Oregon Desert Trail (Seg. 3): Squaw Flat to Lost Forest
ElevationAscent: 507' 154 m
Descent: -901' -275 m
High: 4,854' 1,479 m
Low: 4,403' 1,342 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“Check out the lava fields at Lava Mountain and stop for a drink at Peter's Creek Campground.”— Renee Patrick
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South Reservoir is muddy cow-water and cannot be counted on for safe drinking, but there is water in spigots at Peters Creek Campground. This section combines a series of cross country, and 2-track road walking.
Crossing Millican Road, the ODT continues a cross-country stretch to the east. The cross-country piece crosses two-track roads, and eventually one can glimpse a large transmission line in the distance to the east. The ODT crosses Peters Creek drainage, travels under the transmission line, and continues until it hits the gravel Frederick Butte Road (CV098). From here its a short hike north along this road to arrive at the Peters Creek OHV Park campground entrance, a welcome source of shady trees and water (camp at CV101).
The ODT heads south on the Frederick Butte Road from the campground and turns left (southeast) on a two-track road just after crossing a cattle guard. This road forks, and the ODT stays left (southeast) toward the scattered junipers in the distance. Upon reaching a four-way intersection, the ODT follows the left (east) dirt two-track road through juniper forest and passes through a barbed wire fence gate. The junipers thin out and soon the road travels into open sage country.
The trail follows this two-track east, crossing another barbed wire fence gate, to a four-way intersection, at which point the trail turns right (south) and continues on a two-track road to a cluster of manmade improvements at Mean Rock Well (CV109)a silo, propane tank, water trough all defunct. If there has been recent rain there may be some water in the water troughs, but these are not reliable water sources.
Here the ODT turns southeast off the road, crosses a barbed wire fence, and heads through the sagebrush toward the line of pine trees on the horizonthe Lost Forest. Moonlight Butte is the high point of the landscape about six miles east of Mean Rock Well, and the cross-country stretch heads roughly towards this butte until reaching a rock rim.
The ODT follows this rim to a barbed wire fence at CV111. After crossing this fence, the ODT crosses a well-traveled BLM road (which could serve as a possible water cache spot) and enters the Lost Forest Research Natural Area at a closed two-track road (just across the road to the south of CV111)a couple of large boulders prevent vehicle access here. The Sand Dunes are to the southwest, and its worth a short side trip to see these rolling hills of sand butting up against a pine forest.
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