13. Fremont Point
Habitat: The view from this Fremont-Winema National Forests day use site at the top of 7,135-foot Winter Rim is spectacular overlooking Summer Lake Basin 2,000 feet below. The area habitats include Ponderosa Pine, aspen stands, wet meadows, sagebrush uplands, dense Lodgepole Pine, and cliff. Hike south on the Fremont National Recreation Trail or just enjoy the day use area.
Birds: Look for Red-breasted Nuthatch; Whiteheaded, Lewis', Black Backed, and Hairy Woodpeckers in recently burned (2002 Toolbox Fire) forested areas. Also, look for Townsend's Solitare; Rufous Humingbird; Red Crossbill; Chipping Sparrow; Rosy Finch; and Dusky Flycatcher. Great opportunities for hawk watching in late September.
Directions: Travel N on Highway 31 for approximately 7 miles from the community of Summer Lake and turn left on FR 2901. Travel 18 miles (staying on FR 2901) to the junction of FR 034. Turn left and head E for 2.25 miles on FR 034. Access to this site by passenger vehicles is not advised between October 15 and May 31 due to high-elevation snow.
Nearby Attraction: See the Outback National Scenic Byway brochure (available at agency offices and businesses in Paisley, Summer Lake, and Silver Lake) for the story of the Captain John C. Fremont expedition through Winter Rim and Summer Lake while exploring the Great Basin. Also of interest, the historic Fremont Point Lookout was destroyed in the 2002 Toolbox Fire, which burned much of Winter Rim. See www.fs.fed.us/r6/frewin for more information about rental opportunities of Forest Service Lookouts and Cabin Rentals.