Sisters to Delta Campground, Blue River, Oregon. (44 miles) Mile 4124
Over the Cascades
The first good thing today is that we crossed the last significant mountain range between us and the Pacific Coast, the Cascades. The change in the ecosystem from east to west was dramatic as we climbed up 11 miles (2,000 feet gain) through Ponderosa pine forests, and then soared down 33 miles (4,000 feet loss) through old growth Douglas fir, cedar, vine maple, ferns, and moss.
McKenzie Pass cuts through an ancient lava flow
The lava block observatory at the summit of McKenzie Pass
Looking toward the Three Sisters and the Belnap lava field from the McKenzie Pass Summit
The road down the west side of McKenzie winds through dense forest. We only saw about half a dozen vehicles on the east side of the Pass.
The second good thing today, is that we were totally pampered by John and Karen Poole. We met them on the Illinois-
John and Karen Poole, our hosts!