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Union Peak

Union Peak
Union Peak with Mount McLoughlin in the background as seen from Crater Lake.
Elevation 7,714 ft (2,351 m)[1]
Prominence 1,509 ft (460 m)[2]
Range Cascades
Coordinates [1]
Topo map USGS Union Peak
Type Shield volcano[3]
Volcanic arc Cascade Volcanic Arc

Union Peak is a heavily eroded shield volcano in the Cascade Range of central Oregon, located along the Cascade Crest less than 7 miles (11.3 km) southwest of the rim of Crater Lake. Ice Age glaciers eroded away most of the flanks of the volcano, leaving numerous deep cirques surrounding a central glacial horn. This is the same process that formed the summit horns of Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, Howlock Mountain, and Mount Thielsen from other shield volcanoes farther north in the Oregon Cascades.

Union Peak is located within Crater Lake National Park,[3] and the summit was used as a post for fire lookouts from the 1930s to the 1950s. A 5.5-mile (8.9 km) trail leads to the summit from the Pacific Crest Trail off Oregon Route 62.


  1. ^ a b "Union Peak". NGS data sheet.  
  2. ^ "Union Peak, Oregon". Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  3. ^ a b Cranson, K.R. (2002-04-06). "Cinder Cones in Crater Lake National Park". Crater Lake National Park: Nature Notes Volume XXXII-XXXIII - 2001/2002.  
  • Harris, Stephen L. (2005). Fire Mountains of the West: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes (3rd ed.).  
  • Wood, Charles A.; Jürgen Kienle, eds. (1990). Volcanoes of North America.  
  • Kresek, Ray (1998). Fire Lookouts of the Northwest (3rd ed.). Historic Lookout Project.  
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