Mount Hood Peaks Through the Clouds

December 04, 2019


Photographer: Merida McDonald
Summary Authors: Merida McDonald; Jim Foster

That’s the peak of snow-clad Mount Hood (Oregon) peeking through a cloud deck as observed from my window seat, shortly after takeoff from Portland International Airport. The highest point in Oregon, at 11,240 ft or 3,426 m, it’s one of a string of Cascade stratovolcanoes that formed along the boundary of the Juan de Fuca Plate and the North American Plate, some 2 million years ago. A 2-hour drive from Portland, on clear days Mount Hood is a splendid backdrop to the City of Roses. Photo taken in early October 2019.