This stratovolcano is located in the Cascade Volcanic
Arc and called the tallest mountain in the state or Mount Hood.
Originally called Wy'east by the Multnomah Indians, and is in the
Pacific northwest 50 miles southeast of Portland. Rising over
11,000 feet into the skies, this volcanic mountain is the location
of 12 glaciers and the most probable to erupt of all the volcanoes
in the Arc; although very unlikely. The Timberline Lodge sits on
the south side of the mountain and is itself a National Historic
Landmark and was the setting for the film the Shining with Jack
Nicholson. It was built during the 1930s by the WPA and is found
just below the Palmer Glacier and one of the main ski areas on the
mountain. The other five are; Summit, Ski Bowl, Snow Bunny, Cooper
Spur and Mount Hood Meadows. The mountain is part of the Mount Hood
National Forest that encompasses over a million acres. The 12 named
glaciers or snow fields are Palmer, Coalman, White River, Ladd,
Zigzag, Eliot, Newton Clark, Reid, Langille, Sandy, Coe and Glisan,
with Palmer being the most favorite since it is near the Timberline
Lodge, where the favorite climbing route exists. Eliot Glacier is
the biggest by volume and the thickest at 361 feet, with the biggest
surface area belonging to Coe-Ladd reaching over 23 million square
feet. About 10,000 people climb the mountain each year and is the
most climbed mountain after Mount Fuji that climb over 10,000 feet.
Fort Stevens State Park
The state's biggest and perhaps best campground is
the Fort Steven State Park in Astoria, Oregon; with miles of
beautiful sandy beaches and trails that will spellbound you. The
Peter Iredale is a shipwreck that happened sometime near the
beginning of the 20th century and can be viewed best at low tide.
Coffenbury Lake, horseback riding, canoeing, camping, biking,
swimming and biking are just a few of the many wonderful athletic
venues that can be tried here. The fort was built to defend the
coastline from invaders of the ocean and was used from the end of
the Civil War until the end of the second World War. It is a 3700
acre recreation, historical and natural park that has spectacular
views from all over its marvelous area. Beachcombing is a favorite
here, as well as swimming in the many fresh water lakes and streams,
trails for hiking, running, jogging, or walking, a lot of wildlife
watching or picture taking, with spruce and hemlock forests spread
through the wetlands, dunes and shoreline with some pines.
Coffenbury lake is great for swimming, as well as paddle boats,
canoes, kayaks and a boat ramp is ready for your personal boats.
Fishing is great here as it is in the other two lakes, with many
canoes, bikes and paddle boats for rent. In the summer months,
blacksmiths come here to work, a tour of the 90 year old underground
battery, and a truck tour of the fortifications that were erected to
protect the land during the Spanish-American War and the second
World War. There are nature and historic programs offered,
windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing available with a huge range of
venues available for the visitor and local residents.