May 2, 2013
Stud Horse Peaks
The name of the peaks may have originated because of wild horse herds that once lived in the area. Legend has it that a stallion would stand on the peaks and keep guard over his mares. Frankly, this seems unlikely since the "peaks", which are actually more like mesas, are a couple of hundred feet above the valley floor, a long way for the stallion to travel away from the herd, and a long rumble downhill over rocky terrain if he actually saw danger and needed to race to the rescue.
Apparently, an "adit" mine (horizontal mine shaft) is up on these mountains somewhere, according to the USGS maps. This explains why someone went to the trouble of carving out a road.
The washout depicted here is only the beginning. In places, huge boulders had fallen across the road bed.