It may be too early in the season, but, if you're interested in this area, don't forget to jump the border to Hart Mt Antelope Refuge, the Warner Wetlands, &, if you still have the yen to keep on going, to Steens Mt. SE Oregon is astonishing & underpopulated -- & threatened. Check out ONDA (Oregon Natural Desert Association) for proposed development in the Steens. Get to Wildhorse Lake & Geiger Canyon before they become suburbia. Where are you backpacking in the Warners? Don't miss Patterson Lake.