These enormous, extinct volcanoes, which make up the majority of these towering, ancient peaks, have long tested the fortitude of mankind. Climbers will be treated to expansive vistas of the beautiful Oregon Mountains such as the Wallowa Mountains from Eagle Cap, as well as the mountain’s frequently captured reflection in Lake Basin. On clear days, hikers can view as far as the Pacific Ocean to the west, across the California border to the south, and to Mount McLaughlin to the east from the summit of Pearsoll Peak, where they can spend the night. These 10 Oregon mountains are the pinnacle of nature’s fascination, whether the objective is scaling one of Oregon’s 36 county highpoints, taking on one of the 73 Oregon Prominence Peaks, or simply enjoying the tranquillity of expansive panoramas.
1. Sister South
The Oregon mountains have the tallest of the Three Sisters, South Sisters is also home to the state’s biggest glacier, Prouty Glacier, and the highest alpine lake, Teardrop Pool. The 12.4-mile roundtrip hike to the summit’s elevation of 5,000 feet. Beginners will prefer to start at either Green Lake or Devils Lake and ascend the South Ridge route. The Devils Lake Campground offers camping. The north and east sides offer more difficult routes. Moving towards the southern Oregon Mountains, The South Ridge path has a lot of scree, as seen in summer climbs. On South Sisters, there are eight glaciers and snow fields. Winter climbers are advised to exercise extreme caution and bring an avalanche beacon, an ice axe, crampons, and a shovel.
2. Rock Fort
Fort Rock, also considered one of the best Oregon Mountains, is the remains of a Pleistocene volcano that was once encircled by Fort Rock Lake. Native Indians from the Paiute tribe once used a shallow basin close to the peak as a place to rest. The climb to this particular location is simple due to the low elevation. Since Fort Rock is covered in nesting holes, springtime is not a good time to attempt the summit. West of the parking area is where hikers can pick up the trail and go north to the top. The average hike is two miles long. Fort Rock Cave, where guests can take guided tours of this National Heritage Site, is another attraction in Fort Rock. It is neither recommended nor forbidden to climb.
3. Eagle cap
One of the more well-known climbing locations in the state is Eagle Cap in north-eastern Oregon. It is the Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness Area’s jewel. In addition to offering the best panoramic views of the Wallowa Mountains, the summit also offers a view of the peak and its reflection in Lake Basin, one of the state’s most popular photo locations. Although the distance from the trailhead to the summit is only around 4,000 feet, the roundtrip distance is still about 20 miles. While some hikers complete the challenge in a single day, the majority decide to camp out, which gives them time to really savor the experience. Eagle Cap may be reed at its highest point from July through October.
4. Mountain Crane
There are 80 peaks in Oregon higher than 8,000 feet, including Crane Mountain. Also, it ranks #39 out of the 73 Prominence Oregon Mountains. It offers breathtaking vistas of Goose Lake as well as distant views of Mount McLoughlin and Mount Shasta on clear days. Only four-wheel-drive cars with high clearance are able to travel the entirety of the difficult route leading to the Crane Mountain trailhead, and even then, they might not make it all the way. Just before Crane Mountain Lookout, it starts. The distance from the trailhead to the trail’s highest point, which is not the mountain’s top, is four miles round trip.
5. Jefferson Mountain
The location of Mount Jefferson’s high point makes it difficult to climb to the top. Instead of being on the summit, it is on a hazardous “liner,” a rocky ridge near the peak’s flank. The hardest part of this one will be for those who are determined to climb all 36 of the Oregon Mountains. Those that choose not to climb the liner can simply take in the beauty of Jefferson Park’s terrain, which features lush vegetation, alpine lakes, and snow-covered peaks. The approximately 5-mile, 1,800-foot ascent that leads from the trailhead to Jefferson Park can be completed in a single day. About 9,500 feet, the summit pinnacle is located.
6. Humbug Mountain
On Oregon’s Pacific Coast, Humbug Mountain is the highest mountain. One of the most well-liked coastal mountain climbs is this one. It has a maritime climate with moderate temperatures because of its position. It rarely rains throughout the summer and it never gets too hot. Even at the highest elevations, winter brings colder temperatures. The best path is the Brush Creek drainage on the mountain’s north side because the old-growth forest covering the mountain makes cross-country hiking challenging. The parking lot’s trailhead is clearly marked. On the ocean side of the mountain, ascending there is hazardous due to slick, steep slopes.
7. The Bullrun Rock Memorial
The Monument Rock Wilderness is topped by three glacially sculpted summits: Table Rock, Monument Rock, and Bullrun Rock Monument. Although they are all at similar altitudes, Bullrun Rock, at just under 7,900 feet, is the highest mountain and provides the greatest views. Much of the region is an alpine meadow with subalpine and Douglas fir trees strewn around, as well as a few rock piles ideal for bouldering and rock climbing. Due to their solitude, these mountains are seldom reached, giving visitors a sense of quiet and calm. A path that starts at Bullrun Creek leads climbers to Bullrun. The hike is around two miles long.
8. Odell Butte Mountain
South Bend, Oregon is home to the conical mountain known as Odell Butte. Many people who pass by would assume it is uninteresting in comparison to other mountains, but nothing could be further from the truth. One of the few summits that still has an operational lookout is this highly forested mountain, which stands boldly at 2,192 feet. Visitors to the flattop live-in cottage can enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the surroundings from a 30-foot treated wood tower. It’s a pretty simple climb or trek with options for scrambling and a milestone at the summit. At any time of year, visitors can trek up the mountain, although a winter snowshoe hike is strongly advised.
9. Mountain Pedro
Off-the-beaten-track Pedro Mountain is on private property, and access to the peak requires permission from the landowner. With a benchmark perched atop its peak and a prominence of 2,055 feet, it is ranked #69 among Oregon Prominence Peaks. It is an 8-mile hike with a 1,500-foot elevation climb. There are some cross-country places, but for the most part, hikers must stick to the ranch roads. Hikers will pass by various ancient mines as they ascend the mountain, which gives the journey some character and history.
10. Peak Wizard Island
One of the most popular sights to photograph in the park can be seen on Wizard Island, which is part of Crater Lake National Park. Hikers who take on the task will appreciate the mountain’s remoteness, quietness, and tranquil ambiance. With a track elevation rise of 765 feet and a peak that is just under 7,000 feet high, the hike takes about one hour. A boat tour ticket is needed in order to access the main path, Cleetwood Cove. A tour guide will describe the region’s geological features as you travel to the island. After arriving on the island, guests get three hours to explore the region and can partake in a variety of activities like climbing and fishing.