As with previous reviews, I suggest a stop at the Mazama store on the way up. They make fresh sandwiches that make for nice picnic fodder at the top. The road is decent most of the way and the two times I have gone up have seen sedans at the top. There is indeed a 1/2 mile section of the road that is narrow and cut from a sheer cliff that will put even a seasoned driver on edge....no pun intended. Watch closely over the bank to the left shortly after leaving the narrow section, you will see a cut up dirt covered area just below the road,....the mountain goats hang out here. I have seen them both times I have gone up and they are hams for the camera, also watch the alpine bowls/fields as you continue up the high valley (to the left), we saw a beautiful big bear on our first trip. Once you reach the forest service cabin you take a right to continue up towards the tower, this is the last leg of the drive to the top. You go thru several switchbacks to end at a gate. The road bed continues to the tower, which can be seen from the gate but you must walk the last 1/4 mile and although it's a road bed it's steady up hill and we had to stop a few times to catch our breath....remember, the air is a bit thin this high up. The top of the mountian was blown (dynamite) off by the military to make a platform for a radar station listening for migs and bombers during WWII, etc. In it's place now stands a fire watch tower which is the same height as the mountain used to be. The tower stairs are blocked off and it is posted as not safe but you can get up them with minimal effort if your gut will take it. It goes without saying that the views are amazing and it's an experience you won't soon forget.......Go late summer.....we went in early July the first time and got stopped by a snow drift just after the cabin and never saw the tower. On our second trip (7/31/13) all was clear. Oh and the horse flies like to bite as there isn't much food that high up...I'm still nursing a big bump on my head so be ready. My Gazetter says this is the highest drive in the state....Enjoy!
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