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Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint
Looking southeast from the park.
Type Public, state
Location Yamhill County, Oregon, United States
45°23′41″N 123°03′14″W / 45.39472°N 123.05389°W / 45.39472; -123.05389
Size 26 acres (110,000 m2)
Operated by Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department
Status day use only

Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint is a state park located atop Bald Peak located in Yamhill County, Oregon, in the United States. The day use only park offers picnic tables and a hiking trail for views of the Willamette Valley and the Cascade Range. Oregon acquired the 26 acres (110,000 m2) in 1931 after Yamhill and Washington counties requested a park from the state.

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History

Bald Peak was acquired by the state in 1931 after county officials in Washington and Yamhill counties lobbied the state parks commission for a state park for the two counties.[1] The land was purchased from Samuel Otto on June 4, 1931, with the park originally named Bald Peak State Park.[1] During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps built picnic tables, restrooms, and a parking area at the site.[1] In 1939, the location was considered by the parks department as a memorial to the pioneer women of Oregon.[2] State officials decided against this location due to the lack of water and its isolated location away from major roads.[1] In 1996, the park was one of over 50 parks that the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department proposed closing due to a state budget deficit that reduced funding for the department.[3] However, Bald Peak and the other parks remained open after political pressure.[4]

Details

Forested section of the park.

Bald Peak is on top of the Chehalem Mountains at an elevation of 1,629 feet (497 m) above sea level, the highest point in the mountain range.[5] The closest community to the 26-acre (110,000 m2) park is Laurelwood, Oregon, with the park generally situated between the cities of Hillsboro to the north and Newberg to the south near the county boundary line between Yamhill and Washington counties.[6] At the park are restrooms, picnic tables, parking, a trail, a forest with Douglas fir trees, but no drinking water.[5][2] The park offers views of the following mountain peaks in clear weather: Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, Mount Jefferson, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainier.[5] The viewpoint also gives panoramas of the Tualatin Valley to the north of the park and the Yamhill Valley to the south, with both valleys being parts of the larger Willamette Valley.[2]

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References

  1. ^ a b c d Armstrong, Chester H. 1965. Oregon state parks history, 1917-1963. [Salem, Or.]: Oregon State Highway Dept.
  2. ^ a b c Bannan, Jan Gumprecht. Oregon State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide. The Mountaineers Books, 2002.
  3. ^ Green, Ashbel. State may fold tent on some parks. The Oregonian, June 6, 1996.
  4. ^ Gold, Matea. Despite reprieve, parks aren't out of the woods yet. The Oregonian, August 10, 1996.
  5. ^ a b c Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint. Oregon State Parks. Retrieved on February 18, 2008.
  6. ^ Gardner, Fran. A little looping the loop. The Oregonian, August 22, 1991.
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