y Cascade Peaks: Mount Hood
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Mount Hood

Mount Hood from Rocky Butte in Portland

Mount Hood, Oregon's highest mountain at 11,245 feet, is about 40 miles east of Portland. It is a choice ski area, and offers year-around recreation.

Mount Hood underwent a fairly minor eruption in the 1800's. People in Portland could see steam and ash spouting from it, and at times the crest glowed red. Even today hikers and climbers encounter hot rock and the odor of sulphur sometimes.

Mount Hood is apparently much younger than nearby mountains such as Adams and Jefferson.

Mount Hood from the east

Mt. Hood from the east, just off the Mt. Hood Loop highway.

This view is from Lolo Pass Road, just west of Mount Hood, looking across the clearcuts.

Mount Hood from Lost Lake

Just north and slightly west of Mount Hood lies Lost Lake, which has been found.

Mount Hood wildflowers

The view, hiking, fishing, boating, wildflowers, and mosquitoes are magnificent.

I always thought Mount Hood's Indian name was "Wy' East," but I see in the book Where Rolls the Oregon that the Indian name was "Tumtum"; I prefer "Wy' East." A local high school is named "Wy' East"; however, a local lumber company is named "Tum-Lum"—who knows? Maybe some Indians called it "Wy' East" and some called it "Tumtum." The "Hood" came from British Vice Admiral Samuel Hood, who was on the British Admiralty Board when the Columbia sailed up the "Great River of the West," as it was called then; it has also been called "The Oregon." Its present name is "Columbia River."

Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mt. Hood.

Timberline Lodge, Oregon's favorite ski lodge, was built by the WPA during the 1930's and dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself.

Mount Hood from Timberline Mount Hood from the southeast Mount Hood from a little further southeast

Mount Hood from Timberline, from a little east of Timberline, and from around the corner on the Mount Hood Loop highway.

Mount Hood from Pittock Mansion in Portland

And finally, Mt. Hood from the Pittock Mansion in Portland's West Hills, overlooking the downtown area.

©D.L. Mark 1997

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