Of California's fourteeners,
only one is a volcano, Mount Shasta. The other volcano in California
is Lassen Peak. They are part of the same string of volcanoes called
the Cascade Volcanoes. The Cascades run North through Oregon and
Washington and into Canada. They are part of the Pacific Ring of
Fire. The Ring of Fire refers to the areas around the Pacific Ocean
that are or have been volcanically active. Mount Fuji in Japan is
another famous star in this constellation.
Other famous volcanoes are Mount Saint Helens in Washington. Mount Hood near Portland, Oregon. And the very ominous Mount Rainier near Seattle. When I saw Rainier for the first time I was filled with a sense of awe and fear. Really. I saw the mountain over the Seattle skyline and I got the gut feeling, a sense, that this shape was unstable. The massive form appears to me on the verge of collapse. I later read an article about the geology inside the mountain. It is literally rotting inside because of the chemistry of escaping gases and melted snow. I want to summit this mountain before it's beauty changes. Remember that Saint Helens, once a perfect cone, is now a hollow shell.
My desire is to summit a few of these volcanoes as well as all of California's fourteeners. The Cascade Volcanoes are listed below.
Lassen Peak, 10,457 feet [3,187 meters]
Mount Shasta, 14,162 feet [4,317 meters]
Mount McLoughlin, 9,495 feet [2,894 meters]
(Mount Mazama, estimated at 12,000 feet [3,658 meters] 7000 years ago, now known as Crater Lake.)
Mount Thielsen, 9,182 feet [2,799 meters]
Mount Bachelor, 9,065 feet [2,763 meters]
Broken Top, 9,152 feet [2,790 meters]
South Sister, 10,047 feet [3,157 meters]
Middle Sister, 10,047 feet [3,062 meters]
North Sister, 10085 feet [2,377 meters]
Mount Washington, 7,800 feet [2,377 meters]
Three Fingered Jack, 7,841 feet [2,377 meters]
Mount Jefferson, 10,495 feet [3,199 meters]
Mount Hood, 11,239 feet [3,426 meters]
Mount Adams, 12,276 feet [3,742 meters]
Mount Saint Helens, 8,365 feet [2,550 meters], 9,677 feet prior to major explosion/eruption in 1980
Mount Rainier, 14,411 feet [4,392 meters], also known as Tahoma
Glacier Peak, 10,568 feet [3,221 meters]
Mount Baker, 10,778 feet [3,285 meters]
My book called something like The Cascade Volcanoes is now misplaced.