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Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint is a state park located atop Bald Peakmarker located in Yamhill County, Oregonmarker, in the United Statesmarker. The day use only park offers picnic tables and a hiking trail for views of the Willamette Valley and the Cascade Range. Oregonmarker acquired the in 1931 after Yamhill and Washington counties requested a park from the state.

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. The land was purchased from Samuel Otto on June 4 1931, with the park originally named Bald Peak State Park. During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps built picnic tables, restrooms, and a parking area at the site. In 1939, the location was considered by the parks department as a memorial to the pioneer women of Oregonmarker. State officials decided against this location due to the lack of water and its isolated location away from major roads. 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. However, Bald Peak and the other parks remained open after political pressure.

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Forested section of the park.
Bald Peak is on top of the Chehalem Mountains at an elevation of above sea level, the highest point in the mountain range. The closest community to the park is Laurelwood, Oregonmarker, with the park generally situated between the cities of Hillsboromarker to the north and Newbergmarker to the south near the county boundary line between Yamhill and Washingtonmarker counties. At the park are restrooms, picnic tables, parking, a trail, a forest with Douglas fir trees, but no drinking water. The park offers views of the following mountain peaks in clear weather: Mount Hoodmarker, Mount St. Helensmarker, Mount Jeffersonmarker, Mount Adamsmarker, and Mount Rainiermarker. The viewpoint also gives panoramas of the Tualatin Valleymarker to the north of the park and the Yamhill Valley to the south, with both valleys being parts of the larger Willamette Valley.

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