Sun Valley, Idaho
During the day I would sit in camp looking across the valley and see this zig-zag line going up the mountain. For sure it had to be an old logging road. If I could find the road it would be easier going climbing the mountain. So I set out to do that one day.
Most of the slopes are of this 45 degree angle, not that easy for an old man. Also I would like to point out that the lighter green colored landscape isn't easy to walk through. It is made up of dense knee high sagebrush, stickery weeds and thick grasses.
I opted for the shallower slope leading into the forest where there is no thick ground cover plus being in the shade is a plus. I climbed into the forest, angled to the left, crossed the open ground surely thinking I would find the logging road. It was nowhere to be found. I didn't know if I was too high up or too low. I gave up and fought my way through the dense open growth back to camp disappointed and hungry.
I thought about it some and felt if I could find where the logging road comes out onto the asphalt road that would be smarter. I rode my bike up the road and found what I thought the only likely place it could be. The next day I set off on foot up the paved road. The 'likely place' fizzled out right away.
As I climbed into the woods all I had to choose from were animal trails.
I worked my to the right back out in the open and there was no logging road, again not know if I was too high up or too low. Disappointed yet again I sat in the shade at the base of a big tree, ate my protein bar, drank some water and enjoyed the view. I wasn't looking forward to beating the brush back down but at least gravity would help me along. As I descended I kept looking back at the big tree to get an idea where I took my break.
That's us right in the middle of the photo.
Here you can see an x. That is the tree where I sat down for my break. I had been sitting right on the so-called "logging road"! Now I felt better knowing that there never was a logging road; that the zig-zag line was nothing more than the natural slope and ledges of the mountainside.
But you wouldn't know that by looking at it from this angle on the valley floor.