Part II: Lead King Basin Loop

To see the beginning of our trip, start here.  To start at Part I of our off-roading experience, start here.

Lead King Basin Loop is an 8 mile Loop situated in the White River National Forest.  Top elevation is 10,000 feet. This was my 3rd off-roading experience.  The first one had me white-knuckled thinking that the trucks would be damaged from the rough road.  Mind you, my husband has a 9″ lift and a heavy duty suspension, but my sons truck is 3500 stock.  The 2nd one wasn’t so bad, I just thought that we weren’t going to be able to find our way back to the main road because we were on no road (although my husband is a professional truck driver and he could find his way out of anything).  This time, I buckled myself in and prayed that we’d be able to see our sons again.

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We went left, but eventually ended up in the historic/ghost town of Crystal. Crystal is four miles into the loop, which is the half way point. The sign says: Narrow rough road. 4×4 recommended. When you see Part III of this trip, you’ll see a whole other sign at our 1/2 way point.

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There is actually property for sale on this unmaintained road.

There is actually property for sale on this unmaintained road.

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We got out here to stretch our legs. I was contemplating a hike up a trail on the left, but there's no way that my husbands knee could have handled it. The sign at the trailhead warned of a bear presence.

We got out here to stretch our legs. I was contemplating a hike up a trail on the left, but there’s no way that my husbands knee could have handled it. The sign at the trailhead warned of a bear presence.

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So far, besides the switch-backs, the road wasn’t that bad.

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My husband pulled of to take a snooze, and I walked around and to take pictures.

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He woke up when we heard 4-wheelers coming up the road.  Up until this point, we were hoping that we were on the right trail.  I flagged the guys down to ask them how far we were from Crystal.  In the next image, you can see where I was standing, and where my husband was.  The guys were probably in their late 20’s, early 30’s, and asked if I wanted to come with them.  How sweet!  LOL  I said to them, “Sorry, I’m with that guy.”

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Some of the scenic pictures look almost like they're part of a model railroad set-up.

Some of the scenic pictures look almost like they’re part of a model railroad set-up.

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The best time to have done this trip would have been a week or two before.  Many of the leaves had already fallen off.  Unfortunately, this was the only time that we could go.

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My husband played around by putting one of his front tires up on a rock.

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We pulled over to stretch and check out the waterfall.

We pulled over to stretch and check out the waterfall.

Shhhh don't tell my husband.....I have an ND filter, but forgot it at home! Would have loved to photograph the falls with it!

Shhhh don’t tell my husband…..I have an ND filter, but forgot it at home! Would have loved to photograph the falls with it!

Around the campfire that was left behind, we found this rock cracked in half. Kind of cool to see what the inside looked like.

Around the campfire that was left behind, we found this rock cracked in half. Kind of cool to see what the inside looked like.

Part III of this day will be on the 16th.  Some amazing scenes on Part III in the next post!

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