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A week ago, we camped at the Antler Campground — 6400 feet elevation — in the Fremont-Winema National Forest in southeast Oregon. We stopped at the Forest Service office in Silver Lake (on Oregon Highway 31) and inquired about campgrounds. A map is necessary to find Antler Campground as it is about twenty miles from the highway with a number of turns, some with signs, some without. The campground is set up for horses, with stout corrals, a well with hand pump, and a trail that accesses the Yamsay Mountain non-motorized recreation area. We did not have horses though, so we walked the Scenic Rock Loop with a side-trip and steep climb to 7000 feet where we had a picnic and then hiked back to our camp.

Coming from a lower elevation where summer is well-advanced, a mountain meadow with wildflowers and butterflies is spring-time again. Photos below.



Scenic Rock Loop Trail. Lichens on Scenic Rock.

Douglas Fir along trail toward Yamsay Mountain.

View at 7,000 foot elevation.

Lightning struck tree.

Meadow and split snag (lower end of Scenic Rock Loop Trail).



Fritillary butterfly.

Hoary comma (Polygonia gracillis)