Northern Oregon Cascades
This region of Oregon's snow-capped Cascade range is dominated by Oregon's highest peak, 11,245 ft. Mt. Hood, world-famous Timberline Lodge, and Multnomah Falls. The region also includes Oregon's second tallest mountain, 10,496 ft. Mt. Jefferson, which lies 50 miles to the south.

Climbing Mt Hood's popular south side route with Mazama friends. This image is titled "Hood-Hogsback," and can be ordered, see below.
Mt. Hood is a nearly extinct volcano, part of the Cascade volcanic chainMt. Hood's Hogsback is a familar sight to south side climbers it is right above the volcanic hot rocks area and the year-round fumaroles at about 10,500 feetthe Mt. Hood south side climbing route is above the top of the Palmer Icefield chairlift, open year-around

On the Hogsback at about 10,500 ft... This is the spot where the 2002 climbing deaths and helicopter crash occurred. Click for image of helicopter at Rose City Airshow 2002.... Mt. Hood is a dormant volcano, but it can still take lives on occasion through means other than climbing accidents and storm-- read how, click here.

Mt. Hood, the North face

DreamscapeEliot Glacier headwall on Mt. Hood's north face is an awesome sight as it rises to the right of Cooper Spur .Eliot Glacier....................

Dreamscape: This starry image began with an image of Mt. Hood's relatively unknown northeast face and the fearsome Eliot Glacier headwall. I spent an inspired night, solo at 6,800 feet on the windy margin of a glacier.The stars wheeled overhead in crystal perfection while the glaciers glowed softly in response. Below me was historic Cloud Cap Inn (click link and turn on your speakers for a slide show!).

Timberline Lodge, Pacific Crest Trail Link, and turn on your speakers and listen to "Dazed and Confused!"

Government Camp

Timberline Shapes- Twisted ancient trees

Order a large Iris Glicee print, "Mt. Hood, Sandy Headwall"

Child enjoying wintertime Mt. Hood above Timberline Lodge. Click for more images of this side of Mt. Hood in winter.

Mt. Jefferson is an imposing glacier and rock climb. Climbers seeking to test themselves on its routes must first realize that the approach marches to its flanks are long and strenuous-- it's not a peak like Mt. Hood where you can drive to the timberline on two different sides of the mountain and start climbing! From Oregon's major highways, "Jeff" is best seen from east of the Cascade Mountains, easily seen from Hwy 97 near Madras and Lake Billy Chinook. However, my personal favorite side of the mountain is that seen from Highway 26, a few miles out of Sisters, headed east toward Redmond. I'm proud of the picture I present at the left because I took it with a cell phone held up to the eyepiece of my ten-power binoculars! I call this image "My Favorite Side of Jeff." This picture again recognizes the reality that the main ingredient in the creation of thrilling pictures is IMAGINATION. (the three smaller Mt. Jeff images are described further below)

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Image 4b (above left).... A secret tarn high above Jefferson Park shows the splendor of Mt. Jefferson's north side--- this small lake is a gem, but free of ice only during warmer/drier years, so many never glimpse its rare beauty. This unnamed tarn lies 65 trail miles south from Timberline Lodge along the Pacific Crest Trail... My image 4b was published as an Oregon postcard several years ago, and you may have seen it on the postcard racks somewhere in Oregon.

Image 5b. "A Walk on the Edge." Climber on the Whitewater Glacier of Mt. Jefferson, with Mt. Hood standing on the north horizon. Click here or on image 5b for a much closer look!

Image 6b. Mt. Jefferson's west side in June. This is a fine mountain view seldom glimpsed by most Willamette Valley residents, due to the many obstructing lower ranges. The view takes the eye up the canyon of the Mollala River, which is near Table Mountain (4,881 ft) in the BLM's little-used Table Mountain Wilderness Area.

Click here to view climbers on the terrifying summit pinnacle of Mt. Jefferson

Click for Panoramas from Table Rock Wilderness and Rooster Rock-Magnificent, and prime mountain lion habitat!


Click here if Oregon's mountain lions are your interest.


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