Ancient Forest

State/Province/Region
OR
Country
US
Nearest Area
Painted Hills Unit, John Day Fossil Beds N.M.
Town
Mitchell
Brief Directions

Hwy. 26 enroute from Prineville, Oregon to Mitchell, look for sign in a few miles after dropping from the summit of the Ochoco Mountains, and just after you pass on the left of a large volcanic peak off in the distance.

Description

You may never see this scene in anyone's portfolio as I climbed up a creek drainage to the top of the hill to peer down onto the ancient forest which is now left as amber pieces you can see in ringed piles on the foreground hillside. I first discovered these piles of Amber while walking down the narrow ravine between the two hillsides. Again, this and many other grand vistas have been closed off to the public, with no word of tours by the Monuments employees, either in the wildflower season through the Main Valley or any other location within the Unit. Sad when government wants to withhold one of the greatest wonders of the Pacific Northwest even with their employees paid as guides for all.

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Date Added
February 12, 2016
Date Taken
February 12, 2016