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Railroad Ridge (White Cloud Peaks and High Lakes, Salmon River Breaks) July 30, 1999


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Railroad Ridge

*Slide 1: Climbing to Gunsight Saddle
*Slide 2
: View of Crater Lake

We invited conservation leaders on this field trip plus botanist Michael Mancuso and ecologist Dana Perkins. Railroad Ridge, 10,400’ has rare, endemic plants, and stoic white bark pines, over a thousand years old. Michael taught us about alpine vegetation, and Dana told us of her whitebark pine study.

Our group discussed two on-going problems here: ATV’s illegally driving off-road, and cattle grazing -- both harm vegetation and impact wildlife, especially birds. BWCC has been urging the SNRA to better monitor and address both ATV and cow use.

Serious talk aside, our group climbed to Gunsight Ridge and looked down upon Gunsight, Quartzite, and Tin Cup Lakes. Also, at Crater Lake in Livingston Creek.

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