Broken Top

Elevation (feet): 9,175
Elevation (meters): 2,797
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Oregon
Latitude: 44.08293
Longitude: -121.699462
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1910
First successful climber(s): Thomas Eliot, Harley Prouty, Charles Whittlesey
Nearest major airport: Redmond, Oregon
Convenient Center: Bend, Oregon

Thanks to Bob Halterman for adding this peak.

The ancient weathered cone of Broken Top juts to an elevation of 9,175 feet, and as its name implies, the jagged crown of rock spires presents a broken appearance compared to its two closest younger neighbors South Sister and Mt. Bachelor.

The standard climbing route on Broken Top starts at the Sparks Lake trail head which follows tumbling Fall Creek four miles up to the high plain positioned between South Sister and Broken Top at 6,600 feet. From there you climb east to a saddle on the jagged northwest ridge. This splintered ridge line ascends over strange shattered volcanic rock to an elevation of 9,110 feet, where a 15 foot rock wall with great exposure must be negotiated to reach two ascending ramps that lead to the stone pinnacle with a breath taking view of the Three Sisters which tower just a few miles away. More information is available on the Cascades at http://www.virtualcascades.com.

Thanks to Bob Halterman for this description.