|Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest – Angel Lake|
Sheer rock ledges that surround this cirque subalpine lake. The lake water is from mountain snowmelt. Mountain goats and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep balance on rock ledges, with bighorns occasionally visible from the road or in the campground. Look for crow-sized Clark's nutcrackers, yellow warb...
Biroth Ridge Hike
|Description: 5-mile hike. Exceptionally remote and scenic, this hike follows the spine of 8,000-foot Biroth Ridge. The first half of the trail winds through conifer forests where blue grouse, finches, warblers, and woodpeckers can be seen. Look for Rocky Mountain elk on the slopes above Slide Creek. Mule deer and elk often bed down in the firs during the day. From the ridge, view the East Fork of the Jarbidge River, and lofty mountain peaks. Use binoculars to spot northern goshawks, prairie falcons, American kestrels, and golden eagles in flight. Red-tailed hawks and golden eagles often roost and hunt from tall snags. The second half of the trail descends through grasslands, mountain mahogany, and sagebrush used by sage grouse, coyotes, deer, and elk. Watch open areas for herds of pronghorn on the drive to Pole Creek|
Wildlife to Watch: Good viewing of elk, deer, and pronghorn from spring through fall. Plentiful songbirds and wildflowers spring and summer. Sage grouse are best seen in summer and fall. Some viewing from parking area overlook with binoculars.
Special Tips: No facilities. This is a very remote site. A full service community is over 4 hours away. Although Rogerson, ID is only 57 miles away it will take at least two hours to get there. Take adequate fuel, food, and water. Very steep hiking. Dispersed camping is allowed, but motor vehicles must stay on designated routes.
Ownership: USDA Forest Service
Closest Town: Jarbridge, NV or Rogerson, ID
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