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Grid Square CN93

14 locations - Glass Butte - Knapper Camp Gridline - Alkali Lake Grid Line - Old MRA Campsite - Green Mtn Campground - Green Mtn Rock Pit - Hole in the Ground - Walker Mtn Lookout - Hampton Butte - China Hat - Gilchrist Butte - Pine Mtn - Paulina Peak - Lava Butte

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Glass Butte, CN93xn13

Latitude, Longitude
43.556004, -120.072696
Map Location Near city of Riley, Lake County, OR, Altitude 6200
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Last update: 2022-02-02
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

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The road to the top was graveled in 2021. K7ATN wrote a SOTA report that it's a drive-up summit; he recommends 4wd.

It's a good rockhounding area. Even if the summit is no good on the air, it's an interesting area to explore. The road up is not for the claustrophobic; there are many steep dropoffs.

- Matt KC7OOY

See my Glass Butte Trip Report for more photos and details. - Barry K7BWH

Driving directions:
From Bend, take Hwy 20 approximately 77 miles East.
Before you reach milepost 77, look for a dirt road on your right side: 43.5866, -120.0210.
Do not turn onto "Glass Butte B-line Road" because it's in poor condition.
Follow the dirt road South for approximately 2 miles.
You’ll end up in a large parking area; this is "Knapper Camp BLM."
Continue 0.9 miles and turn right after the pond (usually almost dry).
Drive 2.2 miles and turn right onto "Glass Butte C-Line Road".
Drive uphill about 4.5 miles to the top. Stay on graveled road.
There are two good saddle points with a large space for a few campers: 43.5509, -120.0657

Restrictions:
Glass Butte and Knapper Camp are dispersed camping, zero amenities. Be prepared to pack everything in and back out again. No toilets, no designated campsites.

Knapper Camp Gridline, CN93xn94

Latitude, Longitude
43.558694, -120.000100
Map Location Near city of Riley, Lake County, OR, Altitude 4765
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Last update: 2022-02-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Needs scouting.

Alkali Lake Grid Line, CN93xb98

Latitude, Longitude
43.078221, -120.000100
Map Location Near city of Riley, Lake County, OR, Altitude 4315
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Last update: 2022-02-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Exactly on CN93-DN03 grid line, parked on a highly conductive alkaline soil.

Old MRA Campsite, CN93qh03

Latitude, Longitude
43.305704, -120.665461
Map Location Near city of Great Sandy Desert, Lake County, OR, Altitude 4420
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Last update: 2022-02-02
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

We used to camp out here every Memorial Day weekend, out of the weather with good takeoff. Would recommend driving by to scout at least on the way to or from Green Mountain.

- Matt KC7OOY

Green Mtn Campground, CN93pj32

Latitude, Longitude
43.386285, -120.723611
Map Location Near city of Great Sandy Desert, Lake County, OR, Altitude 5200
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Last update: 2022-02-07
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Green Mtn Campground is a few feet higher than the Rock Pit, and offers picnic tables and vault toilet. It can be windy.

From the BLM website at Green Mountain Campsite: "Featuring panoramic views of the lava flows, cinder cones, and the desert landscape of the Fort Rock and Christmas Valley area of central Oregon, the Green Mountain Campground offers a remote camping experience perfect for photography, solitude and stargazing. Whether using it as a basecamp for exploring nearby attractions like Crack-in-the-Ground and the Four Craters Lava Field, or simply seeking an out-of-the-way site with stunning sunrises and sunsets, visitors willing to brave its rough access road will not be disappointed."

Driving directions:

Arriving from the north will miss miles of washboards. But if you must come from the south:
- From Christmas Valley, Oregon, head east on the Christmas Valley Highway
- Drive approximately 2 miles
- Turn north (left) onto Crack-in-the-Ground Road and continue for about 5 miles.
- Turn left onto Lava Craters Road, following signs to Crack-in-the-Ground.
- Follow the road past this site for about 4 miles, and continuing for another 3 miles as it turns west and north and becomes the Green Mountain Road (BLM Road 6109-00).

External map on Flickr: flic.kr/p/NGGA7v

Restrictions:

  • Open Season Green Mountain Campground is open year round
  • Four-wheel Drive vehicles recommended; access is via rugged dirt roads that may be impassable at times
  • 6 primitive campsites
  • Picnic tables and fire grates
  • First come, first served
  • Vault restroom
  • No drinking water
  • Pack out your trash
  • Nearest services are in the nearby town of Christmas Valley, Oregon

Green Mtn Rock Pit, CN93pj31

Latitude, Longitude
43.383323, -120.722301
Map Location Near city of Great Sandy Desert, Lake County, OR, Altitude 5200
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Last update: 2022-02-02
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

This is where I was/am going to go, a prominent spot next to the highest spot in the area. Campground right next door is very nice, but also can be windy.

- Matt KC7OOY

Driving directions:

Arriving from the north will miss miles of washboards. But if you get supplies in Christmas Valley then you pretty much have to come up from the south.

Hole in the Ground, CN93jj59

Latitude, Longitude
43.412774, -121.205595
Map Location Near city of Fort Rock, Lake County, OR, Altitude 4700
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Last update: 2022-02-02
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Great location but lots of wind at times. There are a couple spots aroud the rim on the north side, if they're not occupied, that you can get somew windbreak in the trees.

