Mountains, Deserts, Trails, Ghost Towns and Fire Lookouts
boasts Oregon's highest lake. A few maps name it Teardrop Pool.
It rests unheralded in the thin air, 10,200 ft high on the summit
plateau of South Sister Mountain. It's usually frozen and invisible,
which is why many climbers of the mountain do not realize its
existence. The summit plateau, outwardly calm, sits on top of
an ice-filled volcanic crater, in one of Oregon's most active
volcanic zones. South Sister ranks as Oregon's third-highest mountain
peak (10,358'), just slightly less lofty than Mt. Jefferson. Below
is a sunset picture from the summit of South Sister, looking west
toward the Willamette Valley and Eugene. (Bend and Redmond and
Prineville and Terrebonne and Madras)
Note tent and
small black dog to the right of it! We are camping on the edge
of a very recent volcanic crater; the permanent ice choking its
mouth has been measured at about 200 feet thick. The photographer
and his husky Kaila spent a spectacular night in the summit crater
of South Sister....... the memory is of a feeling of Polar Emptiness
embraced by nearby stars........ In the morning, the sea of clouds
below looked like something you could dance on.
Sister 10,085 feet
on the east side of the North Sister. It's a trail-less area where
you won't be bothered by crowds. Picture compliments KJs Upholstery, Bend. Author's favorite
downtown Bend eating spot? The riverside delights of Bend's Pine
Tavern, a local restaurant and icon since 1936, overlooking Mirror
Pond. Below is a picture of that Central Oregon icon, Black Butte,
elevation 6,436. At its foot runs the major highway from Salem
and Eugene, Hwy 20, and in the large meadow is the very upscale
Black Butte Ranch, a place that I used to work in the role of
head of the Cross Country ski program.
below to be transported to additional Central Oregon Mountains,
and also sections on the historic Pacific Crest Trail, historic
wilderness shelters and fire lookout towers (many pages!).
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a cold winter night settling in upon Central Oregon. Middle and
North Sisters on the left, Black Butte on the right, and the edge
of Mt. Jefferson on the extreme right.
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