Vanilla Mountain, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Photograph by Jeffery Phillips
A couple of friends and I snowshoed up Boyscout Ridge on Mt. Hood and were treated to a wonderful cloud show.
Oregon’s highest point at 11,249 feet, Mount Hood is a stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. About 50 miles east-southeast of Portland, Mount Hood is considered the most likely volcano in Oregon to erupt, although the odds of an eruption within the next 30 years are quite low. The last major eruption occurred from 1781-1782, with minor activity occurring in 1804, 1853, 1854, 1859, 1865, and 1907. Since then, the mountain has been dormant.