Mount Jefferson Glaciers

This close-up view of Mount Jefferson, taken from Park Ridge, reveals the extensive layers of glacier and ice that cover the north side of the peak. The Whitewater Glacier is on the east (left) shoulder of the peak, and is the largest on the mountain. The Jefferson Park Glacer is on the north (right) side in this view, and features the most spectacular icefalls and crevasses on the mountain. The summit of Mount Jefferson is the high pinnacle on the left. Because Jefferson includes both a steep ice climb and even steeper rock climb of the summit pinnacle, climbers consider it to be the most difficult ascent in the High Cascades.

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