Oregon’s Highest Peaks

25 01 2013

I recently met with some friends and we were talking about what peak we planned on hiking this summer.  After doing South Sister the previous summer, we were ready to do another climb.  But, none of us knew what our next peak would be and more importantly we didn’t even know what the names of any of the peaks were.  So, thanks to google we were instantly turned onto this page by Glass Mountains website.  I thought it was informative and decided I would it share with you.

~Melinda K. Vega, River House Outdoor Program Office Coordinator

Straight from Glass Mountains website: Oregon’s Highest Peaks  Copyright © 2012 Paul J. McClellan

Oregon’s Highest Peaks (500′ Prominence)

Jeff Howbert published a list of “Oregon’s 100 Highest Peaks” in the May 1996 issue of Pack & Paddle magazine. Peaks on this list have at least 500 feet of “clean” prominence (rising at least 500 feet above any saddle connecting it to anything higher). Many of the peaks on this list are not named on USGS maps. Jeff Howbert chose the to name otherwise unnamed peaks after the name of their adjacent drainages, and placed those names in brackets (see below).

Since the publication of Jeff Howbert’s list, it has been recognized on Peakbagger.com that Peak 8428 in the Elkhorns qualifies for the list with at least 508 feet of clean prominence, and I have added it as number 63. This shifted Crook Peak to position 101.

Eleven additional peaks in the Wallowas can be included if the requirement of 500 feet of “clean” prominence is extended to “optimistic prominence”. I have added them provisionally below in gray. Revisions of topographically-generated (objective) peak lists are common when topographic maps are revised and reissued, and it is possible that one or more of these may qualify in a future map revision.

Most of Oregon’s Highest Peaks are in the Blue and Wallowa Mountains in the northeast corner of the state, rather than in the more familiar Cascade Range. For many years I focused on climbing the Cascade peaks, and have neglected Oregon’s rich variety of geology and ecosystems. I look forward to many years of exploring this varied state.

