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Deschutes River Overnighter
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Charles Reneau
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Locale: Cascades and Oregon Coast Range
Overnighter: Deschutes River Trail, Oregon, Feb. 20-21 on 03/03/2008 12:00:38 MST Print View

Here's photos from an overnight trip I took a couple of weeks ago on the Deschutes River. I traveled the lower section of the river, which empties
into the Columbia about a dozen miles
east of The Dalles, Oregon. This
area is close to sea level and is usually snow free. Highs in mid 50's,
low was 37F.
Notable Gear:
GG Mariposa
Golite PonchoTarp
LaFuma 30* down mummy bag
Equinox Ultralight Bivy Cover
All photographs are from my Pentax
Optio WP.

At the trailhead, in my BPL clone hat:


The walls of the valley are 1500 ft.


Along the trail, some tiny wildflowers are blooming. I don't think that this is the main season for that- I was a little early for the bigger displays.


The trail is an old railroad grade converted into a road for the DNR
to access the area. Along the grade
are several abandoned railroad cars.
I suspect these were left along the
trail to house the workers who
took up the track, but I don't
really know.


Here I am at the first car:me at car

As the sun dipped down, the hills
lost their burnt out look and got



Dinner time at Falls Canyon Campground, as lit by my eLite headlamp:


This was the night of the lunar
eclipse, but the moon came out
behind some clouds too late for
me to get a photo of that. But it
was bright out that night! I could
see the shadow of my hand on the
ground, and count my fingers.


Sunrise over my one night home:a

I saw this fearsome deer skeleton
creature on my return:


It was a beautiful trip out in the
"high desert." Thanks for reading.


Edited by charley289 on 03/03/2008 12:10:09 MST.