Since I made a whole trip and several posts about the Desert Superbloom, I really wanted to show off our beautiful North Central Idaho mountain wildflowers also. It took me several trips to get the shots in the gallery. The most prevalent wildflower in my are right now seems to be

the bright yellow “Mule’s Ear”. It’s amazing when you come around a corner and see entire mountainsides covered with these bright yellow flowers. If you watch the video that we took on my motorcycle, you will experience that awesomeness several times.

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A portion of the mountainside covered in Mule’s Ear wildflowers along Harpster Grade.

The first trip I took was with my son Aaron. We took the atv’s to some state land on a ridge near Clearwater Idaho. From the top of the ridge we could stand on the mountainside full of blue and yellow wildflowers and see the Clearwater River far below. The bright yellow and smaller vivid blueish purple wildflowers were difficult to capture in an image that does them justice.

The beautiful South Fork of the Clearwater River viewed from a ridgeline high above.

The beautiful South Fork of the Clearwater River viewed from a ridgeline high above.

The view from the other side of the ridge with some little red Indian Paintbrush wildflowers.

The view from the other side of the ridge with some little red Indian Paintbrush wildflowers.

The second trip was just down Harpster Grade to the pullout at mile 9. The mountainside there is absolutely covered in flowers. I took alot of the more close-up shots at this spot just as the sun was coming up over the mountain and backlighting them.

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Close-up of Mule’s Ear wildflowers

There were several deer and horses in a pasture above there also enjoying the sunrise.

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Horses and whitetail deer grazing together.

The last trip I took was with my wife Holly. We went on a ride on my Harley around my favorite loop. Holly doesn’t like the corners as much as I do though, so I have to take it easy with her on back. We attached the GoPro HERO4 BLACK to her helmet and rode down Harpster Grade where we saw some wild turkeys cross in front of us and the mountainside with wildflowers. At the bottom we turned right and rode alongside of the rushing Clearwater River. There were several groups of wildflowers along there also. We stopped and relaxed next to the river for a bit and then continued on turning at the junction we went back up to the Camas Prairie on Mount Idaho Grade. The views are spectacular at almost anywhere you want to pull off along this loop. The video ends with a ride up main street in our small Idaho town of Grangeville. I cut the video down as much as I could, but I wanted to share the beauty of each area and the exciting parts.

Here’s a map of this loop.

What a beautiful and wild area we are blessed to live in. You have to drive a long ways to find some large stores and services, but that’s just the way I like it.

To see my entire gallery from these trips click here.

Is this a motorcycle ride you would enjoy? Please comment below and tell me about your favorite ride.

 

 

 

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