Saddle Butte Climber's Log

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ericwillhite

ericwillhite - Jun 27, 2016 7:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2016

Drove up  Sucess!

One in our party used the old outhouse for the lookout...hidden in the woods near the lookout site.

ericnoel

ericnoel - Jul 8, 2012 11:52 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2012

Saddle Butte  Sucess!

Drove up. Wide views. Good wildflowers. Long long roads.

Dundeel

Dundeel - Oct 2, 2011 4:34 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2011

Saddle Up  Sucess!

Drove up in the dark with high clearance.

Redwic

Redwic - Sep 14, 2010 12:56 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2010

Great Views And A Rare Animal Sighting!  Sucess!

This was my fourth of four CoGPPs summited in one day. I was able to drive my passenger vehicle to the summit, although I had to stop numerous times along FR-470 to remove hidden rocks. During my descent, I saw a cougar running down FR-40 from the slopes of Saddle Butte. I also encountered the largest bird I have ever personally seen in wilderness: a California condor. At first I could not believe it, but there was no mistaking the species (as I had previous seen them in captivity, in books, and on television). Some people I initially told about the sighting thought I was mistaken, as California condors had not been in Northwest wilderness areas for many years. I did some research after returning home and found out the Oregon Zoo had released 10 California condors (including three from the previous year), so it is likely I saw one of those. It was likely a once-in-a-lifetime bird sighting for me, and not one I will soon forget.

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