including Crater Lake
mountains are comprised of a region extending south from Willamette
Pass to the Oregon -California border, and westward to the Pacific
Ocean. Peaks exceeding 8,000 Ft. are numerous, including north
to south, Diamond Peak, Tipsoo, Howlock Mtn, Mt. Bailey, Mt Thielson,
Mt Scott, Mt McLoughlin, Pelican Butte, and Aspen Butte...Going
westward along the Siskiyou Mountains there are several peaks
over 7,000 ft, such as Mt. Ashland, Dutchmans Peak and Greyback
Mountain.... A Booster Club in Grants Pass named themselves "The Cavemen"
and made this
region notorious as the haunt of a clan of antics-loving Neanderthals,
who greeted the likes of President John F. Kennedy when he visited
the area in the early 1960s. Image at page top is my scan of an
old postcard, showing the giant "caveman" statue that
has greeted visitors to Grants Pass for many decades.
1. Click here
to visit Southern Oregon's
Siskiyou Mountains, the Rogue River Valley, and Mt Ashland Ski Area.
Includes link to Oregon Caves National
Monument near Grants Pass and Cave Junction.
here to visit one of Oregon's original Wilderness Areas,
Lakes Wilderness Area, near the well-known resort areas of Lake
of the Woods and Harriman Lodge.
3. Click here to visit Mt. McLoughlin, the highest peak in
the Southern Oregon Cascades, nearly 10,000 ft high... (older maps will show the mountain named "Mt.
on your speakers and
get ready for some dramatic music to accompany the climb images!
4. Click here to visit Lake of the Woods Resort area, at the foot of Mt. McLoughlin and
5. Diamond Peak
and Willamette Pass area, see below
Peak, 8,744----Just south of Willamette Pass, and 80
miles north of Mt. McLoughlin, Diamond Peak soars; but, amazingly,
it is little known to most Oregonians. The peak is the heart of
the smallish, 36,637 acre Diamond Peak Wilderness Area, established
2/05/1957. Part of the Wilderness lies in the Willamette Nat'l
Forest, and part in the Deschutes Nat'l Forest.
The left image, taken from 7,144
ft. Fuji Mountain on Bunchgrass Ridge, shows Doug Newman, one
of the founding members of the University of Oregon's famed Eugene
Outdoor Program.(the program's
modern name is University of Oregon Outdoor Program (UOOP), aka
Outdoor Pursuits Progam (OPP), and in 1998 "Sports Afield"
magazine awarded its top honor to the OPP as best overall outdoor
program among the USA's colleges and universities; I had the honor
to be one of the original trip leaders during its formative years).
.. In the image above, one can spot Diamond Peak, Mt Thielson
and the rim of Crater Lake.... Willamette Pass and Willamette
Pass Ski Area lie between the hiker and
UOOP...EMU Outdoor Program
The right image (the small one)
shows a team of climbers from Eugene YMCA Wilderness Camp approaching
Diamond Peak's summit...
click on Image to see
a far more exciting version!
Author's disclaimer: Many who
have hiked the Diamond Peak region of the Oregon Cascades proclaim
it to be the Scourge of the Cascades, buzzing furiously with billions
of tiny black mosquitos and other stinging critters all summer
long due to its continous heavy forest cover and multitudes of
small lakes and ponds. Visit in October, or ski in when the little
guys are buried under ten feet of snow!
---In Southern Oregon, the region
on the eastern (dry) side of the Cascades is resplendent with
blazing aspens in October.
This ruined cabin was found
on a peaceful slumberous day many years ago, west of Upper Klamath
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