Walker Mtn Lookout, CN93dh43

Latitude, Longitude
43.305091, -121.716600
Map Location Near city of Chemult, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 7080
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Last update: 2022-02-02
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Needs scouting.

Restrictions: Likely blocked by snow in winter.

Hampton Butte, CN93us65

Latitude, Longitude
43.770850, -120.281970
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 6060
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-04
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Hampton Butte rises high above the valley plain, just north of Hwy 20 and the so-called city of Hampton (it's a wide spot with gas station), about 50 miles east of Bend.

Driving directions: From Bend, go east on Hwy 20.
- A few miles before you reach Hampton, turn north on Lizard Creek Road.
- Keep right at the wye, staying on Lizard Creek as it climbs the hill.
- Follow road to the top. No water or facilities.
- We camped on the last shoulder before the top.

Restrictions: Stay on road as it passes through private ranch land. The road is unmaintained in winter.

China Hat, CN93lq53

Latitude, Longitude
43.682026, -121.033902
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 6000
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Last update: 2014-04-04
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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China Hat is a 6000' conehead peak east of Bend, Oregon. Rod WE7X and I tried to reach this in April 2014 but were turned back by snow and seasonal road closure.

Also nearby is another spot worth trying, the East Butte Lookout.

Restrictions: Closed in winter.

Gilchrist Butte, CN93dl91

Latitude, Longitude
43.462680, -121.668130
Map Location Near city of Gilchrist, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 5220
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Last update: 2014-04-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Gilchrist Butte is a local high point near Crescent City and Gilchrist. Although it's near Hwy 97, it takes 45 minutes or more to reach on very rough logging roads.

With lots of trees and transmitters at the top, I wouldn't call it a good operating location.

Restrictions: No good roads; unmaintained logging roads are narrow, steep, sandy and deeply rutted. It requires a good 4WD vehicle with plenty of ground clearance.

Pine Mtn, CN93ms69

Latitude, Longitude
43.791234, -120.947378
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 6348
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Last update: 2001-10-22
Comments by: Richard W7YES

This is an observatory run by the University of Oregon with a primitive campground at the top.

Most of the mountain top is really "in the trees". There are a couple of locations that you can drive to and get good 180 degree openings, but rarely an unobstructed 360 degree view.

If you're willing to hike up a short trail, about 100 yards, there's a completely clear spot on the tip top of the mountain that has a 360 degree view. From the looks of the clearing, the observatory holds "star parties" and classes at this location. I should mention, there's another mountain top in the same immediate area (off the same access road) that has some antennas on it, I think it's a little lower than Pine Mtn. I didn't check it out, I just followed the road toward the higher ground.

See also:

Driving directions: 7 miles off hwy 20, S.E. of Bend.
- The road in is very good (graded with a nice washboard effect) clearly marked to the observatory.

Restrictions: Snow cat required in January.

Paulina Peak, CN93iq95

Latitude, Longitude
43.689300, -121.254630
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 7985
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-03
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

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This is one of the premier operating locations in Oregon state. Paulina Peak is the very top (and I mean the VERY TOP) of what was a pretty fair mountain until it turned into a volcano a few years back.

The road to the peak is quite good, and passenger cars make it with no problems. There are no microwave towers in the way, and they even provide restrooms at the top. There are excellent paths in all directions with no obstructions. At the very top there is a gravel parking lot that will accommodate 15 or 20 vehicles. There is a high point to the SE slightly blocking the path, but other than that things are wide open.

Paulina Peak is in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, a major recreation area in Central Oregon. Below the peak there are numerous campgrounds, at least two resorts and two large lakes. The resorts offer cabins, RV parks, showers, etc.

More information about Newberry Volcano and Paulina Peak:

Driving directions: From Bend, drive south on Highway 97.
- Take the Newberry-Paulina road to the east. It is well marked.
- Go uphill about 11 miles to the guard station.
- You will have to pay a $5 day use fee to park on the peak.
- These passes are available at the entry guard station or at the Ranger Station.
- The road to the peak is opposite Paulina Lake Campground at about mile 13.
- It goes to the right (south).
- This is a one lane road with turnouts.

Restrictions: Pass required. Motorhomes and trailers are prohibited.
Closed for the winter at the Sno-Park lot.

Lava Butte, CN93hw70

Latitude, Longitude
43.917433, -121.356797
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 5020
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Last update: 2014-04-27
Comments by: Frank K3UHF

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Lava Butte is a cinder cone rising 500 feet above Lava Lands Visitor Center. A cinder covered trail encircles the rim of the cone with outstanding views.

See also the Lava Butte Interpretive Site by the USDA Forest Service for conditions and fire warnings.

There is good but limited parking and a public toilet.

Driving directions: From Bend, travel 11.2 miles south on Hwy 97.
- It is located approximately five miles south of the High Desert Museum.
- It is only 4 or 5 minutes off Hwy 97.

Restrictions: Open 9:00 am to disk. A Forest Service pass is required to park, and they check. The parking lot on top of Lava Butte is limited to 10 vehicles, so 30 minute time passes are issued at the Lava Lands Welcome Station on a first come, first served basis.
Closed during winter. Check the parks department hotline 541-383-5700 for additional restrictions.

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