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Mt. Elijah (6390'/1948m) summit (gigapixel)

Gigapixel view from atop Mount Elijah (elev. 6,390') outside Oregon Caves National Monument, Oregon.  The peak is not an official summit as it shares a ridgeline with the nearby higher Lake Mountain.  The view here is quite spectacular as one gets a nice view into California, facing Mount Shasta, the Red Buttes Wilderness, Preston Peak area, & west to the Illinois Valley & Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  One can also see the Pacific Ocean faint on the horizon.  To the north & out of view is where the Bigelow Lakes are located, however they were completely frozen & snowed over.  The peak is named after Elijah Davidson who discovered nearby Oregon Caves in 1874 after chasing a bear into the cave.  Though not within the national monument, the peak is a common objective sought by visitors to the caves.  The caves are not open this time of year, & clearly I was the first to trek up in here in awhile, postholing through a few feet in snow in certain areas.


Gigapixel panorama (1.455 gigapixels), 285 photos, 53944x26972 pixels

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