It was a trip we've made several times over the years, but not recently...at least, not during the dry season. This trip is the one across Mt. Emily, one of the three familiar named mountains above the Grande Ronde Valley. Mt. Emily is the second tallest at 6109 feet in elevation. So...we start at 2785 feet in town, drive north to south across the Mt. Emily range of the Blue Mountains and down the south side into La Grande, where the elevation is 2785 feet. In between is Indian Rock, probably the most appealing location of the trip, at 5650 feet.
This is the section of Fox Hill that makes me nervous. I-84 is at the base of that dry hill, and La Grande is to the east (left in the photo).