The Peaks

Oregon’s Highest Peaks – Cascade Range
Rank Peak Elevation USGS 7.5 min Quad
1 Mount Hood 11239 Mount Hood South
2 Mount Jefferson 10497 Mount Jefferson
3 South Sister 10358 South Sister
4 North Sister 10085 North Sister
5 Middle Sister 10047 North Sister
16 Mount McLoughlin 9495 Mount McLoughlin
22 Mount Thielsen 9182 Mount Thielsen
23 Broken Top 9175 Broken Top
29 Mount Bachelor 9065 Mount Bachelor Ski
35 Mount Scott 8928 Crater Lake East
45 Diamond Peak 8744 Diamond Peak
66 Howlock Mountain 8396 Mount Thielsen
68 Mount Bailey 8368 Diamond Lake
73 Aspen Butte 8208 Aspen Lake
75 Hollys Ridge 8178 Mount Thielsen
76 Hillman Peak 8151 Crater Lake West
77 Dutton Cliff 8147 Crater Lake East
80 Applegate Peak 8126 Crater Lake East
83 Ball Butte 8091 Broken Top  Ski
84 Llao Rock 8049 Crater Lake West
85 Pelican Butte 8036 Pelican Butte
92 Mount Harriman 7979 Aspen Lake
98 Mount Carmine 7882 Aspen Lake
100 Three Fingered Jack 7841 Three Fingered Jack
(104) Mount Washington 7794 Mount Washington
Oregon’s Highest Peaks – Wallowa Mountains
Rank Peak Elevation USGS 7.5 min Quad
6 Sacajawea Peak 9838 Eagle Cap
Matterhorn 9826 Eagle Cap
7 Hurwal Divide 9776 Chief Joseph Mountain B56
9 Aneroid Mountain 9702 Aneroid Mountain B59
10 Petes Point 9675 Aneroid Mountain B58
11 Twin Peaks 9673 Chief Joseph Mountain S57
12 Chief Joseph Mountain 9616 Chief Joseph Mountain B55
= Hurricane Divide North 9600+ Chief Joseph Mountain
13 Eagle Cap 9572 Eagle Cap 1
14 Red Mountain 9560+ Cornucopia B63,S73
15 Cusick Mountain 9518 Aneroid Mountain
17 [Wallowa-McCully]/Hidden Peak/Aneroid Mountain North 9440+ Aneroid Mountain B61
18 Sentinel Peak 9400+ Aneroid Mountain
= Petes-Sentinel Ridge/Polaris Point 9395 Aneroid Mountain
19 Hurricane Divide South 9386 Eagle Cap
21 Elkhorn Peak 9233 Steamboat Lake S61
= Craig Mountain 9204 Eagle Cap B57
24 Glacier Mountain 9169 Steamboat Lake S59
= Peak 9160/Bonneville Mountain 9160+ Aneroid Mountain B58
25 [McCully-Little Sheep]/Mount Melissa/East McCully Basin Peak 9128 Aneroid Mountain
27 [Dollar-N Imnaha]/Dollar Ridge/Dollar Lake Peak 9080+ Aneroid Mountain B59
27 Krag Peak 9080+ Krag Peak B63,S73
= Traverse Ridge 9085 Chief Joseph Mountain
31 Needle Point 9018 Eagle Cap S70
32 [Traverse-Trail]/Traverse Lake East Peak 8949 Bennet Peak S69
33 [Echo-Tombstone]/Echo Lake Northwest Peak 8934 Steamboat Lake S69
37 [Eagle-Lawson]/Eagle Lake East 8924 Eagle Cap S70
38 Marble Mountain 8921 Cornucopia
40 Ruby Peak 8884 Chief Joseph Mountain
42 [Blue-Minam]/Blue Lake Southwest 8839 Eagle Cap S59
43 [Last Chance-Long]/Long Lake South 8820 Steamboat Lake S61
44 Lookout Mountain 8800+ N. Minam Meadows S61
= Peak 8721 8721 Krag Peak S71
47 Granite Butte 8679 Steamboat Lake B52,S68
48 [Lookingglass-Culver]/Culver Lake South 8676 Krag Peak
49 [Chimney-Wood]/Chimney Lake North 8675 N. Minam Meadows S61
50 China Cap 8656 China Cap B52,S68
53 [Lostine-Granite]/Granite Creek East 8627 N. Minam Meadows
= Jackson Peak 8602 Eagle Cap
55 [Cached-Eagle]/Cached Lake South 8587 Krag Peak S70
= Peak 8500 8500 Krag Peak
61 [Arrow-Copper]/Arrow Lake Peak 8448 Bennet Peak S70
62 [Lostine-Moccasin] 8441 Eagle Cap
69 [N Minam-Bear] 8352 N. Minam Meadows S61
70 [Hidden-Minam]/Hidden Lake North 8335 Eagle Cap S72
= Peak 8120 8120+ Cornucopia
= Peak 8080 8080+ N. Minam Meadows S61
94 Sugarloaf Mountain 7960+ Cornucopia
= Squaw Butte 7902 China Cap
< 500 feet of prominence
= under review (optimistic prominence)
[ ] name indicates a pair of lakes or drainages near the peak
+ at least this high
Oregon’s Highest Peaks – Basin and Range (SE Oregon)
Rank Peak Elevation USGS 7.5 min Quad
8 Steens Mountain 9733 Wildhorse Lake
20 [Kiger-Mann] 9348 Wildhorse Lake
52 Pueblo Mountain 8632 Van Horn Basin
60 Crane Mountain 8456 Crane Mountain
64 [Modesto-Little Cottonwood]/West Pueblo Ridge/Central Pueblo Mountains Peak 8420 Van Horn Basin
65 Drake Peak 8407 Drake Peak
67 Gearhart Mountain 8370 Campbell Reservoir
71 Light Peak 8325 Crook Peak
74 Yamsay Mountain 8196 Yamsay Mountain
78 Twelvemile Peak 8144 Crook Peak
79 Dead Horse Rim 8134 Lee Thomas Crossing
87 Stevenson Benchmark * 8027 Bretz Mine
88 Warner Peak 8017 Warner Peak
95 Cougar Peak 7919 Cougar Peak
96 Beatys Butte 7918 Beatys Butte
101 Crook Peak 7834 Crook Peak
[ ] name indicates a pair of lakes or drainages near the peak
* unofficial name
Oregon’s Highest Peaks – Elkhorn and Greenhorn Mountains
Rank Peak Elevation USGS 7.5 min Quad
26 Rock Creek Butte 9106 Elkhorn Peak
34 Elkhorn Peak 8931 Elkhorn Peak
35 Red Mountain 8928 Anthony Lakes
39 Twin Mountain 8897 Anthony Lakes
41 [Cougar Pond] 8880+ Elkhorn Peak
46 Van Patten Butte 8729 Anthony Lakes
51 Angell Peak 8646 Anthony Lakes
54 Mount Ruth 8600 Anthony Lakes
58 [Cunningham-Dutch Flat]/Dutch Flat Saddle South 8525 Anthony Lakes
63 Peak 8428 8428 Anthony Lakes
72 Mount Ireland 8321 Mount Ireland
81 Vinegar Hill 8120+ Vinegar Hill
82 Columbia Hill 8117 Bourne
89 Crown Point 8006 Mount Ireland S32,33
[ ] name indicates a pair of lakes or drainages near the peak
+ at least this high
Oregon’s Highest Peaks – Strawberry Mountains
Rank Peak Elevation USGS 7.5 min Quad
30 Strawberry Mountain 9038 Strawberry Mountain
56 Graham Mountain 8570 Strawberry Mountain
57 Indian Spring Butte 8529 Strawberry Mountain
59 [Riner Basin-Slide] 8511 Strawberry Mountain
86 Lookout Mountain 8032 Little Baldy Mountain
90 [Berry-Norton] 8000+ Pine Creek Mountain
93 Pine Creek Mtn., E Peak * 7975 Pine Creek Mountain
97 Indian Creek Butte 7886 Pine Creek Mountain
99 Bullrun Rock 7873 Bullrun Rock  
[ ] name indicates a pair of lakes or drainages near the peak
* unofficial name
+ at least this high
Oregon’s Highest Peaks – High Lava Plains
Rank Peak Elevation USGS 7.5 min Quad
91 Paulina Peak 7984 Paulina Peak  Ski
(136) Hagar Mountain 7185 Hagar Mountain
(200) Pine Mountain 6509 Pine Mountain

Sources

Peakbagger.com: Paul’s Oregon Top 100 Peaks
Peakbagger.com: Paul’s Oregon Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence
Summitpost (Oregon Top 100)
The Northwest Peakbaggers Asylum

References

  1. Bond, Barbara I., 75 Scrambles in Oregon: best non-technical ascents, The Mountaineers Books, 2005.
  2. Sullivan, William L., 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon, Navillus Press, 2002.
  3. Sullivan, William L., 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades, third edition, Navillus Press, 2005.
  4. Thomas, Jeff, Oregon High: A Climbing Guide, Keep Climbing Press, 1991.

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