Travel Oregon: Sightseeing on the Santiam
Pass, Mt Washington in the Willamette National Forest

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Travel Oregon and ... enjoy the Mt
Washington Wilderness in the Willamette National Forest.

Mt Washington impresses, no matter the viewpoint, but the best viewpoints to be had when traveling by car are the one from which I took this photo on the Santiam Pass and the magnificent views available on the Santiam Pass - McKenzie Pass Oregon Scenic Byway, hwy 242. The mountain rises above 75 square miles of lava strewn plains. It's been called a geologic wonderland. The peak we see today rose a shield volcano, and the angularity of the mountain is what's left after glaciation: the volcanic plug.

Mt Washington wilderness area is rugged terrain, used primarily by hunters, mountain climbers and hikers. It is accessible only on foot. Compared to the nearby Mt Jefferson wilderness and 3 Sisters Wilderness, use is low. The primary trail is the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, extending 16.6 miles into the wilderness. It enters the wilderness in the north at Big Lake West Campground and leaves it near Dee Wright Observatory on the Santiam Pass - McKenzie Pass Oregon Scenic Byway.

Travel Oregon, but protect our National Forests and Wilderness Areas.
Leave NO Trace when hiking, camping, sightseeing or otherwise enjoying nature.
Check with the US Forest Service on fire danger, roads and other conditions
in our national forests before setting out on your journey.

Hiking Trails accessible on the Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway if you care to check them out. The South Santiam Travel Corridor in the Willamette National Forest of Oregon: USFS: The Willamette National Forest.

Travel directions to the Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway from I - 5, as well as, information about hiking on the Old Wagon Road in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.

mt washington in springtime snow viewed from the santiam pass otherwise known as the over the river and through the woods scenic byway. travel oregon, hiking in old growth forests, in fields of wildflowers, photographing, sightseeing on the scenic byways of oregon, in our national forests: the willamette national forest. travel the cascade mountains of oregon. travel alongside wild and scenic rivers in oregon.

Mountain Rock Formations in the Mt Washington Wilderness
in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon:

Forward ~ Mt Washington and two of the Three Sisters.

Back ~ Marion Creek discovered on a turnoff from the
Santiam Pass in the Cascades.

USFS: The Willamette National Forest in Oregon.

Travel Oregon and enjoy spectacular sightseeing, as well as, Campgrounds and Hiking Trails in the Willamette National Forest: on the Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway: Directions to and Descriptions of hiking Trails in Oregon on the south Santiam River and Campgrounds in Oregon on the south Santiam River.

Travel Oregon and northern California while staying at Gathering Light ... a retreat
near Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon.

wildflowers in the klamath basin near gathering light ... a retreat in southern oregon near crater lake national park: cabins, treehouses in the forest on the river. travel to gathering light ... a retreat in southern oregon on scenic byways, along wild and scenic rivers, through our national forests and in the cascade mountains of oregon.

Travel on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway to Gathering Light .... a retreat: Travel Directions, Map & Scenery & the Willamette Pass, Hwy 58: Travel Directions, Map & Scenery. Over the River & through the Woods Scenic Byway.

Travel Directions to Day Trips of about 100 miles from the retreat.

Travel Oregon sightseeing; find Scenic Places near Crater Lake & the retreat. Explore & photograph untrammeled nature: hiking with or without trails, wildlife viewing, wetlands, wildlife refuges, river gorges, mountains, wilderness areas & more: Travel Directions Map & Scenery.

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