Scenic USA - Oregon

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Points of Interest

Cascadia State Park

Soda Creek Falls

McKenzie Pass- Santiam Pass Scenic Byway

Tumalo Creek

Bend First Street Rapids

Jefferson Park

The Cove Palisades

Wild and Scenic Metolius River

 

 

 

 


Mount Washington

Mount Washington From Big Lake - Cascadia, Oregon


Photo by Denny Barnes
Denny Barnes Photography

     One of the prominent peaks in Oregon's Cascade Mountains, Mount Washington is a popular destination in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area. A simple climbing route, easy access and its striking rise from the lava fields below make this mountain a tempting weekend hiking and climbing destination. Even its poor rock quality hasn't deterred the mountain climbing community.
     Located in the Willamette and Deschutes National Forest, the Mount Washington Wilderness covers over 50,000 acres. Its primary forests are made up of jack pines, ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine and mountain hemlock. This highly eroded shield volcano, scraped bare by ancient glacial activity, rises above the forested foothills to 7794 feet. This Mount Washington view from Big Lake doesn't give much of a hint to the immense lava strewn plains surrounding the peak, but the area's lava fields cover 75 square miles. The last volcanic activity has been estimated to be about 1300 years old, but the actual Mount Washington peak was probably created about 200,000 years ago.
     The best Mount Washington distant viewpoints are from U.S. Route 20 (shown here from Big Lake) and Windy Point on Oregon Route 242. The wilderness area is restricted to foot traffic and some of the wilderness trailheads are found here at Big Lake.

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