Oregon’s Alps

April 17, 2009

looking south east toward Cheif Joseph Mt.

looking southeast toward Chief Joseph Mt.

People claim the Wallowa Valley is the closest thing to the Alps outside of Switzerland. This relatively high elevation area is made up of a mostly agricultural community surrounded by the Eagle Cap wilderness area to the south and west, Hell’s canyon to the east, and high plains to the north. These features form an “island” of  isolation – you only get there if it’s your destination. A perfect location if you’re running away from a city, even one as nice as Portland.

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