The Old One............

by Thomas Thompson August. 05, 2010 3130 views

McKenzie Pass follows the path of an 1860 wagon route. The route emerges from the forest and crosses a 65-square-mile (170 km2) lava flow. At the summit, the wagon road had to be cut through the lava beds. As a result, alternate routes over the Cascades were used by most early travelers. Today??s highway follows the wagon route over the lava beds past the observatory site

Dee Wright Observatory is located in the Willamette National Forest 15 miles (24 km) west of Sisters, Oregon on Route 242. The highway is part of the McKenzie-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway. McKenzie Pass is 5,325 feet (1,623 m) above sea level, and winter snow and the narrow road surface, requires McKenzie Pass to be closed from November to July each year

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The observatory was built during the Great Depression by a Civilian Conservation Corps crew at Camp Belknap near Clear Lake. It was completed in 1935, and named for the construction crew’s foreman who had died the previous year after serving 24 years as a Forest Service packer and crew foreman at Camp Belknap

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The observatory is an open shelter built with lava stone found at the construction site. The viewing windows are cut to specifically highlight the neighboring mountains. These “lava tube” viewing holes allow visitors to easily identify the different Cascade peaks. There is also a 36 inch (90 cm) diameter, bronze azimuth-like “peak finder” on the observatory’s roof to help visitors locate nearby geologic features as well as the surrounding mountain peaks. From the top of the observatory, visitors have a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountain Range including Mount Hood in the far north

.Many peaks can easily be seen from Dee Wright Observatory: Mount Jefferson, Cache Mountain, Dugout Butte, Black Butte, Bluegrass Butte, Black Crater, North Sister, Middle Sister, Little Brother (and ridge west), Condon Butte, Scott Mountain, South Belknap Cone, Belknap Crater, Little Belknap, and Mount Washington. Mount Hood, Bald Peter, Green Ridge, and Horsepasture Mountain can also be seen from the observatory during good weather.

Mt Jefferson…….

Mt Hood……

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Dorothe 10 years, 8 months ago

Great shots of a fantastic place!

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Farideh_Homam 10 years, 8 months ago

Great and beautiful shot.I like all of them.

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Huiching 10 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful landscape. Love these blue skies so much.

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Christa 10 years, 8 months ago

Fantastic set, my favs are 6 and 7. Don't say that you took the first picture while driving???

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Sachiko 10 years, 8 months ago

Great set! 

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Sherij 10 years, 8 months ago

Impressive place for sure!! But I love the critters on your dash!! Too cute!!

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Nancy 10 years, 8 months ago

Still amazed where trees can grow!!! Fantastic and enjoy the interesting places you visit:-))

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Pegah & Gelareh 10 years, 8 months ago

Great post!

10 years, 8 months ago Edited
Camille 10 years, 8 months ago

beautiful reportage - and funny photo 1 !!

10 years, 8 months ago Edited
Birthe Vikoren 10 years, 8 months ago

Impressive view and well photographed!

10 years, 8 months ago Edited
Walter 10 years, 8 months ago

Another great tour! :-)

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Jumiella 10 years, 8 months ago

All shots are very interesting. Love #9! And #1 is fabulous.

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Ines 10 years, 8 months ago

great post Tom!!! thanks for sharing :)

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Smilingrainbow 10 years, 8 months ago

i can hardly imagine that there is such an interesting site in such a deserted place..
closed from Nov. to July...wow~~~

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Oscar 10 years, 8 months ago

Informative and beautiful post Tom...thank you so much for sharing! :)

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Jennye 10 years, 8 months ago

such a beautiful place! ...thanks for the info!

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Jet28 10 years, 8 months ago

Wow! Awesome landscapes and fascinating info!

10 years, 8 months ago Edited
Paul 10 years, 8 months ago

Fantastic place, images and information ....brilliant!!!!

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Davorka ČEoviä‡ 10 years, 8 months ago

beautiful and great post!

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Malgosia 10 years, 8 months ago

I'll go there someday. Thanks

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Liz M 10 years, 8 months ago

great info..I like one because I am a big kid!!

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Ray King 10 years, 8 months ago

Very interesting and beautiful post!

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Marsha 10 years, 8 months ago

Very interesting area....thanks for sharing the photos and the history!

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Finbarr 10 years, 8 months ago

Great shots !! interesting post ,

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Tonya 10 years, 8 months ago

Great set! The photos are great!

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Beth 10 years, 8 months ago

great set and wonderful description of the history. I haven't been to the observatory since my boys were young. You and I know what an amazing place this is...... from big, beautiful trees to lava rock with stunted trees. It's a unique spot in Oregon

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Sara G 10 years, 8 months ago

Cool post! Interesting and informative, love the view of Mt. Hood in #11

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Art Bee 10 years, 8 months ago

Great reportage along with absolutely fantastic photos! Those last two framed pictures are incredible Tom! Bravo!

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