|1:24,000 Scale USGS quadrangle maps of the Mount Hood Wilderness in Oregon, sent to you on CD-ROM. The cost is $18.95.|
Two of America's wilderness gems, namely Mount Hood and Badger Creek wilderness areas unfold from the slopes in the great state of Oregon. The Mount Hood Wilderness extends over 47,000 mountainous acres and is home to black-tailed deer, black bears, elk, and some of the most varied and beautiful natural wildflower gardens in the world.
A survey by the Associated Press stated nearly 140,000 people venture into this wilderness each year, about twice as many as previous estimates. According to the report, the survey results are part of a U.S. Forest Service effort to measure recreational uses of federal forests and help decide whether more acreage should be set aside as wilderness. Overall, the Mount Hood National Forest had an estimated 4.1 million visitors from October 2002 to September 2003.
The Mt. Hood National Forest is located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon, and the northern Willamette River valley. The Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across many miles of beautiful mountains, clear lakes and streams to the slopes of Mt. Jefferson. Some popular destinations that offer rewarding visits are Timberline Lodge, built in 1937 high on Mt. Hood, Lost Lake, Trillium Lake, Timothy Lake, Rock Creek Reservoir and portions of the Old Oregon Trail, including Barlow Road.
There are 189,200 acres of designated wilderness on the Forest. The largest is the Mt. Hood Wilderness, which includes the mountain's peak and upper slopes. Many visitors enjoy fishing, camping, boating and hiking in the summer, hunting in the fall, and skiing and other snow sports in the winter. Destinations include Badger Creek, Salmon-Huckleberry, Hatfield, and Bull-of-the-Woods. The majestic and very popular Timberline Trail encircles the mountain for 38 miles, often crossing alpine meadows painted with brillant wildflowers and through creeks. About 21 exist in this wilderness which attracts cross-country explorers.
Mount Hood, Oregon's highest summit at 11,240 feet, is a dormant volcano covered with 11 active glaciers. More than 10,000 climbers a year come seeking the top of the state, making Mount Hood's summit the most visited snow-covered peak in America. Over 10 other routes up the mountain have been well established. Dormant but not dead, Mount Hood still vents sulfurous steam near the summit. A forest of Douglas fir covers much of the lower elevations.
The majestic and very popular Timberline Trail encircles the mountain for 38 miles, often crossing panoramic alpine meadows painted with summer wildflowers and through creeks that may rise dangerously in June and July when snow melts rapidly. At least 21 trails zig and zag their way through the Wilderness to join the Timberline Trail. Cross-country skiing attracts many winter visitors.
Mount Hood Volcano:
Mount Hood has a long history of eruptions and remains a potential hazard. The last episode ended shortly before the arrival of Lewis and Clark in 1805. The largest concentration of population near Mount Hood is situated along the floors of the Zigzag and Sandy river valleys. The main cone of Mount Hood formed about 500,000 years ago. In the last 15,000 years the volcano has had four eruptive periods. Since 1990, Mount Hood has produced about 15 earthquake swarms - these swarms have lasted from a few hours to several days, have produced from several to tens of well-located earthquakes, have been clustered between 4 and 7 km (2.5-5 miles) south of the volcano's summit, and have generally produced maximum magnitudes between 1.6 and 3.5. Seismic data of lower quality indicate that swarms also occurred in the 1970s and 1980s. The largest recorded earthquake at Mount Hood was a magnitude 4.0 in December 1974.
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