Rising 230 m (754 ft) above the rest of the US State of Oregon is Mount Hood, residing in the north, near the border with Washington.
3,429 m (11,249 ft) tall, Mount Hood is a stratovolcano, and belongs to the Cascade Range. This long arc of volcanos stretches from California in the south to Washington in the north.
Located some 36 km (22.5 miles) south of the Columbia river, Mount Hood has strong ties both geographically and mythologically with three mountains (also stratovolcanoes) on the opposite side: Mount Rainier (4,392 m/ 14,411 ft), Mount Adams (3,742m/ 12,276 ft) and Mount St Helens (2,549 m/ 8,363 ft). More can be learned about this in any of the mountains’ full articles.
Mount Hood is a popular designation for hikers and climbers, with day-long summit hikes and challenging climbing routes that are most popular between May and July. In winter, the southern slopes transform into a popular ski location.
Oregon has six distinct ranges, though the top five peaks in the state are in the Cascade Range. These other ranges, and their highest peaks are:
• Wallowa Mountains:
Sacajawea Peak – 2,999 m (9,838 ft, 6th highest in Oregon)
• Basin and Range (SE Oregon):
Steens Mountain – 2,967 m (9,733 ft, 8th)
• Elkhorn and Greenhorn Mountains:
Rock Creek Butte – 2,776 m (9,106 ft, 26th)
• Strawberry Mountains:
Strawberry Mountain – 2,755 m (9,038 ft, 30th)
• High Lava Plains:
Paulina Peak – 2,434 m(7,984 ft, 91st)
Five highest peaks in Oregon (all found in the Cascade Range):
• Mount Hood – 3,429 m (11,249 ft)
• Mount Jefferson – 3,199 m (10,497 ft)
• South Sister – 3,157 m (10,358 ft)
• North Sister – 3,074 m (10,085 ft)
• Middle Sister – 3,062 m (10,047 ft)
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