We started from the rest area where SR 273 is still closed for construction and walked west into the forest. Ascended the ridge behind Slade Ranch to a meadow at 10,000 feet where one of our favorite trees - a very entish Doug fir - resides. Fangorn is showing his age but hanging in, and we paid our respects and got out as the wind was really howling through there. We descended to Hall Creek and followed it back to the road, then crossed to Boardshack Knoll. Aspens here are past their peak but still the best we've seen this season. Returned to the car past White Mountain Reservoir in a chill, biting wind. All in all, a wonderful day.