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The Register Guard: Your close-up awaits

From the writers at The Register Guard.

On the far side of Oregon, among rolling prairie and high desert, are some of the state’s most spectacular but overlooked places.

The best way to experience these wild and beautiful mountains is with a backpacking trip. Mountain lakes, meadows and wind-swept peaks are best experienced with a few days of up-close enjoyment.

Here are the top five places for a backpacking adventure in Eastern Oregon.

5. Gearhart Mountain Wilderness

Highlighted by pearl-white rock formations, a cliff-walled valley and deep-blue lake surrounded by quaking aspen, the Gearhart is a place of deep solitude in the desolate southeast.

The best backpacking route is a 13-mile trail that bisects the wilderness from one end to the other. A shuttle isn’t difficult to set up with two cars, but there’s an out-and-back option as well.

To read the full story by The Register Guard, click here.

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