Guidebook

Climb 10 Volcanic Peaks in the Cascades near Bend, OR

These 10 volcanic peaks all make for incredibly attractive hiking or mountaineering objectives.

Greg Heil

Description

The Cascade Range is one of the most formidable mountain ranges in the Western USA. The range forms a part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, "the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean,” according to Wikipedia. This volcanic activity, including the only eruptions in the continental USA in recent history, has formed some of the tallest and most geographically-prominent mountains in North America.

While Mount Rainier and Mount Hood reign as two of the tallest and most renowned volcanic peaks in the Cascades, the spine of the mountains in Central Oregon is home to an impressive array of gorgeous volcanos that beckon hikers and mountaineers to try their luck on their steep, rocky slopes. The famous adventure town of Bend, Oregon serves as the arrival and provisioning point for a slew of these peak climbs. This guidebook rounds up 10 of the most significant volcanic Cascade peaks near Bend.

On this list, you’ll find 10,495-foot Mount Jefferson, the second tallest peak in Oregon after Mount Hood. Close to Bend, the Three Sisters and Broken Top provide a lust-worthy checklist of craggy peak climbs, clustered close together. To the south, isolated volcanos like Mount Thielsen are slightly less trafficked, allowing you to escape some of the crowds.

And those are just the highlights. Dive into the respective descriptions of these ten mountain peaks, and decide which climb you’ll tackle next!

Sources:
Wikipedia

Mount Jefferson
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Mount Jefferson

33.5 km
2,302 m
Technical ascent of Oregon's second-tallest volcano.
Difficult
Private
South Sister
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South Sister

7 - 8 hrs
18.6 km
1,524 m
1,524 m
Climb the tallest of Oregon's Three Sisters, the third tallest mountain in the state.
Severe
Private
Middle Sister
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Middle Sister

25.8 km
1,588 m
The shortest of the Three Sisters is still more technical to climb than the tallest.
Easy
Private
North Sister
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North Sister

22.8 km
1,578 m
The most technical of Oregon's Three Sisters.
Moderate
Private
Mount Bachelor
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Mount Bachelor

Mount Bachelor
4 - 5 hrs
10.8 km
819 m
819 m
Climb to the iconic volcanic summit towering above the Cascade Lakes Highway.
Severe
Private
Bend, OR: Mount Washington via Pacific Crest Trail

Bend, OR: Mount Washington via Pacific Crest Trail

2 - 3 hrs
8.6 km
965 m
31 m
This 10.6-mile out-and-back in the Cascade Range negotiates a variety of climbing routes to a crumbling volcanic summit (and a dizzying view).
Difficult
Private
Bend, OR: Broken Top via Green Lakes Trail

Bend, OR: Broken Top via Green Lakes Trail

3 - 4 hrs
10.0 km
1,143 m
25 m
Climb to the top of a glacier-scraped volcano for dramatic views of the Cascades on this difficult, 12.5-mile out-and-back in Three Sisters Wilderness.
Difficult
Private
Bend, OR: Three Fingered Jack

Bend, OR: Three Fingered Jack

3 - 4 hrs
9.8 km
936 m
26 m
This challenging, 12.2-mile trek ascends the spiny, volcanic ridge of Three Fingered Jack for dizzying views across the Cascade Mountains.
Difficult
Private
Bend, OR: Mount Thielsen

Bend, OR: Mount Thielsen

2 - 3 hrs
7.2 km
1,096 m
0 m
This volcano has lured explorers for decades. Good reason too: The 8.8-miler mixes trails, routefinding, and hand-over-hand scrambling.
Difficult
Private
Bend, OR: Diamond Peak via Pacific Crest Trail

Bend, OR: Diamond Peak via Pacific Crest Trail

Oakridge
6 - 7 hrs
22.5 km
1,488 m
303 m
Link lake-dotted landscapes, Cascade views, and waterfront campsites on this two-day, 28 miler that climbs an extinct shield volcano in the Diamond Peak Wilderness.
Difficult
Private