Pine Mountain Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Near the University of Oregon Pine Mountain Observatory, you will find this campground among the pines at an elevation of 6,250 feet. Lupine and bunchgrass pierce the needle mat. The observatory operates three telescopes and is typically open to the public on Friday and Saturday evenings from Memorial Day weekend through the last weekend in September. A donation is suggested, and “dark moons” are the best times to visit. Amateur astronomers bring their own telescopes to the lofty locale. Although stargazing is the chief activity, birders enjoy the spot too. The open sage summit also supplies panoramic views of the encompassing forest, the Cascade volcanoes, and the high desert. There are no open fires during summer and fall because of fire danger, but the restriction also preserves the viewing darkness. Keep the noise down during the day so as not to disturb the astronomers’ sleep."