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Van Patten Butte

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View to the Little Alps and the headwaters of Antone Creek from the summit of Van Patten Butte (bobcat)


Van Patten Butte, at 8,729 feet, is the highest point in the Little Alps, which form an extended ridge line at the north end of the Elkhorn Range. The summit itself is a jumble of large blocks of dark granodiorite stacked up like dominoes over a sheer dropoff on the west side. There are views to Anthony Lake and Black Lake; around Anthony Lake are the rest of the Little Alps - from the left: an unnamed peak, Angell Peak, Lees Peak, and The Lakes Lookout, with Gunsight Mountain in the foreground. From the summit, you can also see over to Dutch Flat Basin and right below are the meadows at the headwaters of Antone Creek.

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