Cascade Summit, Oregon

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Cascade Summit is an unincorporated community in Klamath County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located on the west shore of Odell Lake near Shelter Cove, about 30 miles southeast of Oakridge.[2]

Cascade Summit is a station of the Southern Pacific Railroad's (SP) Cascade Line established when the line was completed in 1925–1926.[3] The station was named because it is just east of the summit tunnel through the Cascades. Cascade Summit post office was established in 1927 and closed in 1980.[3] The railroad line is now owned by Union Pacific.

Cascade Summit is highest point on the railroad's crossing of the Cascades at an elevation of 4,852 feet (1,479 m).[1][4]:93 It was a famous location for publicity photos in SP days. At Cascade Summit there was a station, siding, and a wye. During the 1930s to 1940s, passenger trains stopped at the station daily. Today only the siding remains.[citation needed] At one time the locale was the site of Cascade Summit Lodge; it later burned down, but as of 1990 the foundation was still visible.[5]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cascade Summit has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Cascade Summit". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. ISBN 0-89933-347-8.
  3. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0875952772.
  4. ^ Schafer, Mike; Welsh, Joe (1997). Classic American Streamliners. Osceola, Wisconsin: MotorBooks International. ISBN 978-0-7603-0377-1.
  5. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 714. ISBN 0-87004-332-3.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Cascade Summit, Oregon

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Coordinates: 43°34′45″N 122°02′32″W / 43.579290°N 122.042254°W / 43.579290; -122.042254