Sightseeing on the Santiam Pass,
Travel Oregon in the Cascade Mountains

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See Mt Washington, mountain pinnacle, glacier scoured in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.

At the advent of the glacier age, Mt Washington was no longer an active volcano. What we see here is the sculpted remains of the volcanic plug. Mt Jefferson and Mt Hood, both to the north, continued erupting throughout the ice age and that accounts for much of the difference between the two stratovolcanoes to the north and Mt Washington as we see them today. Mt Washington and Mt Jefferson can be viewed together on Hwy 242, the McKenzie Pass - Santiam Pass Oregon Scenic Byway, a perspective that should not be missed. Depending on visibility, Mt Hood, 70 miles to the north, can sometimes be viewed as well. By no means are these the only mountains to be seen from the McKenzie Pass - Santiam Pass Oregon Scenic Byway. You might want to give this route some serious thought and include it in your list of "places to see".

The photo above was taken on Hwy 22 - 20, for at this point, Hwy 20, otherwise known as the Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway, has intersected with Hwy 22, the Santiam Pass through the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. A few years ago the area just east of here was impacted by the B and B complex fire. Lightning caused, the fire was originally several that, continuing to burn, combined to make one quite comprehensive conflagration. The area is dotted with interpretive kiosks that explain how the fire stated, how it grew and the recovery. Fire shorn, this aspect of nature is impressive not simply in its destructive power, but in the promise of renewal as well. Enjoy every aspect as you travel Oregon: sightseeing, camping, expansive vistas, great hiking trails in our national forests and/or our wilderness areas; forests fire burned. Swim in the crisp, vibrant waters of mountain lakes while camping alongside.

Travel Oregon, but protect our National Forests and Wilderness Areas. Leave NO Trace
when hiking, camping 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.

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.

Other 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.

 
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Forward ~ Mt Jefferson photographed near the summit of the McKenzie Pass - Santiam Pass Oregon Scenic Byway.

Back ~ Mt Washington with two of the Three Sisters.

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.


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Travel Oregon to Gathering Light .... a retreat on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway: Travel Directions, Map and Scenery and the Willamette Pass, Hwy 58: Travel Directions, Map and Scenery.

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

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

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