American west, butterflies, Eastern Cascades Slopes & Foothills Ecoregion, Fremont-Winema National Forest, Oregon, trees
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.
helen hulbert said:
I was just loving those photos of the scenery and flowers, until the lightning strike photos popped up…eeek! Quite a reminder of the power of nature. Looks like a beautiful area though.
Katie Eberhart said:
Oh yes, the scenery was gorgeous and no one else was camped there the three days we were there. I meant to also mention that the night sky was epic — so black and so many stars and as much of the Milky Way as I’ve ever seen at one time.
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