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Hoodoo Peak
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Hoodoo Peak
Highest point
Elevation 8,464 ft (2,580 m)
Prominence 424 ft (129 m)
Isolation 0.93 mi (1.50 km)
Location Okanogan County, Washington, U.S.
Parent range North Cascades
Topo map USGS Hoodoo Peak
Easiest route Scrambling

Hoodoo Peak is a 8,464-foot (2,580-metre) mountain summit located in the Methow Mountains, a sub-range of the North Cascades in Washington state. It is protected by the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness within the Okanogan National Forest. The nearest higher peak is Raven Ridge, 0.93 miles (1.50 km) to the south. Precipitation runoff on the west side of the mountain drains into Buttermilk Creek, whereas the east side of the mountain drains into Libby Creek.


Lying east of the Cascade crest, the area around Hoodoo Peak is a bit drier than areas to the west. Summers can bring warm temperatures and occasional thunderstorms. With its impressive height, Hoodoo Peak can have snow on it in late-spring and early-fall, and can be very cold in the winter.


The North Cascades features some of the most rugged topography in the Cascade Range with craggy peaks, ridges, and deep glacial valleys. Geological events occurring many years ago created the diverse topography and drastic elevation changes over the Cascade Range leading to the various climate differences. These climate differences lead to vegetation variety defining the ecoregions in this area.

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Hoodoo Peak approach

The history of the formation of the Cascade Mountains dates back millions of years ago to the late Eocene Epoch. With the North American Plate overriding the Pacific Plate, episodes of volcanic igneous activity persisted. In addition, small fragments of the oceanic and continental lithosphere called terranes created the North Cascades about 50 million years ago.

During the Pleistocene period dating back over two million years ago, glaciation advancing and retreating repeatedly scoured the landscape leaving deposits of rock debris. The "U"-shaped cross section of the river valleys are a result of recent glaciation. Uplift and faulting in combination with glaciation have been the dominant processes which have created the tall peaks and deep valleys of the North Cascades area.

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