Our trek crosses the mountains over several more passes of about 6,000 feet and moves between stands of Fir and Pine, and sub alpine meadows in the higher elevations. We had planned to turn off and climb higher into the Elkhorn Mountains and explore several high mountain lakes, but found the roads closed due to snow even in late June. Hello climate change! So we stayed on the roads below snow level and skirted the John Day Wilderness Area home to Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Cougar, Bobcat and Wolverines. However other than countless deer, the only other wildlife we came across was a Triumph Tiger.