Sunday, December 30, 2007

Ochocos-Lookout Mountain

Winter backpacking is really the best. Animal tracks are abundant. Solitude is easy to find as is water.
On this trip I headed out for an overnight to the Ochoco Mountains above Prineville. My goal was to complete a 17 mile loop from the Ochoco Ranger Station circling thru' Lookout Mountain and passing by some abandon mining camps and mines.
About a foot of snow was on the ground so I strapped on the snowshoes only to realize that the going was easier without them. In this video, I have discovered some tracks I believed to be Bobcat in the video. In hindsight, I pretty sure they were fox or coyote. I did later see a bunch of mountain lion tracks which were very distinctive-about the size of your hand!

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