9780898866025

Oregon Desert Guide : 70 Hikes

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    9780898866025

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    0898866022

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-06-01
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books
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Summary

It is some of the wildest and most remote land left in Oregon and the object of a 40-year love affair for conservationist Andy Kerr. In 70 hikes through snow- capped mountain ranges, deep river canyons, sagebrush- covered flats, dry lake playas, moonlike lava fields, and juniper-covered hillsides, he will seduce you, too, with the spare and mysterious beauty of the desert. Kerr explains how you can help protect these lands forever.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 12(2)
Preface 14(2)
Introduction 16(2)
THE BASICS
How to Use This Guide
18(4)
The Right Maps
22(2)
Getting Around and Back Well
24(18)
NATURAL HISTORY
Geology
42(1)
Climate
43(1)
Vegetation
44(5)
Fish and Wildlife
49(13)
Wilderness, Natural, and Recreational Values
62(2)
UNNATURAL HISTORY
Domestic Livestock: Scourge of the West
64(3)
The Top Twenty Threats to Ecological Integrity
67(6)
POLITICAL FUTURE
Inviting Nature Back: The Big Vision Requires Big Wilderness
73(4)
A Solution: The Oregon Desert Conservation Act
77(5)
A New Mission and Name for the Bureau of Land Management
82(1)
Why Special Designations Are Necessary
83(2)
A New and Better Economic Future
85(3)
Ending Public Land Grazing Fair and Square
88(6)
BASIN AND RANGE ECOREGION
Abert Rim Wilderness (Proposed)
94(1)
Colvin Timbers
95(1)
Poison Creek
96(1)
Alvord Wilderness (Proposed)
96(1)
Alvord Desert
97(1)
Coyote Lake
98(3)
Bighorn Wilderness (Proposed)
99(2)
Warner Peak and DeGarmo Canyon (Warner Peak Unit)
101(1)
Orejana Canyon (Orejana Canyon Unit)
101(1)
Poker Jim Ridge (Poker Jim Ridge Unit)
102(3)
Buzzard Creek Wilderness (Proposed)
102(3)
Iron Mountain Summit (Iron Mountain Unit)
105(2)
Diablo Mountain Wilderness (Proposed)
105(2)
Diablo Peak (Summer Lake Unit)
107(1)
Sand Dunes Traverse (Summer Lake Unit)
107(4)
Diamond Craters National Monument (Proposed)
108(2)
Fish Creek Rim Wilderness (Proposed)
110(1)
Fish Creek Rim
111(4)
Fort Rock Lava Beds National Monument (Proposed)
111(2)
Fort Rock Lava Beds Wilderness (Proposed)
113(2)
Crack in the Ground (Four Craters Lava Field Unit)
115(1)
Little Garden (Devils Garden Unit)
115(4)
Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Additions (Proposed)
116(3)
Buck Pasture (Warner Peak Unit, Bighorn Wilderness)
119(1)
Campbell Lake (Poker Jim Ridge Unit, Bighorn Wilderness)
120(5)
Lake Abert National Wildlife Refuge (Proposed)
121(2)
Lonesome Lakes Wilderness (Proposed)
123(2)
Benjamin Lake and Benjamin Cave
125(1)
Elk Butte
125(3)
Lost Forest-Shifting Sand Dunes National Monument (Proposed)
126(2)
Fossil Lake
128(7)
Malheur Lake Wilderness (Proposed)
128(1)
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Additions (Proposed)
129(3)
Oregon Grasslands Wilderness (Proposed)
132(3)
Beatys Butte Summit (Beatys Butte Unit)
135(1)
Lone Mountain (Hawk Mountain-Catlow Rim Unit)
135(1)
The Potholes (Beatys Butte Unit)
136(2)
Pronghorn Wilderness (Proposed)
137(1)
Guano Creek
138(3)
Pueblo Mountains Wilderness (Proposed)
139(2)
Pueblo Peak
141(2)
Sheepshead Mountains Wilderness (Proposed)
141(2)
Mickey Basin and Mickey Butte
143(2)
