Maiden Peak (Oregon)

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Maiden Peak
Maiden Peak (Oregon).jpg
Maiden Peak as seen from the north side of Eagle Peak
Highest point
Elevation 7,823 ft (2,384 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 2,578 ft (786 m) [2]
Coordinates 43°37′37″N 121°57′53″W / 43.626822492°N 121.964815483°W / 43.626822492; -121.964815483Coordinates: 43°37′37″N 121°57′53″W / 43.626822492°N 121.964815483°W / 43.626822492; -121.964815483[1]
Maiden Peak is located in Oregon
Maiden Peak
Maiden Peak
Location in Oregon
Location Deschutes / Lane counties, Oregon, U.S.
Parent range Cascades
Topo map USGS The Twins
Age of rock Less than 250,000 years old[3]
Mountain type Shield volcano
Easiest route Trail

Maiden Peak is a steep-sided shield volcano in the Cascade Range of central Oregon. It is the highest point in the 43-mile (69 km) distance between Mount Bachelor and Diamond Peak. Ice Age glaciers carved a large cirque into the northeast flank of the mountain, exposing magma which hardened in the volcano's conduits to form the numerous rock pinnacles now found in the upper part of the cirque.

The summit of Maiden Peak consists of a steeper cinder cone which sits atop the underlying shield volcano. It is located on the Cascade Crest, which forms the boundary between Lane County and Deschutes County.[4] Also, it is on the boundary between the Deschutes National Forest and the Willamette National Forest.[2] A Forest Service fire lookout tower was built on the summit in 1923, but was removed in 1958.[5] A 5.8-mile (9.3 km) trail zigzags up to the summit from the southwest.


  1. ^ a b "Maiden". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  2. ^ a b "Maiden Peak, Oregon". Retrieved 2008-04-01.
  3. ^ Wood, Charles A.; Jűrgen Kienle (1993). Volcanoes of North America. Cambridge University Press. p. 354. ISBN 0-521-43811-X.
  4. ^ "Maiden Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  5. ^ "Maiden Peak Lookout Site". Forest Fire Lookout Association. Retrieved 2016-04-29.

Further reading[edit]

see annotations on file description page for identification of landmarks
Panorama of some of the view from Maiden Peak's summit