Remember my first trip up Sykes Ridge Road? Click SYKES RIDGE to read that post. Well this would be my second trip up this road. I was still nervous, but really wanted to do it. Our plan was to drive all the way up Sykes Ridge Road and then down Burnt Timber. I wanted to finally drive the entire Sykes Ridge Road. Last summer when I spent some time on the mountain with Jared Bybee, he said that I was really missing a lot by not seeing Sykes Ridge. I have to agree. I was really happy to take it all the way up the mountain. The land is so beautiful and photos and words just can not explain its beauty. It is something that needs to be seen in person. I do not know how anyone would drive it in a vehicle. I really think this road should only be accessed by an ATV. It is that bad.
We were on our way up Sykes Ridge by 6:45 am. It was another sunny beautiful day.
As we began to climb, I stopped and looked back. I could see Kitalpha, Bristol and another horse. I took a photo. As I was looking through my photos I realized the other photo was Liesel. Liesel is the yearling daughter of Bristol and Greta. She had been with Greta who is now with Garcia. I wonder how that happened.
A short distance up the road we saw three bachelor stallions. They were: Medicine Bow, Johan and Joseph. I had just seen Medicine Bow and Joseph 2 days ago in the Dryhead. They really get around!
As we walked back to the ATV I saw a little bit more wildlife!
We continue up the road several miles without seeing any horses. We were about 10 miles up when we saw some horses in the distance. I stopped and took a quick photo. I really like to do that for record. I can zoom in pretty good later and see who it was. Even if it is not a good photo, it is good for keeping record.
We got in the ATV and continued up the road. It is pretty much instinct trying to decide where they might be along the way. If you have ever gone up there, you know what I mean. I drove a little bit and stopped. I just wanted to look over a hill and see if we were there by this horse or if I could see him again. I looked over the hill and I saw this:
I was really surprised to see Jewel with Belle Star and Fools Crow. My first thought was that Belle Star had a foal. Then I saw her nurse from Jewel. I had never seen Jewel in person. The last I had heard was Jewel and her foal were with the stallion Hidalgo.
We spent a while with this little band and then decided to move on.
We could see some horses way off in the distance. So we were hoping we would get closer to them by driving down the road.
We had not gone far when I saw Horizon, Juniper and Fiesta. They were grazing next to a wood area, right along the road.
We continued up Sykes Ridge Road. We were entering an area where there were a lot of thick trees. No more looking for horses at a distance now. The trees were thick on both sides. We came around a little bend in the road and this is what I saw:
We were very surprised to see horses in this thick wooded area. The last time I had seen Cloud and his band was in April and they were way over on Burnt Timber, down by the first guzzler. Cloud seemed fine with us there. We got off and took a number of photos.
We continued up the mountain, came around a bend and saw this. I immediately decided to call it “Castle Rock”. It sure looks like one.
Just a little way past Castle Rock and to the left, I saw a lone horse. I thought it looked like Prince and sent it to Matt for a positive ID. It was Prince. I was glad that he seemed OK. Prince just lost his entire band to the young stallion Galaxy. Prince will be 19 this year.
We reached the top of Sykes Ridge Road! I had finally driven the whole road! It felt good. There were horses in the meadow below Penn’s Cabin. I will tell you about them in my next post!