by Joe Dorish on 14/12/09 at 5:02 pm
The tallest mountain in Oregon is the 4th tallest mountain in the Cascade Mountain Range of the Pacific Northwest.
At 11,239 feet and 3,426 meters Mount Hood in the Cascade Mountain Range in the northern part of the state is the highest mountain in Oregon.
In addition to being the highest mountain in Oregon Mount Hood is also the 4th highest peak in the Cascade Mountains which stretch from southern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon and on into Northern California. Mount Rainier is the tallest peak in the Cascades and the highest mountain in the state of Washington.
(Mount Hood from space)
Mount Hood like Mount Rainier is a stratovolcano which grew higher and higher with each successive volcanic eruption. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Mount Hood last erupted in the 1790’s shortly before Lewis and Clark’s Expedition into the Pacific Northwest. The mountain is sure to erupt again at some future point and the USGS and other scientists are continually watching Mount Hood for signs and trying to gauge the impact of another eruption. Visitors to the mountain can often smell a rotten egg like odor escaping from steam vents or fumaroles on the mountain. It is believed that magma lies just a few miles below Mount Hood’s summit today.
Mount Hood is very popular with climbers and hikers and unfortunately well over 100 people have lost their lives on the mountain from climbing accidents, avalanches, falls and hypothermia. Dozens of people every year need to be rescued off Mount Hood as they attempt the summit.
Image Source (Rescue teams preparing to deploy for their often grim task)
Mount Hood was named for British Admiral Samuel Hood by Lieutenant William Broughton who was a member of Captain George Vancouver’s expedition team and Broughton named the mountain after he saw it while exploring up the Columbia River.
Image Source (Columbia River in foreground)
Mount Hood is the highest mountain in Oregon and a beautiful sight to behold.
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