Rte 242 – Dee Wright Observatory and Proxy Falls

Sometimes, having a full tank of gas can be so satisfying…

From Bend, I headed toward Sisters and took Route 242. The road, cut through miles of lava fields, was fun, twisty, and had great views! This highway was built over the wagon route (used starting in the 1860’s) when the Observatory was built in 1935.

Twisty

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View of Mt. Washington and lava beds

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Dee Write Observatory

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Inside the Observatory, small viewing holes that help focus on distant mountains and craters.

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A view of Middle and North Sister from inside the Observatory

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A view of Middle and North Sisters from the Observatory

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Beyond the Observatory is the Belknap Crater complex. This lava field was formed by miles of lava vents that constantly erupted over 1,000 years ago.

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Further down 242 at MP65 was Proxy Falls. I was running out of time so only made it to Lower Proxy Falls. The hike is pretty easy, the trail is cut through lava flow until you get to the forest.

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On the way home, stopped again for another good view of Sisters

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