Oregon Glaciers

Oregon has 35 named glaciers and more than 450 permanent snowfields, according to the Glaciers of the American West website.  Of the named glaciers, all but one are located in the Cascade range.  By definition, a glacier is a slow moving body of ice that forms when the accumulation of snowfall exceeds the amount of snow melt in an area.  One of the main distinguishing features that separate glaciers from permanent snowfields are crevasses, which form due to movement and resulting stresses that occur within the ice.

Summer turns on the Hayden Glacier

Of course, skiing and riding are possible on glaciers throughout the year, but these residual snow and ice fields lend themselves to making summer and fall turns long after other areas have melted out.  The below links contain information about Oregon’s glaciers, in some cases including photos that give both current and historical perspectives.

Warning: Glacier travel is inherently dangerous and should only be attempted by those who possess the required knowledge, equipment, skills and abilities to do so safely.  Please seek appropriate instruction before attempting glacial travel.

Mt Hood
Coe Glacier
Eliot Glacier
Glisan Glacier
Ladd Glacier
Langille Glacier
Newton Clark Glacier
Palmer Glacier
Reid Glacier
Sandy Glacier
White River Glacier
ZigZag Glacier

Mt Jefferson
Jefferson Park Glacier
Milk Creek Glacier
Russell Glacier
Waldo Glacier
Whitewater Glacier

Three Fingered Jack
Jack Glacier

North Sister
Collier Glacier
Linn Glacier
Thayer Glacier
Villard Glacier

Middle Sister
Diller Glacier
Hayden Glacier
Irving Glacier
Renfrew Glacier

South Sister
Carver Glacier
Clark Glacier
Eugene Glacier
Lewis Glacier
Lost Creek Glacier
Prouty Glacier
Skinner Glacier

Broken Top
Bend Glacier
Crook Glacier

Mt Thielsen
Lathrop Glacier

Eagle Caps
Benson Glacier