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It’s always fun trying a new hike especially on a sunny spring day.
The trail head is at a summit 3,200 feet above sea level and about 10 miles south of Maupin. The Deschutes River snakes through the desert far below.
In the latter part of the 19th century, the route over the summit was a wagon road linking The Dalles on the Columbia River to California.
The flat top of the ridge is the tallest land for many miles in any direction. It is sagebrush country, with a few scattered juniper trees.
As I started hiking north the crown jewels of the Cascade Mountains were easily visible, beginning with Broken Top, the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Olallie Butte, Mt. Hood and going all the way to Mt. Adams. What a display!
After four miles of following an old jeep track, I dropped off the crest to some open meadows culminating in a short climb to Stag Point. The views extended all the way down to a sharp bend in the Deschutes River. Is there any place else in Oregon that provides as scenic spot for lunch?
Wonderful photos! The blue racer takes me back on this Mom’s Day to the boas my sons would catch. They were yellowish as I recall. Sandy
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Jon what wonderful pictures.
Thanks for the kind words. It helps to have a great place to hike and photograph.