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Sand Mountain (5459'/1664m) summit

360 degree panoramic view of Sand Mountain (5459'/1664m) summit

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View from the top of Sand Mountain (elev. 5,459') located near to Santiam Pass, Oregon.  The summit is the highest of a series of cinder cone fissures spanning north to south, a noticeable crater lies in view w/ lava flows that flowed westward & created Clear Lake about 3,000 years ago.  The mountain has nice views spanning from Mt. Jefferson to Three Fingered Jack as well as Mt. Washington up close plus Belknap Crater, the Three Sisters & The Husband, as well as distant Diamond Peak.  The tip of Mt. Hood is also visible from here.  To the east is Big Lake, as well as Hoodoo Mountain which has a ski area, plus Hogg Rock & Hayrick Butte, two unique tuyas formed during the Ice Age when this area was under a large icefield.  The west are a number of alpine & craggy mountains.  The first fire lookout was built here in 1931 however this present structure was placed in 1990 after being transported from Whisky Peak in Southern Oregon, the layout bearing an exact resemblance to the original structure.  During our visit it was being staffed by Tim.  An old road led one to the fenced area in view but a slide has since caused it to be closed w/ a trail leading up instead from a saddle below.