Antelope Valley to Antelope Pass

From Antelope Valley road, we turned right on Forest Service road FS-135, heading for Copper Basin.

At the Antelope GS (Guard Station), FS-135 heads north up Bear Creek and Cherry Creek, then reaches windswept Antelope Pass.  The stretch of this road that climbs to Antelope Pass is narrow, winding, rutted, and can be very slick after rain.  A 4WD is recommended.  (Idaho: A Climbing Guide: Climbs, Scrambles, and Hikes (Climbing Guides) by Tom Lopez)

Heading toward Cherry Creek Summit:

Antelope Valley to Antelope Pass – Heading toward Cherry Creek Summit, July 25, 2010, Idaho

Antelope Valley to Antelope Pass

Crossing Bear Creek Summit:Antelope Valley to Antelope Pass – July 25, 2010, Idaho, Crossing Bear Creek Summit

There were several aspen groves along the way:

Antelope Valley to Antelope Pass – -July 25, 2010, Idaho, There were several aspen groves along the way

Antelope Valley to Antelope Pass

Antelope Pass looking back at the road we had just driven up:

Antelope Valley to Antelope Pass – July 25, 2010, Idaho, Antelope Pass looking back at the road we had just driven up

Antelope Pass, looking ahead into Copper Basin.

Antelope Valley to Antelope Pass – July 25, 2010, Idaho, Antelope Pass, looking ahead into Copper Basin.

Roughly triangular in shape, the central core of Copper Basin is an approximately 20,000-acre expanse of rolling sagebrush steppe, drained by the East Fork of the Big Lost River, Star Hope Creek, and numerous other named and unnamed waterways. Prairie potholes and erratic boulders near the valley’s heart are a reminder of the earth-shaping glaciers that once covered all of this land.  (Copper Basin by Jason Kauffman, Sun Valley Guide, Summer 2007)

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any more photos of Copper Basin.  We were driving through, on our way to Wildhorse Creek and, looking back, I wish we had done the Copper Basin Loop Road and gotten more pictures of this area.

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