Railroad Ridge (White Cloud Peaks and High Lakes, Salmon River Breaks)
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1: Climbing to Gunsight Saddle
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: ATVs 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.
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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