Monday morning QB outdoors: High country is ripe for exploring


The high country is magnificent.

We tackled the Kleinschmidt Grade out of Hells Canyon Reservoir over the weekend, driving up the grade and then the Council-Cuprum Road. An incredible drive with 5,000 to 6,000-foot elevation gains.

We took side roads to Horse Mountain Lookout, Kinney Point and Sheep Rock overlooking Hells Canyon.

Here'a photo from one of our campsites.

The Kleinschmidt Grade, Cuprum, Bear, Black Lake, and Sheep Rock areas in the Payette National Forest, west and northwest of Council, make great, remote weekend getaways. All the back roads are excellent for exploring on ATVs.

ATVers weren't able to get to Black Lake yet because of snow. Yup, there's still snow at higher elevations.

We'll feature driving the Kleinshmidt Grade in the Aug. 9 edition of Idaho Outdoors. A video will soon be posted.

Good exploring. The high country is ripe for wandering.

Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman