Cross Border Recreational Raid

by David Robertson May. 31, 2020 203 views

So I live in Washington, but work in Oregon. Most of the rural counties in both states in this area have gone to phase II because in our rural settings things never did get that bad. Restaurants have reopened with limited seating and masks, etc. My work isn't the only good reason I have for entering Oregon. The best local outdoor recreation is there too. One of the big highlights is the Wallowa Mountains.

The Wallowas thrust up in the northeast portion of Oregon near Idaho and Washington, and have the feel of a small rocky mountain environment. Formed from accreted terrains plastered to the ancient coastline of north america that are left over from the breakup of Pangea their geology is varied. They have ancient limestones with marine fossils and later granitic rocks that came from underneath and have been exposed through erosion. They are also capped by basalt flows which made it all the way to the Pacific hundreds of miles from there and are part of the second largest outpouring of basalt on earth. As a geologist, it is a great place to observe while hiking.

So yesterday off to the Wallowas we went for a hike assuming we were alright for a cross border raid. We departed early and got to the trailhead by 8:30 and hiked about 2300 ft (700 m) vertically in 2.5 miles. It was a pretty steep slog. We had intended to go to 3000 ft, but we were blocked by avalanche debris and snow on the trail. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful hike and the major storms in the forecast held off until we were done. So here are a few shots from the day.

A rare find an orchid, they take 8-10 years to bloom.  I had to move some veg to shoot them and was afraid I would hurt them.  There were only three

A rare find an orchid, they take 8-10 years to bloom. I had to move some veg to shoot them and was afraid I would hurt them. There were only three

Classic Wallowa scenery

Classic Wallowa scenery

Bentley Struggled all day, and remembered getting a drink at this spot on the way up, and unusually left us to run to it on the way down

Bentley Struggled all day, and remembered getting a drink at this spot on the way up, and unusually left us to run to it on the way down

Our nemesis, avalanche debris covered the trail.  We did some steep off trail to get around it, but finally gave up as the trail was becoming snow covered too.

Our nemesis, avalanche debris covered the trail. We did some steep off trail to get around it, but finally gave up as the trail was becoming snow covered too.

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