Mount Scott

Southern Oregon Cascades, Oregon

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Mount Scott


  • Starting out on the Mount Scott Hiking Trail.- Mount Scott
  • The trail leads through a forest of whitebark pine (pinus albicaulis).- Mount Scott
  • Mount Scott Hiking Trail.- Mount Scott
  • Pumice along the trail.- Mount Scott
  • View looking back at Crater Lake.- Mount Scott
  • View south toward Mount McLoughlin (9,495').- Mount Scott
  • Mount Scott Hiking Trail.- Mount Scott
  • Narrowleaf goldenweed (haplopapus stenophyllus).- Mount Scott
  • Common red paintbrush (Castilleja miniata).- Mount Scott
  • View toward Mount Scott's summit (8,929') and lookout tower..- Mount Scott
  • View toward Mount Scott's summit (8,929') and lookout tower.- Mount Scott
  • View east on a hazy day looking at Yamsay Mountain (8,196').- Mount Scott
  • Panoramic view of Crater Lake National Park from Mount Scott's summit.- Mount Scott
  • Crater Lake from Mount Scott's summit.- Mount Scott
  • View north toward Mount Theilsen (9,182').- Mount Scott
  • Mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana)- Mount Scott
  • Mount Scott's summit and lookout tower.- Mount Scott
  • - Mount Scott
Overview + Weather
Panoramic vistas of the entire national park.
Only accessible in summer.
Southern Oregon Cascades, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,250.00 ft (381.00 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,680.00 ft (2,340.86 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Over 8,000 years ago Mount Scott would have been a relatively small pumice* cone vent on the southeastern flanks of what was then Mount Mazama.

Today, since the massive eruption of the 12,000-foot stratovolcano, the 8,929-foot Mount Scott is by far the area's highest peak, and certainly the location with the most sweeping views of Crater Lake National Park.  It also stands today as Oregon’s 10th highest peak in the Cascade Mountains.  Luckily for most visitors, the 1,250-foot climb to the cone’s summit is a relatively modest gain for a peak of this stature, and the rewards include some truly spectacular vistas.

* Often confused with cinder, particularly in reference to cone vents, pumice is certainly different.  Both are debris/solidified rock formations of high-pressure gas-charged magma, making both porous and quite light.  In simplified terms, however, pumice is gas-charged obsidian (volcanic matter containing high levels of silica), and cinders are gas-charged basalt (volcanic matter containing higher levels of iron).

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