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Big Summit Prairie

Ochoco Mountains, Oregon

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  • Big Summit Prairie, looking northwest from the meadow's eastern edge with the North Fork Crooked River in the foreground.- Big Summit Prairie
  • Big Summit Prairie, looking northwest from the meadow's eastern edge with the North Fork Crooked River in the foreground.- Big Summit Prairie
  • A wildflower meadow on the prairie's southwestern edge, composed mostly of mule's ear (Wyethia amplexicaulis).- Big Summit Prairie
  • A wildflower meadow on the prairie's southwestern edge, composed mostly of mule's ear (Wyethia amplexicaulis).- Big Summit Prairie
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildflowers in late May/early June.
Cons: 
Far from most "civilized" destinations.
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Region:
Ochoco Mountains, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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With wide open, blue skies, several thousand acres of meadow and pasture, and the backdrop of gentle mountains and ponderosa pine trees, Big Summit Prairie is the epitome of great western landscape.  Located in the heart of the Ochoco Mountains, just east of Lookout Mountain and Round Mountain, Big Summit Prairie is a stellar stopping point for wildflower viewing in late spring. For the best showing head to the western edge of the prairie. Turn right off of Canyon Creek Rd/NF-42 onto NF-300 and proceed for several hundred yards, where northern mule’s ear, common camas, red paintbrush and meadow larkspur will be in abundance.

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(3 within a 30 mile radius)

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