2 Wild ‘N Sassy Volcanoes to Visit: Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams
The other morning near my office, I caught this lovely view of one of the inactive volcanoes in Washington and Oregon.
I posted the pic on my social media page with the caption, “Good morning, Mt. Something!” I sheepishly wondered which volcano it was. It’s a shame that I don’t already know this answer. One would think that after living in the Yakima Valley for over 20 years, I would know by now which volcano is which!
One of my friends immediately sent me a private message telling me that I had captured a photo of Mt. Adams. If you live in Central Washington or Oregon, on a clear day you can see not one but at least two gorgeous views of inactive volcanoes. Most of them are within a short-ish driving distance.
HOW MANY INACTIVE VOLCANOES ARE IN WASHINGTON AND OREGON?
Washington's five inactive volcanoes are Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Glacier Peak, and Mount Baker. Oregon has over 55 inactive (dormant) volcanoes. Today, I'll just focus on two of my favorite inactive volcanoes: Mt. Hood in Oregon and Mt. Adams in Washington.
Mt. Hood is about a 2 hour drive from Portland, OR, and close to a 3 hour drive from Central Washington. It is the highest mountain in Oregon and has not erupted since 1907. Sometimes, you can see steam coming from the top of it. Some experts say it’s due for an eruption any day between now and the next 75 years. *gulps*
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