Had a fun quad ride a few days ago, Little Red's oldest brother Fred was in town with his son Ted, so Jan's other bother Vince took us out for an adventure on the quads. We headed up Rock Creek road, which follows the North fork of Rock Creek and ends in a high meadow at 7,800 feet. Several creek crossings of varying difficulty with one that was a particularly challenging and also one hill climb at about 7,000 feet where my old carbureted quad was gasping for air. After reaching the end of the road, we then climbed, sometimes on hands and knees and holding onto trees or roots to make it to the top of the ridge, overlooking the next valley and Summit Lake. Altimeter at that point showed 8,100 feet. Fantastic views, perfect blue skies, pine and spruce trees, just a great day. Jax and I just heading out; Along the way, Vince took us to a mine abandoned long ago, this mine was probably active around 1900; Vince is explaining how the ore was brought to the top of this structure and dumped into the stamping mill, then the crushed and separated ore was sent into Baker City via horse drawn wagons to be refined; Fred and I investigating the rubble, the stack of iron rings is from an old water tower that collapsed; Further down the hill we found what we believe was a small kiln used to refine ore samples onsite; And next to that the remnants of a log cabin. Probably an office building; We saw the remnants of several log cabins throughout the day as we traveled thru this remote area. We even saw signs of active mines; We also saw several no trespassing signs and make no mistake you need to respect those wishes! We got back on the trail and here you can just see Little Red after she's gone under a tree blown down over the road; Here is the mountain just to her right in the picture above, we are near the end of the road at this point; A remote hunters cabin near the top, Vince said it has been there for many decades, but showed signs of recent work, even solar panels; The snow ahead is literally the end of the road; Parking for lunch before we hiked to the top; Our goal was this ridge, which overlooks the next valley and the North Powder River drainage; And up we go; The footing was loose and in some points we were on our hands and knees and holding onto roots or small trees, but we made it. And oh what a view; The vertical drop here is at least a thousand feet. I was the only one that seemed worried about the heights! Looking back down the trail we just came up; A few more pics, here Ted looks into the North Powder River drainage; On our 2006 trip (me, Vince, Little Red and Teeny) came up from the Haines area over Marble Creek summit, down to Sumpter, to Bourne and then Cracker Creek, we passed thru the North side of this valley going from left to right (headed East) and emerging back into Baker Valley. Cracker Creek was an old wagon road from the mining days and pretty rough. This was the valley we came up; After about 15 minutes of taking in the views, we headed down and began the trek home; A great day of sight seeing and family time. There were times it was so incredible I gave thanks to God for the beauty of it all.