Everyone who is an eclipse-chaser is looking for that “sweet spot,” the perfect place to view the event. Mount Jefferson is about 33 miles west of Madras, and it has always been considered sacred ground by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and no one outside of the tribe has ever been allowed to summit the Warm Springs side of Mt. Jefferson. Until now.
A handful of people are camping on the side of the mountain at 8,500 feet on Sunday night, and they’ll wake up in the morning to what could be the most spectacular view of the eclipse in Oregon, or maybe anywhere in the country, thanks to Big Mountain Heli Tours – Bend, Oregon. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has the story.