Each volcano on this list is on the US Geological Service’s list of ten most likely to erupt volcanos. Working from North to roughly south, each of these is less then a days drive from Portland.
First up is Mt. Rainier, presiding over Seattle and Tacoma.
Next is Mt. St. Helens, famous as it’s recently erupted. (As far as Volcanos go anyways.)
Mt. Adams which is up the Columbia Gorge a ways and viewable from Hood River.
And then Mt. Hood. Viewable from Portland, Vancouver, Gresham, Sandy, Hood River.
The Three Sisters, near Bend and Sunriver. I think the northern one is the most volcanic, but not sure. There is also the nearby Newberry Caldera just south of Bend which is highly volcanic.
And just in case you needed some evidence of the volcanic activity here, check out this Seismograph Map of recent earthquakes.
This is a picture of Mt. Rainier from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma Washington using my telephoto and extension tube. It’s roughly 40 miles away at this point.
Mt. Rainier is a gorgeous mountain, like many Pacific Northwest icons it’s a dormant volcano. Few other mountains in the region are as obvious about it though.
Wizard Island – Crater Lake
Wizard Island isn’t technically an island. It’s actually the cone left from the eruption of Mt. Mazama, the remains of which now hold Crater Lake. This was taken in early August 2007 and there was still snow in places as you can see. Crater Lake is the only National Park within Oregon’s borders and was created in 1902. It averages 600 inches of snow per a year, and is already ahead of the record this year.
We arrived fairly late in the afternoon at the park so didn’t have a chance to do the drive around the rim for other awesome pictures. But I did have the chance to stay in the campground which was an unexpected surprise. Crater Lake is about 60 miles out of the way when traveling through Central Oregon, but it’s well worth the visit every time. I’m going to attempt it again this year.
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