Jon Bell is a freelance writer and the author of On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon's Perilous Peak. His work has appeared in a range of publications, including Backpacker, the Oregonian, Portland Monthly, and Oregon Business. He graduated with a degree in history from Michigan State University in 1996. An avid outdoorsman, he is a past president of the Ptarmigans Mountaineering Club. He writes from his home in Lake Oswego, where he lives with his family.
Mount Hood is a stratovolcano in northwest Oregon located about fifty miles east of Portland and thirty-five miles south of the Columbia River. At 11,244 feet, it is the highest point in Oregon and the fourth highest peak in the Cascade Range. Mount Hood has played a central …