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Oregon's Highest Peaks (500' Prominence)

Mount Hood from Cloud Cap Campground

Mount Hood from Cloud Cap Campground

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 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.

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 neglected Oregon's rich variety of geology and ecosystems. I look forward to many years of exploring this varied state.

The Peaks

Cascade Range
Rank Peak Elevation
(feet)
Prominence
(feet)
Isolation
(miles)
Year
1 Mount Hood 11239 7706 57.3 1977
2 Mount Jefferson 10497 5777 48.1 1978
3 South Sister 10358 5588 39.4 1976
4 North Sister 10085 2725 4.3 1979
5 Middle Sister 10047 1127 1.4 1975
16 Mount McLoughlin 9495 4455 69.5 1980
22 Mount Thielsen 9182 3342 50.4 1977
23 Broken Top 9175 2175 3.1 1984
29 Mount Bachelor 9065 2665 6.9 2001 ski
35 Mount Scott 8929 3009 16.1 1981
45 Diamond Peak 8744 3104 25.7 2011
66 Howlock Mountain 8396 876 3.0 2010
68 Mount Bailey 8368 2968 7.6 2006
73 Aspen Butte 8208 3088 14.2 2011
75 Hollys Ridge 8178 538 0.8 2008
76 Hillman Peak 8151 1391 7.5 2007
77 Dutton Cliff 8147 1107 3.1 2007
80 Applegate Peak 8126 1022 1.1 2010
83 Ball Butte 8091 531 0.9 2002 ski
84 Llao Rock 8049 729 2.3 2007
85 Pelican Butte 8036 2196 9.4 2011
92 Mount Harriman 7979 1279 3.9 2011
98 Mount Carmine 7882 522 1.0 2011
100 Three Fingered Jack 7841 2481 12.6 1979
102 Maiden Peak 7818 2578 10.8 2012
104 Mount Washington 7794 2554 10.1 1979
106 Crater Mountain 7777 517 2.9  
107 Tumalo Mountain 7775 1055 2.3 2002 ss
111 Union Peak 7709 1509 7.0 2014
113 Cowhorn Mountain 7664 1824 9.0 2014
115 The Husband 7594 1434 3.0 1979
117 Devils Peak 7582 1602 9.3  
           

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Wallowa Mountains
Rank Peak Elevation
(feet)
Prominence
(feet)
Isolation
(miles)
Year
6 Sacajawea Peak
(Wallowa Mtns HP)
9838 6388 125.5 1989
- Matterhorn 9826 333 1.2 1989
7 Hurwal Divide 9776 856 1.7  
9 Aneroid Mountain 9702 2102 5.8 2013
10 Petes Point 9675 1235 2.4  
11 Twin Peaks 9673 1953 4.8 2016
12 Chief Joseph Mountain 9616 776 1.7  
13 Eagle Cap 9572 1212 4.3 1989
14 Red Mountain 9560+ 1960 7.3  
15 Cusick Mountain 9518 878 3.3  
17 Hidden Peak/Aneroid Mountain North 9440+ 600 1.5 2013
18 Sentinel Peak 9400+ 520 1.7  
19 Hurricane Divide South 9386 966 1.5  
21 Elkhorn Peak 9233 1860 3.3 2017
24 Glacier Mountain 9169 849 2.4  
25 Mount Melissa/East McCully Basin Peak 9128 528 1.7 2013
27 Krag Peak 9080+ 1240 2.0  
27 Dollar Ridge/Dollar Lake Peak 9080+ 560 1.1 2013
31 Needle Point 9018 1458 3.3  
32 Traverse Lake East Peak 8949 1229 3.8 2014
33 Echo Lake Northwest Peak 8934 774 1.7 2014
37 Eagle Lake East 8924 764 1.2  
38 Marble Mountain 8921 681 2.5  
41 Ruby Peak 8884 644 1.2  
42 Blue Lake Southwest 8839 519 1.2  
43 Long Lake South 8820 500 1.8  
44 Lookout Mountain
(Wallowa Mtns)
8800+ 960 3.7  
47 Granite Butte 8679 679 1.6 2013
48 Culver Lake South/Peak 8676 8676 716 1.5  
49 Chimney Lake North 8675 595 0.8  
50 China Cap 8656 776 1.5 2013
53 Granite Creek East 8627 547 2.9  
55 Cached Lake South/Peak 8587 8587 547 1.5  
61 Arrow Lake Peak 8448 568 1.1 2014
62 [Lostine-Moccasin] 8441 685 0.9  
69 [N Minam-Bear] 8352 632 1.6  
70 Hidden Lake North 8335 575 1.0  
94 Sugarloaf Mountain 7960+ 600 0.5 2017
           