Shifting Sand Dunes Wilderness (Proposed)
143(2)
Nothing But Sand
145(4)
Steens Mountain National Conservation Area (Proposed)
145(4)
Whorehouse Meadows
149(2)
Steens Mountain Wilderness (Proposed)
150(1)
Alvord Peak Summit (Alvord Peak Unit)
151(1)
Bridge Creek (High Steens Unit)
152(1)
Home Creek Butte (High Steens Unit)
152(1)
Little Blitzen River (Little Blitzen Unit)
153(1)
Pike Creek (High Steens Unit)
154(2)
Trout Creek Mountains Wilderness (Proposed)
154(2)
Little Whitehorse Creek (Oregon Canyon Mountains Unit)
156(1)
Mud Spring Base Camp (Oregon Canyon Mountains Unit)
157(1)
Oregon Canyon (Oregon Canyon Mountains Unit)
158(1)
Little Trout Creek (Trout Creek Unit)
159(5)
BLUE MOUNTAINS ECOREGION
Homestead Addition (Proposed) to the Hells Canyon Wilderness
161(3)
McLain Gulch
164(3)
Sheep Mountain Wilderness (Proposed)
165(2)
Black Canyon Headwaters
167(3)
South Fork John Day Wilderness (Proposed)
168(2)
Smokey Creek (Murderers Creek Unit)
170(8)
COLUMBIA BASIN ECOREGION
Boardman Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge (Proposed)
172(4)
KLAMATH MOUNTAINS ECOREGION
Soda Mountain Wilderness (Proposed)
176(2)
Pacific Crest Trail: Soda Mountain-Pilot Rock (Pilot Rock Unit)
178(1)
Boccard Point (Pilot Rock Unit)
178(1)
Dutch Oven and Camp Creeks (Pilot Rock Unit)
179(5)
LAVA PLAINS ECOREGION
Badlands Wilderness (Proposed)
181(3)
Badlands Rock
184(1)
Dry River Canyon
185(4)
Crooked River Wilderness (Proposed)
186(3)
Chimney Rock (Chimney Rock Unit)
189(1)
Crooked River Overlook (Rocky Canyon Unit)
190(1)
Gerry Mountain Summit (Gerry Mountain Unit)
190(1)
Pickett Canyon (South Fork Unit)
191(1)
River Mile 14 Island (North Fork Unit)
191(2)
Deschutes Canyon Wilderness (Proposed)
192(1)
Steelhead Falls (Steelhead Falls Unit)
193(5)
John Day River Wilderness (Proposed)
194(4)
Clarno to Cottonwood (Lower Canyon Unit)
198(1)
Eagle Canyon (Spring Basin Unit)
198(1)
Sutton Mountain Summit (Sutton Mountain Unit)
199(5)
OWYHEE UPLANDS ECOREGION
Jordan Craters National Monument (Proposed)
202(2)
West Peninsula (Jordan Craters Unit, Owyhee Wilderness)
204(10)
Lower Owyhee National Conservation Area (Proposed)
204(5)
Malheur Canyons Wilderness (Proposed)
209(5)
Beaver Dam Creek (Beaver Dam Creek Unit)
214(1)
Bluebucket Creek (Upper River Unit)
214(1)
Castle Rock Circumnavigation (Castle Rock Unit)
215(1)
Coleman Creek Canyon (Coleman Creek Unit)
215(2)
Cottonwood Creek (Cottonwood Unit)
217(1)
Ironside Mountain Summit (Ironside Mountain Unit)
218(1)
Star Mountain Summit (Star Mountain Unit)
218(1)
Upton Mountain (Middle River Unit)
219(1)
Westfall Butte (Westfall Highlands Unit)
219(9)
Owyhee Wilderness (Proposed)
220(8)
Anderson Crossing (Upper West Little Owyhee and Owyhee Canyonlands Units)
228(1)
Batch Lake (Jordan Craters Unit)
229(1)
Bowden Hills Summit (Bowden Hills Unit)
230(1)
Chalk Basin (Owyhee Breaks Unit)
231(1)
Honeycombs (Honeycombs Unit)
232(1)
Lambert Rocks (Owyhee Breaks Unit)
232(1)
Saddle Butte Lava Tubes (Saddle Butte Unit)
233(1)
Slocum Creek-Schoolhouse Gulch (Mahogany Mountain Unit)
234(1)
Three Forks (Middle Owyhee River Unit)
234(2)
REFERENCES 236(2)
RECOMMENDED READING 238(17)
APPENDICES
Appendix A: Government Agency Contacts
246(2)
Appendix B: What You Can Do to Help
248(1)
Appendix C: Conservation Organizations
249(3)
Appendix D: The Desert Trail
252(2)
Appendix E: Home on the Range
254(1)
Index 255

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