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Petes Point

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View to Eagle Cap from Petes point summit (bobcat)
Petes Point from Dollar Lake (bobcat)

Description

Petes Point, 9,675 feet high, is a large horseshoe-shaped mountain block to the west of Tenderfoot Pass and above the West Fork Wallowa River valley. It is ranked as 10th highest peak in Oregon and the 4th highest in the Wallowas. The mountain is composed of dark Martin Bridge limestone and bright white marble as well as Hurwal shale.

Petes Point can be easily ascended along its northern horn from Tenderfoot Pass. You can make a nontechnical loop on the ridge heading north to Polaris Peak, dropping to Polaris Pass for a return along the Polaris Trail to Tenderfoot Pass. Look for mountain goats anywhere along its slopes.

The high valleys of the Wallowas, before government protections and restrictions, were heavily overgrazed by herds of domestic sheep. According to McArthur and McArthur's Oregon Geographic Names, Petes Point was named after Peter Beaudoin, a late nineteenth century Wallowa County sheep rancher originally from France.

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