Exploring the Earth and Sky of the West

Mt. Hood, Oregon

The tallest peak in Oregon at over 11,000 feet, Mt. Hood sits in a chain of active stratovolcanoes stretching from California to British Columbia. Just a few dozen miles south of the Columbia River Gorge and the Washington border, Mt. Hood is one of the more accessible high peaks in the Cascade Range (though the climb to the summit is somewhat technical) given its close proximity to Portland. Like the other volcanoes of the Cascades, Mt. Hood and the surrounding national forest offer many opportunities for photography, especially if you can get away from the summer crowds!

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