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Moon Mountain

 
Moon Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Oregon, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.34860°N / 119.2225°W

Object Title: Moon Mountain

Elevation: 7043 ft / 2147 m

 

Page By: Brian Jenkins

Created/Edited: Jun 20, 2003 / Feb 3, 2006

Object ID: 151661

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Overview


Moon Mountain lies on an east/west ridge in the Aldrich Mountains in central Oregon between the John Day River and Canyon Creek. It actually sits apart from the rest of the peaks on this ridge on a smaller ridge that extends north from the central point on the ridge. From east to west on this ridge are Fields Peak, Moore Mountain, Moon Mountain, McClellan Mountain and Riley Mountain. A trail starts from either Fields Peak or McClellan Mountain and makes for a nice long day of peakbagging while walking the ridge.

The Aldrich Mountains are a subset of the Blue Mountains, a huge range of peaks that extend from Smith Rock near Bend, OR east and then northeast towards southeastern Washington. The rock is volcanic (and therefore mostly crappy) but the mountains were caused by uplift.

The trail that runs the ridge must be departed from once you reach the smaller ridge in between Moore Mountain and McClellan Mountain that extends north to Moon Mountain. From there you go "cross-country" although it's mostly above treeline and covered with small scrub brush and flowers. Great views from the Ochocos in the west to Strawberry Mountain in the east. Elevation gain would be roughly 2900 feet cumulative from the west trail and about 5 miles from the trailhead.

Getting There


Take Highway 26 fron the west (Portland) or the east (Idaho) to a point about 13 miles east of Dayville, OR. Turn south on Fields Creek Road where there is a sign for Murderer's Creek Guard Station. Follow this 8.2 miles to a sign for Fields Peak and Road 115. Turn left onto this road and go about a half mile to a "T". Turn right onto Road 2160 and go 200 yards to Road 041 and turn left. Take this rough road about a mile to its end and the trailhead.

Red Tape


No fees or permits required.

When To Climb


May to October usually.

Camping


Billy Fields Campground is on Fields Creek Road a couple of miles from Highway 26 on your way to the trailhead.

There is also a good campsite at the trailhead as well as under some trees just after you leave the main ridge to go onto Moon Mountain.

Mountain Conditions


Blue Mountain Ranger District
541-575-3000






Maps


USGS for Dayville, OR. 1:100,000 scale metric from 1981. Have found them at the REI in Tualatin, OR.

Other nearby attractions


John Day Fossil Beds

Images

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