|Mount Rainier looms large during the descent into Sea-Tac Airport.|
We left San Francisco in a layer of clouds, which didn't dissipate completely until we crossed into Oregon. (Clouds in Cali and sun in the Northwest is not the norm!) I started taking pictures with my Nokia phone and didn't pull out the Canon until we passed Mount Hood near Portland, so the quality of the southern volcano images is not so great.
I always try to get a window seat on the right side of the plane because the northbound flight pattern up the West Coast is farther east than southbound, and often the flights pass almost directly over Mount Shasta.
At 14,179 feet high, Shasta is the second-highest peak in the Cascades, after Rainier (14,409 feet high). Shasta is very easy to spot because it's also farther west than many of the other peaks like Lassen and Mount Adams.
|Mount Shasta in extreme northern California is partially visible in this shot.|
|Crater Lake caldera|
Last shot snapped from my Windows phone was Mount Jefferson, the second highest peak in Oregon at a few feet shy of 10,500 feet in elevation. "Jeff" is considered the most technical climb of the Oregon volcanoes.
|Mount Jefferson in Oregon.|
|Mount Hood in northern Oregon.|
|Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams (above and to the east) in Washington. |
|In this image you can see the path of the St. Helens eruption to the north.|
St. Helens and Adams are the two Cascade volcanoes I've summited. I highly recommend slogging up to the south rim of St. Helens and peering down into the blown-out crater. It was an awesome and powerful experience.
|The Mount St. Helens eruption in May 1980 resulted in a loss of over 1,300 feet in elevation.|
|Mount Adams is often mistaken for Rainier in photos.|
|Majestic Mount Rainier, Washington.|
|Mount Rainier is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous U.S.A.|
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I'm not sure if flights from different airports in California have different flight patterns, but I most often fly the Seattle-San Francisco leg via Alaska Airlines from SFO or Oakland. As I mentioned, the northbound flights travel farther east and offer better views of the Cascades.