The other morning near my office, I caught this lovely view of one of the inactive volcanoes in Washington and Oregon.

Mt. Adams in the morning
Reesha Cosby via Facebook

I posted the pic on my social media page with the caption, “Good morning, Mt. Something!” I sheepishly wondered which volcano it was. It’s a shame that I don’t already know this answer. One would think that after living in the Yakima Valley for over 20 years, I would know by now which volcano is which!

One of my friends immediately sent me a private message telling me that I had captured a photo of Mt. Adams. If you live in Central Washington or Oregon, on a clear day you can see not one but at least two gorgeous views of inactive volcanoes. Most of them are within a short-ish driving distance.


Washington's five inactive volcanoes are Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Glacier Peak, and Mount Baker. Oregon has over 55 inactive (dormant) volcanoes. Today, I'll just focus on two of my favorite inactive volcanoes: Mt. Hood in Oregon and Mt. Adams in Washington.


Mt. Adams in Washington State
Mt. AdamsX page
Mount Adams does not actively spew lava anymore; it’s been dormant for over 1,000 years. All this free time means it has time to be a volcano “lady of leisure”, doing things like wearing steampunk hats and watching popular shows on Netflix!

Mt Adams in Washington state
Gifford Pinchot National Forest - US Forest Service via Facebook


Mt. Hood in Oregon
Mt. Hood via Twitter X


Mt. Hood is about a 2 hour drive from Portland, OR, and close to a 3 hour drive from Central Washington. It is the highest mountain in Oregon and has not erupted since 1907. Sometimes, you can see steam coming from the top of it. Some experts say it’s due for an eruption any day between now and the next 75 years. *gulps*

Mt. Hood National Forest
Mt Hood via USDA Forest Service

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