Drake Peak

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Drake Peak is located in Lake County in south-central Oregon. It stands at 8,407 feet. It is just southwest of the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Drake Peak is accessed by the road that ends at the summit of Light Peak. The first 8 miles of road is paved. The subsequent dirt road, which is a pretty good road for the region, goes all the way to the Light Peak summit.

To get to Drake Peak find Lakeview on a road map of Oregon. It’s at the south end of the state near the center for those of you unfamiliar with Oregon. Just north of Lakeview Highway 140 heads east. Follow Hwy 140 east for 10 miles, then turn left (north). The sign says ‘Mud Creek Campground’. Follow the road all the way to Mud Creek Campground which is adjacent to Bull Prairie. The distance is approximately 8 miles; all paved. Take a right on USFS road #019 one-half mile past Mud Creek Campground. The sign says ‘Drake Peak 6’. This is a dirt road. The road forks after six miles. Turn right and drive until you run out of road after about 300 yards. You’re now at the top of Light Peak and can see Drake Peak directly to the east.

If you turn left at the fork the dirt road near the top it will take you to the ‘Drake Peak’ lookout.

A ridge connects Drake Peak to Light Peak. There is a 4WD track which descends the ridge from the Light Peak summit to the saddle between the two peaks. This track goes right over rock piles and is steep enough to require true 4WD to ascend, so I recommend walking if you don’t have complete confidence in the capabilities of your vehicle.

Elevation (feet): 8,407
Elevation (meters): 2,562
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Great Basin Ranges
State: Oregon
Latitude: 42.300111
Longitude: -120.123686
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Reno
Convenient Center: Lakeview, OR

Thanks to Kelly Canaday for adding this peak.

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