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[Berry-Norton], Oregon (8000+ ft)

Malheur National Forest
Joaquin Miller Trail #219


This peak is not named on the USGS 7.5 minute Pine Creek Mountain, OR map (1998). Jeff Howbert named this peak [Berry-Norton] after two adjacent drainages, Berry Creek to the southwest and the Norton Fork of Pine Creek to the northeast.

Route: Joaquin Miller Trail #219

From John Day, turn south on US highway 395 from OR highway 26. Continue through Canyon City and after 10 miles (near milepost 10C) turn left on County Road 65. Follow CR 65 3.0 miles and turn left onto FR 6510. Follow FR 6510 5.1 miles to the Joaquin Miller Trailhead at the end of the road. You will pass FR 812 at 1.7 miles.

The Joaquin Miller Trail climbs to the top of Rattlesnake Ridge, then drops down into a lower ridge separating Berry and Tamarack Creeks. At 2.4 miles the Tamarack Creek Trail forks to the right. Continue on the Joaquin Miller Trail and climb about 2 miles to about 7000 feet, where a rocky outcropping above the trail on your left (to the north) appears and a rock buttress is on your right.

Leave the trail here and climb directly up towards the rock outcropping about 600 feet, then traverse upward to the left to reach the top of the ridge at about 7800 feet. Traverse the ridge to the west, passing obstructions to the left, then climb up to the high point just above 8000 feet.