Mount Adams

Known by some of the local First Nations Native tribes as Pahto or Klickitat, this is Mount Adams, just to the north of the Columbia river. And it is a sleeping but potentially active and dangerous stratovolcano in the Cascade Range. It has not erupted in over 1,000 years, but is not extinct. Mount Adams is a member of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, and is one of the arc’s largest volcanoes. It’s the second-highest mountain in the U.S. state of Washington, after Mount Rainier. It is in a remote wilderness area 34 miles (55 km) east of Mount St. Helens.

The Mount Adams Wilderness comprises the upper and western part of the volcano’s cone. The eastern side of the mountain is part of the Yakama Nation. Adams’ asymmetrical body rises 1.5 miles (2.4 km) above the Cascade crest. Its nearly flat summit was formed as a result of numerous cone-building eruptions from separated vents around the top of the volcano.

Zedekiah: “I shot this early in the morning in the fall of 2016 as I flew to the north from Hillsboro, Oregon on my way to Yakima, Washington.”


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