Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Solo mission to Wildhorse Lake, South Steens, and Alvord Desert / SEPT 2 - 5 2011

I set off into the wilderness of Steens Mountain in search of epic battles with Lahontan cutthroat trout at one of Oregon's highest and most magical lakes. 

Warm Springs wildfires 

Wildhorse Lake 

a beautiful Lahontan Cutthroat  

Wildhorse Canyon

a long and heavy hike back up the canyon
Pueblo Mountains in the distance 

The Alvord Desert partially covered by water as seen from the summit of Steens Mtn.

a warm campfire at South Steens

Riddles Brothers ranch

tiny Redband from the Little Blitzen River 

wildfire scars... i watched the bluffs above me burn from my camp the previous night 

a watering hole for wild horses
a flock of White-faced Ibis

The Alvord Desert Playa

a breezy playa campfire

Big Sand Gap


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