Surprise Valley

Adel, Oregon

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This road explores the desert canyons, valleys, dry lakes, and foothills of the remote east side of the North Warner Mountains, dropping down to Upper Lake, Middle Alkalai Lake, and Lower Lake. Includes views of the 9,892-foot South Warners (Eagle Peak) and access to Nevada’s Sheldon National Antelope Range. Easy, wide gravel road. Washboarded in spots. Like Oregon, California never seems to run out of scenic surprises. You have the High Sierra, with its string of 14,000-foot summits, forming the state’s backbone. You have Mt. Shasta, a 14,000-foot volcano, standing guard over the state’s far north. Tucked away west of Shasta, you have the Marble Mountains and Trinity Alps, two of the nation’s largest, most rugged and most scenic wilderness areas.

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"This road explores the desert canyons, valleys, dry lakes, and foothills of the remote east side of the North Warner Mountains, dropping down to Upper Lake, Middle Alkalai Lake, and Lower Lake. Includes views of the 9,892-foot South Warners (Eagle Peak) and access to Nevada’s Sheldon National Antelope Range. Easy, wide gravel road. Washboarded in spots.

Like Oregon, California never seems to run out of scenic surprises. You have the High Sierra, with its string of 14,000-foot summits, forming the state’s backbone. You have Mt. Shasta, a 14,000-foot volcano, standing guard over the state’s far north. Tucked away west of Shasta, you have the Marble Mountains and Trinity Alps, two of the nation’s largest, most rugged and most scenic wilderness areas."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Adel
Distance: 33
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Local Contacts: BLM Lakeview District
Local Maps: USGS Adel, May Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Surprise Valley

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May 2018