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Yainax Butte, OR July 2020

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Yainax Butte, or as the surveyor pin says, “Yonna”, was a mountain I was hoping to drive up to the lookout and do a quick activation on my way to SOTA campout/"expedition" in the Fremont NF west of Lakeview. The roads were awful. There are a couple ways to get there, just follow the maps but once you get to the main access road to summit, it is extreme 4wd rutty, rock crawl for about 3 or 4 miles. We ended up going all the way but I do not recommend it. It would be better off as maybe a  day hike up rather than drive. I got out and walked part of the way and enjoyed the wildflowers because the road was too much for me. Plenty of room to set up but not much for trees. Plenty of rock.

We took the Bly Cut off Rd to 3753/Keno Springs Rd-gravel, left RD 22/FD RD 174, but came out to reach 140 going east on what I think was also Keno Springs Rd. There were also range gates to open and close through the area coming from the Bly Cut Off Rd.


Nice views. Old lookout still there with some equipment. However, I am not sure I will go back to this AG7GP