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Whetstone mountain

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Mt. Hood from Whetstone Mountain (bobcat)


Whetstone Mountain, in the far southwestern corner of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness, is a formation of the Old Cascades and affords expansive views. Trees block views on the western side of this old lookout site, and the base of the old fire lookout remains. To the north Mount Hood looms and Mount Saint Helens and Mount Adams peek up above ridge crests. The view to the east and south is more spectacular: Olallie Butte, Battle Ax, Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, the Three Sisters expose themselves beyond the deep, forested valley of Opal Creek.

Whetstone Mountain is named for the native volcanic rock here, of a hardness useful for sharpening knives. The lookout was constructed in 1933 by CCC crews and removed around 1965.

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