- < 500 feet of prominence
[ ] name indicates a pair of lakes or drainages near the peak
+ at least this high

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Basin and Range (SE Oregon)
Rank Peak Elevation
(feet)
Prominence
(feet)
Isolation
(miles)
Year
8 Steens Mountain 9733 4373 124.7 2012
20 [Kiger-Mann] 9348 508 3.2 2012
52 Pueblo Mountain
(Pueblo Mtns HP)
8632 3032 28.3 2012
60 Crane Mountain 8456 2336 44.4 2009
64 West Pueblo Ridge/Central Pueblo Mountains Peak 8420 1620 2.8 2012
65 Drake Peak 8407 2547 17.3 2009
67 Gearhart Mountain 8370 3430 40.8 2007
71 Light Peak 8325 505 1.3 2009
74 Yamsay Mountain 8196 3176 33.0 2011
78 Twelvemile Peak 8144 704 1.5 2009
79 Dead Horse Rim 8134 1234 4.4 2007
87 Oregon Canyon Mountains Peak/Stevenson Benchmark 8027 1607 16.5 2013
88 Warner Peak
(Hart Mtn HP)
8017 2117 22.1 2009
95 Cougar Peak 7919 1839 16.7 2009
96 Beatys Butte 7918 2055 21.5 2012
101 Crook Peak 7834 654 2.1 2009
105 Devine Rock 7782 542 0.7  
109 Grizzly Peak 7768 1438 3.8  
110 Slide Mountain 7762 782 8.8  
           
[ ] name indicates a pair of lakes or drainages near the peak

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Elkhorn and Greenhorn Mountains
Rank Peak Elevation
(feet)
Prominence
(feet)
Isolation
(miles)
Year
26 Rock Creek Butte
(Blue Mtns HP)
9106 4466 43.4 2008
34 Elkhorn Peak 8931 691 1.5 2008
36 Red Mountain 8928 1048 5.6 2014
39 [Cougar Pond SW] 8920+ 760 1.1 2015
40 Twin Mountain 8897 1457 3.1  
46 Van Patten Butte 8729 1169 2.3 2012
51 Angell Peak 8646 686 1.4 2012
54 Mount Ruth 8600 760 3.0 2012
58 Dutch Flat Saddle South 8525 605 1.0 2012
63 Peak 8428 8428 508 1.3 2012
72 Mount Ireland 8321 1041 5.6 2009
81 Vinegar Hill 8120+ 2840 14.4 2009
82 Columbia Hill 8117 517 1.5 2012
89 Crown Point 8006 526 1.6 2014
108 Sunrise Butte 7770 560 1.6  
116 Dixie Butte 7592 2312 8.7 2013
           
[ ] name indicates a pair of lakes or drainages near the peak
+ at least this high

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Strawberry Mountains
Rank Peak Elevation
(feet)
Prominence
(feet)
Isolation
(miles)
Year
30 Strawberry Mountain
(Strawberry Mtns HP)
9038 4080 46.1 1985
56 Graham Mountain 8570 850 4.2 2010
57 Indian Spring Butte 8529 569 1.9 2008
59 [Riner Basin-Slide] 8511 631 1.0 2010
86 Lookout Mountain
(Strawberry Mtns)
8032 2112 6.2 2009
90 [Berry-Norton] 8000+ 840 7.4 2010
93 Pine Creek Mtn., E Peak * 7975 535 3.7 2010
97 Indian Creek Butte 7886 616 1.9 2010
99 Bullrun Rock 7873 1873 9.9 2009
103 Ironside Mountain 7811 2211 9.3 2016
114 Baldy Mountain 7615 930 4.2  
           
[ ] name indicates a pair of lakes or drainages near the peak
* unofficial name
+ at least this high

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High Lava Plains
Rank Peak Elevation
(feet)
Prominence
(feet)
Isolation
(miles)
Year
91 Paulina Peak
(Paulina Mts HP)
7984 3214 28.9 1985 ski
112 North Paulina Peak 7686 677 3.9  
           

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Map

climbed = Peaks climbed   unclimbed = Next   unclimbed = No Plans

Sources

Peakbagger.com: Paul's Oregon 9000-foot+ Peaks
Peakbagger.com: Paul's Oregon 100 Highest Peaks
Summitpost (Oregon Top 100)
The Northwest Peakbaggers Asylum
Couple first to climb Oregon's 100 highest points

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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