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Volcanoes

*** Most of this is from the volcanorunning.com website by permission but is still being transferred/updated ***
There is something magical about 'completing the circle' and running around one of the Pacific Northwest's volcanoes. This section provide background information for doing these runs. Note that none of these runs are easy. Running around them is much harder than climbing to the top. I'm listing the runs in rough order of difficulty (a very subjective thing). Have fun on your volcano run and comment below how it went for you.
  • Three Fingered Jack.  A good run to start out Volcano Running, 25 or so miles reasonably flat although at alpine elevations. 
  • Mt. St. Helens A great run. Reasonable mileage (50 km), running through the desolation area, sandy canyons, lava flows and a surprising array of different eco systems.
  • Mt. Hood Run around Oregon's highest mountain and cover 41 miles with 10,000 feet of climbing.
  • North, Middle and South Sister Three volcanos on one run! Black sand, obsidian, mountain lake and a number of miles on the beautiful PCT.
  • Mt. Adams Basic info (under construction).
  • Mt. Rainier The best of the bunch. 93 miles on the Wonderland trail around Mt. Rainier. Usually done as a multi-day fastpack trip or with car support.
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