Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mount Scott

Once a smaller satellite peak to the now-collapsed Mount Mazama, Mount Scott (8,929') is the highest peak in Crater Lake National Park.  Even with this year's early snowmelt, East Rim Drive is not yet open to cars, so I accessed from the east via US 97 and West Boundary Road.  Although this approach bears no established trail, there are few summit rewards quite like the one offered by climbing Mount Scott's east side.

Mount Scott from West Boundary Road

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Shasta 1, Me 0

Shasta wins the battle, but my consolation prize is a vertical mile of sweet corn skiing on Hotlum-Wintun Ridge


Put simply, Mount Shasta (14,179') is huge. Rising a staggering 10,000 feet from the valley floor below, it's the third most prominent mountain in the continental United States and the largest stratovolcano in the Cascades by volume.  Its smaller satellite peak, Shastina, is itself the third highest mountain in the Cascade range (though by looking at it you would never guess). Shasta offers seven named glaciers, including the Hotlum and Wintun glaciers, which framed our route: the Hotlum-Wintun Ridge.

Aerial view of Mount Shasta*

Sunday, June 9, 2013

McLoughlin

Mount McLoughlin (9,495') dominates the southern Oregon skyline.   Not only is it Oregon's highest peak south of the Three Sisters, but it cleanly rises nearly a vertical mile from the surrounding landscape. It's a mere 30 miles from Medford, and its steep lines taunt me every day on my morning commute. On Saturday I finally got around to skiing it.

McLoughlin in winter

Monday, June 3, 2013

Lassen Peak



On may 19, 1915, a steam explosion near the summit of California's Lassen Peak (10,457') released molten boulders of hot lava onto the volcano's snow-covered north face, sending an avalanche of rock and melted snow four miles to Emigrant Pass and flooding Hat Creek. Three days later, Lassen's summit violently exploded, creating a new crater, launching rock and pumice into the air, and sending a spectacular plume of ash 30,000 feet into the atmosphere.

The trail of destruction caused by the floods, now known as the "Devastated Area" of Lassen National Park, was my next stop on the spring volcano tour.