridge we come to a road jct (looking north). South will take us to the lookout.


But first we gotta stop and checkout another geocache


Wife keeping her back to the wind at the cache. Actually, I think she hiding trying to txt on the cell phone. Didn't work, no service with our phones!


Getting closer (zoomed in)


We had to park here because of (note the 2 fellas who've joined us)


of this


We could have driven up a steep unauthorized/old route to the lookout, but didn't want to tear up the soft mountain side, so we hiked a short distance to the lookout


Great views. To the north, Delemar Mine in the Silver City, ID range


East (ish). Oh, and if you have to go to the bathroom in a hurry, better run! Outhouse is a ways from the lookout!


The Mountain Office


After checking out the lookout, we drove to a nearby hill looking back at South Mtn. lookout and had a little lunch break.
I think all the squiggly lines are part of another mine, but we couldn't drive to it because of snow drifts on the roads


Two fellas story. While we were at the lookout, they departed. Looking west, we could see they were trying to get around the mountain. Later while
we were eating, we saw them drive up to the lookout from the other side. It must have took them 45 minutes to get there. Took us 5 minutes to hike up.
When they left they didn't see us sitting on the other hill and drove down the unauthorized/old route. Cheaters!


End of Day 1 Part 1/2
 

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Looks like fun, even with the snowdrifts! The first video shows the advantages of having a small trailbike. Great pics and videos, interesting mining and lookout stuff! Thanks for taking us along.
 

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Admiral your posts always bring a smile and a chuckle. good stuff. Looks like you were first vehicle breaking trail on many a road. Impressive. Looks like Gem State still has functional fire lookouts ( Don't be a guberif ... firebug spelled backwards). Around here they seem all decommissioned these days. Years ago a kindly fire warden had me atop her tower for an hours visit which we both came away from the better. She got much appreciated human contact and I got to enjoy her gorgeous daily view from top of tower.
 

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Admiral your posts always bring a smile and a chuckle. good stuff. Looks like you were first vehicle breaking trail on many a road. Impressive. Looks like Gem State still has functional fire lookouts ( Don't be a guberif ... firebug spelled backwards). Around here they seem all decommissioned these days. Years ago a kindly fire warden had me atop her tower for an hours visit which we both came away from the better. She got much appreciated human contact and I got to enjoy her gorgeous daily view from top of tower.
Lots of lookouts here are still manned. One of the nicest lookouts I've met was last year at No Business Lookout near McCall, Id. Lots of other visitor's and the lookout took everyone on a tour. Another friendly fellow was at Carey Dome Lookout near Burgdorf/Warren, Id. Lookout even put me to work. LOL.
 

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Day 1 Part 2.

Off the mountain, we're now gonna finish the day by riding some old logging road trails.


Here on the main South Mtn./Indian Meadows road is the old ranch homestead building. The more modern ranch buildings are closer to the road. Love the old buildings I do.


See some Juniper tree's have been cut. I've been seeing a bunch of Juniper Tree's cut down all over. Juniper tree's are being cut down to help the rangeland and Sage Grouse habitat. Apparently, Juniper tree's can consume quit a bit of water per day depending on how tall the tree is. http://www.oawu.net/H2O/2008/Summer08/Water.Conservation.Hemenway.pdf


Surprised, wife and I find some of these BLM signs in the middle of the woods


I missed a turn/road somewhere? I will have to say though, the signs and the roads did not always seem to match. I thought I was on Mill Creek road attempting to find a different way to the lookout, but ended up on a different creek which dead ended. Or so it appeared. I should have been on Mill Creek according to the sign and what a map indicates. GPS said I was on Vulcan Creek, one creek over i.e. dead end. If the trails up top by the lookout weren't drifted in, we would have come down that way. As it turned out, we had a good time riding mostly dead end, but scenic trails.


End of Day 1
Day 2 Upcoming
 

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Looks like fun, even with the snowdrifts! The first video shows the advantages of having a small trailbike. Great pics and videos, interesting mining and lookout stuff! Thanks for taking us along.
The advantages of a small trailbike will have more benifits on day 2!:)


Seeing things like mines and lookouts is always a bonus to go along with the views of riding through the woods for sure.
 

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Great pics/ride report! Always enjoy them..
Love the video and the pics. Thanks for sharing, looks like a great time.
Glad you like 'em. This was our first camp trip/ride of the year. Last year by this time we'd gone several times. Great to finally get more than a day ride in, though I shant complain too much. Any ride is a good one...well almost. Riding in the rain ain't fun!:p
 

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DAY 2. Another good one for us!

Today our destination is Cabin Creek geocache on Corral Creek road. We'll turn around at this point, travel down a spur road, and head back to camp.



Corral Creek rd. Was on this 18 years ago. Looks familiar, forgot alot!


Here's one I forgot


Lots of rocky outcrops.


Further on down the road, we got a view of South Mtn and lookout...from the southern viewpoint! Later in the day I think we were riding the
ridge to the right. A view of South Mtn was blocked at the point we turned around there.


Thankfully, we only ran into one gate on the day. Getting on and off the TW can get tiring when opening and closing gates all the time.
Also could see evidence of past fires in the area with all the Juniper Tree skeleton's.


Georgie getting a little tired when riding the TW. Old age setting in. We made her ride on the ATV with Admiral Wife.


Road bordered the North Fork Owyhee River Wilderness area. Here is the no motorized fun behind this sign, sign!


Corral Creek is the first little canyon we came too. Georgie loved the water. Black dogs love cool water on hot days


Then we made it to the next little canyon of Cabin Creek. This is where we visited the last cache and turn around point for the day


This cache was about a mile south of the old Duncan Homestead. People who placed the cache were descentants of the Duncan's. Remains of the cabin
are suppose to be about a mile upstream. I looked, but probably didn't walk far enough. Did see some pretty sights along the way though


Next destination was the Noon Creek Cherrystem. I thought Cherrystem was a place, but apparently it's a term meaning deadend spur road
in a wilderness area. Huh, who'd a thought. Local Idaho High school made the road markers. Wilderness

There were no recent tracks...of any kind. We were alone:p


We arrive at


At first glance we thought it was a grave marker. Giggle



Lunch spot at the end of the Noon Creek Cherrystem. The original road continued on further overlooking the North Fork of the Owyhee River,
but the creek(s) were washed out here. Not sure if you were suppose to go beyond this point anyway as we latter saw a knocked down
wilderness marker back at the cowboy line camp. Still, great place for lunch


After lunch and a 1/4 mile back, we stop and take a look at the cowboy line camp. Probably still in use during hunting season, but not much


Old corral at the cowboy line camp




Electrical appliances? Nope


Kitchen counter


Wild horses got out of the corral. Giggle


Well, that's about it. Great weekend getaway. Did spot this basketball hoop near our camp. Odd place, but guess the youngin's get restless
when camping with us old folks. Mark on the tree said it was place here in 1995.



Take care ya'll!
 

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Is there a North Mountain?

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Hum, there are a few North "something" peaks and such, but no "North Mountain" that I'm aware of. Except North Idaho Mountain Brewery, in Wallace Idaho...in northern Idaho!:p I've been to Wallace, just not the brewery.

Would like to ride the trails in "South Hills", south of Twin Falls with Roninboise this year though!
 

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I was teasing about North Mtn because of all the South Mtn references. Truly wonderful pictures of what looks like a very nice camping trip. I spent a summer working out of Wallace for the dept of transportation's highway project there. It was still a wild west sort of place with drunk miners pouring out of the bars at 9 am singing and carrying on. Local lead,zinc,silver mines ran three shifts a day so somebody was always coming or going off shift.
 
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