|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Eugene Airport|
|Convenient Center:||Chemult, Oregon|
Thanks to Kelly Canaday for adding this peak.
Howlock Mountain is a heavily eroded shield volcano in the Cascade Range of central Oregon, located along the Cascade Crest just north of Mount Thielsen. Howlock Mountain is probably the highest Cascade volcano in Oregon that nobody knows about. At 8351 feet, it's basically the same height as Mt. St. Helens. But, while most Cascade volcanoes are singular masses of rock, sand, lava and ash, Howlock sits on a ridge of peaks called the Sawtooth Ridge. This ridge extends mostly north from Mt. Thielsen for several miles.
From the north (Portland), take I-5 south to Roseburg, OR (exit 124) and then catch Highway 138 east towards Diamond Lake (signs also say to Crater Lake). Take 138 east to a point between mileposts 78 and 79 and turn right at a sign for Diamond Lake Recreation Area. Go .3 miles to the Howlock Mountain Trailhead on the left. Across this road is a Texaco station. I would suggest gassing up before you head out as the station closes early and you don't want to be stranded out here.
From the south (Medford), you can take Highway 62 to 230 to 138. Turn left onto 138 and proceed 3 miles to the turnoff for the Diamond Lake Recreation Area.
From the east (Bend), take Highway 97 to 138, turn right onto 138 and go 15 miles to the junction with 230. Veer right and stay on 138 to the same point 3 miles down.
Northwest Forest Pass is required at the trailhead. Good times to hike are year round but usually the end of July through October. Hardened snow might make the central summit tower a bit easier and more solid. Highway 138 is plowed all winter so access to the trailhead is usually open.
Thanks to Kelly Canaday for this description.