Lone Frank Pass Professional Review and Guide
"A strong sense of remoteness and a range of impressive scenery make this trip especially appealing. You will pass through pastoral meadows, forests of pine, aspen and fir, and vast, eerie expanses of burned forest. The area is noted for its wildflower displays in June and July. From elevations that approach 7,000 feet, you’ll also have terrific views that stretch from the North Cascades eastward to the Columbia Basin. Easy, on gravel and native-surface roads. There are rocky segments that require high ground clearance.
From pretty Salmon Meadows, road 3820, a typical native-surface forest road, begins a long, steady climb amid rolling hills wooded with pines and stands of aspen that promise early-autumn color. Glance to the east, and you’ll see the vast, pale and considerably drier steppes that lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Range, which etches the skyline to the west."