Mount Jefferson

Mount Jefferson
Photo by Justin Loveland, all rights reserved.

Mount Jefferson is the second highest mountain in Oregon. Though it is smaller than Mount Hood, it is more rugged and more remote. It is the oldest volcano in the region, and consequently is more heavily eroded. Its normal route is the steepest, most difficult climb of Oregon's high summits, culminating in a steep snow climb to the summit, which is itself a towering 400 foot rock pinnacle. The mountain is located within the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area.

Elevation (feet): 10,497
Elevation (meters): 3,199
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Oregon
Latitude: 44.674268
Longitude: -121.799583
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1888
First successful climber(s): E.C. Cross, Ray L. Farmer
Nearest major airport: Portland, Oregon
Convenient Center: Salem, Oregon

Trip Reports

There are 6 trip reports for Mount Jefferson.

  • Log #3366 - by Neil Olsen on Aug 09, 20043.00 stars
    SW ridge via Pamelia. At the traverse, the top inch of snow was soft enough my crampons didn't bite in well. Below that was hard enough I couldn't plant the spike of the ice axe very deep or kick...
  • Log #3367 - by Marcey Rhyne on July 26, 20043.00 stars
    It is possible to climb this mountain in a single, very long, difficult day. I don't care much for camping and like to go fast & light - I left Pamelia Lake trailhead at 5:30am and returned at...
  • Log #3368 - by Matthew G. Nielsen on May 15, 20033.00 stars
    I think we took the absoloute longest route possible but the most consistantly successful. We entered by White Wate trail head through Jeff Park then over White Wate Glacier and accended Red Ridge to...
  • Log #3369 - by Pete Johnson on Feb 17, 20023.00 stars
    West Rib route from Pamelia Lake: From Pamelia Road at Rt 22, we snowshoed 8 miles and 4000 vft to a high camp near treeline. Deep snow but no apparent avalanche danger. On summit day we snowshoed...
  • Log #3370 - by Joe Manceau on Apr 28, 19993.00 stars
    Whitewater Glacier Route Camped at 7120 ft elevation right on boundary with the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. This worked out well since it was flat and there was ample water. On the glacier,...
  • Log #3371 - by Fred Spicker on Jan 18, 19993.00 stars
    Ascent via Jefferson Park Glacier with friends David Coughlin, Bob Walsh, and Jens Housely. Every car in the parking lot was broken into - I hope that problem has been solved!