Noonday Ridge and Bohemia Saddle

This gravel forest road is a steady climb from 3000 ft to 4500 ft. Watch for Sooty and Ruffed Grouse in the shaded stretches, and Mountain Quail in logged areas, along with Pileated Woodpecker, Varied and Hermit Thrushes, and Hermit, Townsend’s, Wilson’s and MacGillivray’s Warblers. The wildflower meadows in Bohemia Saddle are alive with hummingbirds in June. Most will be Rufous but with luck you might spot a Calliope or Black-chinned Hummingbird. Keep an eye open for Northern Goshawk, along with other raptors that soar along the ridge. This road can be impassable due to snow, Nov-May or sometimes into June. Watch out for off-road vehicles at crossings with old mining trails, which are used as motorized trails. Vault toilets are located at several National Forest campgrounds along Forest Rd 22; higher up only primitive facilities are available.

From intersection of Row River Rd and Sharps Creek Rd (3 mi NW of Site B5, or 4 mi SE of the upper end of Site B8), turn E on Row River Rd. Go 3.6 mi and bear R on Brice Creek Rd (Forest Road 22). Go 12 mi SE. Turn R on Forest Road 2212 (gravel), which climbs steeply along Noonday Ridge (GPS 43 37.1 N, 122 36.7 W) and eventually reaches Bohemia Saddle after 10 mi.