Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges
|Range Type||Bogus mountain grouping for this site|
|Highest Point||Mount Eddy (9025 ft/2751 m)|
|Countries||United States |
|States/Provinces||California (50%), Oregon (31%), Washington (18%)|
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
|Area||51,709 sq mi / 133,927 sq km|
Area may include lowland areas
|Extent||730 mi / 1,175 km North-South|
163 mi / 262 km East-West
|Center Lat/Long||43° 6' N; 123° 54' W|
|Map Link||Microsoft Bing Map|
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The Northwest Coast Ranges have very clear boundaries. The northern and southern edges are well defined by two great ocean inlets, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north and San Francisco Bay to the south. The eastern edge is the continuous lowland trench used by Interstate 5--the Sacramento Valley, the Willamette Valley, the Puget Sound lowlands, and the connecting valleys. To the west, the Northwest Coast Ranges rise almost directly out of the Pacific Ocean for their entire length.
By far the most alpine and spectacular individual range in this grab-bag is the Olympic Mountains of Washington, a knot of dense rainforest and glacier-mantled peaks. Most of the Coast Range of Oregon and California is relatively low but rugged, well-forested terrain, occasionally breaking out of the trees for nice peaks like the Trinity Alps.
|Map of Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges|
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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|Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges.|
Major Peaks of the Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges
Photos of Peaks in the Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges
|Mount Olympus: Mount Olympus rises spectacularly above the Blue Glacier.|
|Mount Deception: Mount Deception, second highest peak in the Olympic Mountains, rises steeply above Royal Basin. Photo by Grant Myers.|
|Mount Stone: The summit block of Mount Stone is in deep shadow in this view from the southwest.|
|Mount Angeles: Rocky Mount Angeles is plainly visible from the Hurricane Ridge Road.|
|Hurricane Hill: Gentle Hurricane Hill is reached by a paved trail from the end of the Hurricane Ridge Road.|
|Cobb Mountain-Southwest Peak: The highest point in Sonoma County is this low, partly logged hill of low trees, seen here while descending from the main summit of Cobb Mountain.|
|Peak 480: A summit only a peakbagger could love: Peak 480 on the Kamilche Valley quad.|
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