Governor Basin is rated difficult, but really the quality of the road isn't any worse than the rough places on Imogene Pass. I think what gives it a difficult rating is that the road is narrow which can scare people on the tippy spots.
That toothy looking ridge is the St. Sophia Ridge. When I was in this basin when I was 14 our Jeep tour guide called it "Sophie's Teeth." That's Mount Emma on the right and Mendota Peak is on the left somewhere over there, though I didn't get a good picture of it.
We left the Jeep to hike up to where the trail ends.
There were wildflowers everywhere, but I only saw one Columbine. I guess they are slower in blooming this year. Still, the Indian Paintbrush were pretty!
Savanna, Bailey, Maralee and Jay under the St. Sophia Ridge.
I think that's the Humbolt Mine.
Another shot of the St. Sophia Ridge, which is fascinating to me because Telluride is right on the other side!
The Virginius Mine.
Check out the Mountain Top Mine boarding house! The elevation here is over 12,000 feet. I can't imagine living and working here.
Probably the best view of all is looking way down at Yankee Boy Basin. Twin Falls looks tiny from here and that's Potosi Peak in the center. I wanted to drive into Yankee Boy, but there was a long line of Jeeps that day. I guess people that were visiting over the 4th of July stuck around for a great Jeeping day!