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The volcanic mountains and forested highlands that form the spine of Oregon.
Timothy Lake

Timothy Lake

January 01, 2017

Timothy Lake is a large mountain lake just south of Mt. Hood. The lake is a fairly popular getaway destination. The Pacific Crest Trail is routed along the eastern shore.

Big Lake

Big Lake

January 01, 2017

It might not be the most imaginative name, but Big Lake is a nice mountain lake in the Oregon Cascades. There is plenty to see and do in the area.

Mt. McLoughlin

Mt. McLoughlin

January 01, 2017

Mt. McLoughlin, at 9,495ft, is the southernmost major volcano in the Oregon Cascades.

Waldo Lake

Waldo Lake

October 03, 2015

Waldo Lake is considered one of the clearest lakes in the world. On a calm sunny day, you can see up to 120ft down. Waldo is also a large lake - 9.8 square miles with a maximum depth of 427ft. It's location near the Cascade Crest means that it doesn't get a lot of inflow from surface streams, so the water is...

Proxy Falls

Proxy Falls

January 07, 2016

Proxy Falls is a giant cascading waterfall in the Oregon Cascades, a bit north of North Sister. The falls are a popular destination as it's an easy 1 mile hike to the viewpoint.

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

October 01, 2014

Mount Hood is about 50 linear miles east of Portland, OR. There are a number of trailheads around the mountain. The most popular access point, Timberline Lodge, is on the south side of the mountain, north from Hwy 26 & the small town of Government Camp.
You don't need any special parking permit to...

Fivemile Butte

Fivemile Butte

February 05, 2012

Fivemile Butte is located a dozen miles or so to the east of Mt. Hood. There is a rentable fire lookout on top of this otherwise unassuming mountain, which makes it a great destination any time of year.

Tamanawas Falls

Tamanawas Falls

February 25, 2010

Tamanawas Falls is located along Cold Spring Creek, east of Mt. Hood. The nearest trailhead is along Hwy 35, at a roadside pullout just north of Sherwood campground. There are a number of trails connecting to the Cold Spring Creek Trail. One can hike to Elk Meadows, the Timberline Trail, and if you are...

Cascade Lakes

Cascade Lakes

November 01, 2009

The Cascade Lakes region is located in the central Oregon Cascade Mountains. Dozens of large, and hundreds of small lakes dot the landscape. Giant volcanoes line the horizon as well. The easiest access to this area is generally from the Bend, OR area. Expect roads to be covered in snow from late November...

Dee Wright Observatory

Dee Wright Observatory

November 20, 2011

The Dee Wright Observatory is a curious structure at the summit of MacKenzie Pass. It has an unobstructed view of the surrounding mountainous volcanic Oregon Cascade landscape. 

Tam McArthur Rim

Tam McArthur Rim

August 23, 2010

Tam McArthur Rim is a popular hiking destination south of Sisters, OR. This high volcanic plateau offers great views of the three Sisters, and especially Broken Top.

Metolius River

Metolius River

August 23, 2010

The Metolius River winds through the forest on the eastern slopes of the Oregon Cascades, near the town of Sisters.

Salmon-Huckleberry

Salmon-Huckleberry

April 29, 2010

The Salmon-Huckleberry wilderness is an area south of Mt. Hood, near the Salmon River. There are a number of trails and trailheads in the area. Most of the trails inter-connect, making a nice trail system.

Salmon Butte is a small mountain poking out of the heart of the Salmon-Huckleberry...

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

February 23, 2010

Crater Lake is in the Southern Oregon cascade mountains. The lake is the inner crater of an ancient volcano (called Mt. Mazama) that erupted nearly 8000 years ago.

Crater Lake is in a National Park, so the regular national park administration guidelines apply. In the winter, the road to the "rim...

Rogue-Umpqua Divide

Rogue-Umpqua Divide

February 23, 2010

The Rogue-Umpqua Divide is my name for the area just to the west and north of Crater Lake National Park. The headwaters of these two great Oregon rivers - the Rogue River and Umpqua River - are in this area.

This area can be visited throughout the year, but be prepared for snow in the winter,...

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls

November 06, 2009

Tumalo Creek flows from the Central Oregon Cascades east toward Bend, OR. Tumalo Falls is very near the trailhead, and can be viewed and enjoyed by non-hikers too.
If you keep going up Tumalo Creek, you'll pass a series of waterfalls, and can even make a loop hike.

Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain

February 23, 2010

Iron Mountain is located in the Oregon Cascade Mountains, about 15 miles west of Santiam Pass. It's about a 2.5 hour drive from the Portland metro area.
These fields can be loved to death in the peak of the flower season - which is usually July. Please remember that it takes only one footstep on what...

South Sister

South Sister

February 23, 2010

South Sister is located in the central Oregon cascades, just west of the town of Bend, OR. This is a very popular climb, with a trail to the top. But, it's no cakewalk. Be prepared for conditions!

Mt. Jefferson

Mt. Jefferson

November 07, 2009

Mount Jefferson is in the Oregon Cascades, about 70 miles east of Salem, OR, or about 50 miles south of Mt. Hood. There are a number of hiking trails in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area. The main access point to the area is from forest roads along Hwy 22. You'll need a NW forest pass to park at trailheads,...

Little Crater Lake

Little Crater Lake

February 23, 2010

Little Crater Lake is located in the Mt. Hood National Forest, just to the northeast of the larger and more well-known Timothy Lake.
The trail from the adjacent campground is very short - only a couple hundred yards. If the road isn't under snow, be sure to stop by. 

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