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United States : Oregon

16.9 miles (27.2 km) W of Diamond, Harney, OR, USA
Approx. altitude: 1470 m (4822 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 43°S 61°E

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#2: Flags at location. #3: View, as it is, to the North. #4: GPS sitting at location #5: Looking to the East, but not far. #6: Looking West across Jackass Cr. at some rimrock.

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  43°N 119°W  

#1: Looking South and into Jackass Creek.

(visited by Neal & Candi Weathers)

23-Jun-2001 -- This confluence, N 43 X W 119, is out in the Oregon High Desert south-southwest of Burns, Oregon on Highway 205, Just a few miles north-northwest of Frenchglen, Oregon. It is well off the beaten track and a 4x4 or good hiking boots are required to get in and out the last mile or so. The map I used showed a road going right past the confluence on the Foster Flats-Harney Lake road. Not. Oh there is a road here all right, in fact I believe it is the old stage road, but it was overgrown with Big Sage brush, Bitterbrush and had a rockslide blocking it about 1/4 mile from the confluence. Anyway, we traveled Highway 78 from the N 43 X W 118 confluence we had hit earlier in the day to New Princeton, Oregon, out across the desert to the Malheur Game refuge on the Narrows-Princeton road, a graveled back road, to Highway 205. Turning south, we traveled around 8-9 miles until we turned west onto the Foster Flats road. This road was really rough, even though it had recently been graded, lots of donickers sticking out of the road bed. We followed the map towards the confluence, expecting the good road per the map. After circling the confluence at about 2.45 to 3.0 miles, we changed maps and found out that the road was not quite as good as we were looking for. Traveling in 4x4 for about 3.5 miles, we came to what looked like the end of the road at an old ranch house with a locked gate and a graded road coming in to it. We looked around and could make out the old road crossing a dry wash and skirting the bank. You could see where people had stacked rocks on the hillside and backfilled in and made a roadbed and followed the overgrown road around the hillside and hit the old road alongside Jackass creek. Somebody had brushed the road out and removed a rockslide and we drove almost right to the confluence, which was about 385 feet off the road. We marked the confluence with several wire flags, got our pictures and left back for the truck. After getting to our rig, we looked over the maps again, hit a the side road that was plowed out and were back to the main road in short order and then we went home. Anybody looking to go in here should take food, water, fuel, have a high clearance rig with plenty of fuel and food, just in case. We saw a lot of rock formations we liked and we will be going back to check them out. There should be a lot of snakes in this region so be real careful where you step. This is a real rough and isolated area so I would advise to not go here in the winter or when it is wet out.


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#1: Looking South and into Jackass Creek.
#2: Flags at location.
#3: View, as it is, to the North.
#4: GPS sitting at location
#5: Looking to the East, but not far.
#6: Looking West across Jackass Cr. at some rimrock.
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