MALHEUR NATIONAL FOREST
Consisting of extensive lands in east-central Oregon, Malheur National Forest includes high country scenery of the Blue Mountains, with 9,038-foot Strawberry Mountain the highest point.
Common trees include ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, and fir, with some old-growth stands. There are also meadows and grasslands, alpine lakes, several rivers, and many creeks. Among the wildlife are elk, antelope, mule deer, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and bobcat, j Two wilderness areas have been designated here: the 68,300-acre Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, along with a portion of the 19,600-acre Monument Rock Wilderness. Also in the National Forest is part of the 29,000-acre Indian RockVinegar Hill Scenic Area, which extends into Umatilla National Forest.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are possible on over 200 miles of trails. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. Most trails are open to horseback riding, and some are suitable for cross-country skiing in winter. Fishing is available, and hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout most of this National Forest, as are campfires, except where otherwise prohibited. Campsites in wilderness areas should be at least 200 feet from lakeshores.
For Further Information: Malheur National Forest, 139 N.E. Dayton Street, John Day, OR 97845; (503)575-1731.