Mt. Jefferson is Oregon’s second highest point, at 3,199 meters, it isn’t a giant, but the relatively low-lying mountains and plains around it ensure the volcano stands out. It is far more heavily glaciated than Mt. Hood, and creates a fantastic climbing challenge, as well as dramatic spires around its summit.To the original inhabitants, it is known as Seekseekqua.
Here, the volcano (last erupted about 950 A.D.) is seen from the more iconic Oregon symbol of Mount Hood, above the Timberline Lodge (about 1,950 meters), and it is difficult to imagine the fire that brews below. After over 1,000 years of quiet, it is difficult to say how active the volcano is now, though it would be irresponsible to call it dead. Cascade volcanoes are on their long-term dying as their source of magma (the subjecting Juan de Fuca plate) plunges ever-deeper into the mantle. Eventually the crags shall be forever silent, and crumble away into eternity.
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