One of my favorite memories of Hart Mountain is soaking in the hot spring in early November with a storm blowing up over the mountain from Warner Valley. The air was cold on our faces, the water was warm on our bodies, and the sky was putting on an incredible display. We had the whole campground to ourselves and basked in the solitude.
I grew up calling this area my backyard. Whether we are camping, fishing, hunting or hiking, this place never ceases to amaze me. Starting out wandering these woods from a young age, I somehow always feel a sense of safety and peacefulness.
This place was a popular hiking destination my whole life. It gives great views of the town and the land that surrounds it. Growing up, my friends and I would make the hike almost every weekend to have picinics and admire the view.
Walking into the Punchbowl, gazing up to the top of Winter Ridge and then turning around to have Summer Lake and all the terrain to the east open up makes you feel like you are floating. The hike through the remains of the last big fire is emotional. The way nature responds to events beyond what we humans do is humbling while powerful. We watch.
Watching closely and interacting physically with the surface of Summer Lake as it is drying out in the warm months is a amazing. The changes to the patterns of the cracks in the mud, the color, the distance you can walk before starting to sink in never ceases. It makes you very aware of water and the lack of water.
My work crew stops at least once every summer at the viewpoint . My boss, Clair, would always take time to explain the geography of the area and to point out the volcanic rim across the way that you can see. He also has stories of taking the crew to that rim to do some surveys and adventure around. This area is such an amazing are geographically and just an absolutely stunning view.
This place holds a record of changes that points to the inevitable way the environment changes. When I was there for the first time I was struck by both how beautiful the natural world is and how we are responsible for not putting it in jeopardy.
If I ever chose to leave Lake County for good, I would miss the abundance of agriculture, wildlife, and wide open spaces. There truly is no place quite the same.
I spent 19 years here, 1986-2005. Had some tough times at first but always some great kids! Band was a major part of my life. I wanted to share the fun. My hope is that Lakeview kids will have the opportunity.
A wildfire flared up and raced across the edge of the mountains and sprang across the highway, continuing north. The effects were sobering as quite a few homes were in the line of fire. The color of the fire retardant was brilliant against the blackened earth and plants.
This is a place that I always try to take family and friends. Such beautiful formations, and a gorgeous view of the notch and the hills surrounding it. Perfect place to visit my favorite mountain. Five stars.
Imagining the ancient presence of people and what life was like then compared to now is so cool.
Oct. 1988, at the age of almost 42, I finally decided to disobey my parents' admonitions to my younger self and get a motorcycle. Finding out I could ride one was an astonishingly eye-opening experience: their "you can't" had embedded itself in my psyche as "you are not physically, mentally or in any other way able to." When I first daringly rode to Valley Falls, I felt sort of like John Glenn.
If you like to swim with your family and/ or camp, Drews is the place for you! Enjoy the hot summer days floating the lake or boating. Great place to boat when there is enough water. Favorite spot for us locals to swim when you don't feel like driving hours. Highly recommend!
If I was to take a visitor anywhere in Lake County, I would take them to Drew's Peak Lookout. I like this area because you can see the rolling hills and the terrain of Lake County.
We love to hike up Crane Creek. With the juniper and sage on one side of the canyon, the conifers on the other, and the creek in the middle, it's a perfect microcosm of Lake County. We love to hike up until we are surrounded by ponderosas. The dog loves to play in the creek.
Leaving the desert heat by entering the cold crack, dropping to 80ft below the lava plains, contemplating the two rock walls that that perfectly match; an ethereal experience. The experience becomes monumental as one crawls through one of the cracks in the sidewall to discover 3 parallel cracks that can be explored that are even more narrow and mind boggling. Crack in the Ground is one of the most unique places in Lake County, unbeknownst even to many Lake County residents. If you ever have the opportunity to check it out, do it!
This Peak has a lot of history in my family. My grandmother lived in the fire lookout during summers up here before my father was born. I have hiked this many times and every time I see something new and am taken away by the views of the whole area, along with Upper Cottonwood Meadow Lake. I grew up calling this area my backyard. Whether I am with my family fishing, hunting, camping or hiking, these woods will always be very special to me.
My family and I go here every summer and it is such a wonderful place to swim. With rocks to jump off of, deep swimming holes, and it’s right off the road. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves water and a safe place for kids to swim.
There are more and different kinds of wildlife now then when I arrived in the county (1978). Some of the species that have increased include bighorn sheep, river otter, silver gray squirrel, fox, eagles and ibis. No species have disappeared, but some have declined, most notably mule deer.
When I went to Hart Mountain in August 2006 for the first time, the lakes viewed from the lookout were all full. For the next 10 years, the valley was dry, all white dust in vaguely circular patterns, like placeholders for ghost water, even in spring. Now, at long last, Lake County lives up to its name again.
One day, my work crew and I had to hike down Warner viewpoint into the bottom of big cove to survey the area. Casualties: one bee sting, a broken lunch box, a broken water bottle, lost equipment, two gallons of water, scraped hands and knees, our sanity. Bad day, great memories.
It was very scary watching the fire crawl over the top of the ridge from my backyard at night. We were so worried that the fire was just wiping out our beautiful forest around Dog Lake. Later, after things cooled off, we were able to drive through and it looked pretty bad. We were afraid it was going to take a long time to recover. Happily, last year we drove through and things were recovering nicely. There was a lot of open space for deer and elk to graze, and more pockets of living trees than we expected to see.
I loved going to Ana every chance I got. It was my little piece of tranquility. Beautiful place to clear my mind.
I love to watch Abert Rim change through the seasons. The play of snow and stone in the winter, the brilliant lime and rust lichen in the spring, the color fadeout in the summer, and the way the fall light makes the whole thing glow. It is a year-round display.
This is a great spot to view the entire Valley Falls and Summer Lake Area. You can see all around for miles. There is something soothing about gazing off into the beautiful landscape we call home.
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