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Mountain meets Pacific Alvord/Steens Oct 4-7, 2018

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:00 am
by ghcoe
Hey thought I would put this out there.

I am planning a trip into the Alvord Desert/Steens Mountain area sometime late next year. This would be the half way point from Reno to Boise. Anyone interested in doing a meetup?

I was thinking a meetup in Fields, Oregon and then continue to Alvord Desert for a overnight. Then heading north and around to Frenchglen and do the Steens Mountian loop. There are primitive camp opportunities and some camp sites we could choose from for night two. We can then say our good-byes and head home on day three.

I know of a few cool areas to visit on this trip. Probably September or early October since mosquitoes can get bad in the Steens. Need a frost to kill the little buggers.

Let me know, George.

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:34 am
by REDONE
Definitely. I drive from Denver to Eugene every year for Thanksgiving. Next year, my wife and I were already talking about making it a family adventure instead of just me avoiding her family by driving instead of flying.

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:04 pm
by Renodemona
You letting Nevadans in for this? Only about 5 hours to Fields from my place...

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:21 pm
by ghcoe
Renodemona wrote:You letting Nevadans in for this? Only about 5 hours to Fields from my place...

Yeah, that is why I posted here to see if anyone was interested. I see you guys have some activity there in Reno. I thought you may be interested in meeting up since fields is almost exactly the same distance for me as it is for you. But, hey all are welcome to tag along if they want.

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:26 pm
by Renodemona
Yes Definitely interested, sounds like the makings of a good trip

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:33 pm
by Nikkormat
Posting for update notifications... I'm planning to be far away but hey you never know.

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:06 pm
by ghcoe
REDONE wrote:Definitely. I drive from Denver to Eugene every year for Thanksgiving. Next year, my wife and I were already talking about making it a family adventure instead of just me avoiding her family by driving instead of flying.
That would be great.

Nikkormat wrote:Posting for update notifications... I'm planning to be far away but hey you never know.
Need to meetup someday.

Renodemona wrote:Yes Definitely interested, sounds like the makings of a good trip
Sounds good. I will try and come up with some dates and post up. Not sure when first frost is, but probably right after that. I was there last time in June and the mosquitoes where bad. A 4 day trip turned into a 2 day trip. One night was enough for me. I never knew there was a elite force of mosquitoes that can surround you in a cloud, fly through deet spray with no effect, infiltrate your tent at night through the zippers, but I now know where they train for combat.....and that my friends is the Steens Mountains!

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:10 pm
by Renodemona
Something that first weekend in October would be great, work keeps me really busy through September.

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:31 pm
by Stuka
I wish it wasn't so far away. Its a 10 hour drive from me. Looks like an amazing place.

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:07 pm
by ghcoe
Stuka wrote:I wish it wasn't so far away. Its a 10 hour drive from me. Looks like an amazing place.


It is a great place. Been about 15 years since I have been there so I am sure I will be disappointed with how much traffic it is getting now.

Renodemona wrote:Something that first weekend in October would be great, work keeps me really busy through September.


Sounds good to me. I planned on a 4 day trip. One day to and from, two days there. We want to do a Thursday-Sunday or a Friday-Monday?

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:17 pm
by Renodemona
Prefer Thursday to Sunday

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:27 pm
by ghcoe
Oct 4-7, 2018. Sounds good. Set the date!

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:53 pm
by Renodemona
Sweet! It's on my calendar

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:32 pm
by ghcoe
Nice. I will post up some more info as it comes about. Piecing together a route now and also fuel stops.

Just be warned fuel may be a bit pricy in this area. Denio I read just got their pumps up and running this year. Fields, has fuel and Frenchglen is sketchy. From my reading all where pricy. So come in with as much fuel as you can from lower priced locations.

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:32 am
by Driftwood
Marked in my calendar

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:00 am
by shortbus4x4
Put it on my calender.

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:34 pm
by ghcoe
Nice! looking forward to meeting up with you guys.

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:05 am
by Renodemona
Is there a trail guidebook for the area? I have the California, Nevada, and Colorado ones but not finding one for Oregon.

Re: Mountain meets Pacific?

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:06 pm
by ghcoe
There might be. I don't use books much anymore. I just use online maps and plot a course...

Re: Mountain meets Pacific Alvord/Steens Oct 4-7, 2018

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:38 am
by Renodemona
I've got a 5 gallon Jerry Can. Should I grab another before this trip?