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Rogers Peak
Elevation 3,706 feet (1,130 m) [1]
Prominence 3,034 feet (925 m) [1]
Location Tillamook County, Oregon, USA
Range Northern Oregon Coast Range
Coordinates 45°39′52″N 123°32′54″W / 45.6645546°N 123.5484538°W / 45.6645546; -123.5484538Coordinates: 45°39′52″N 123°32′54″W / 45.6645546°N 123.5484538°W / 45.6645546; -123.5484538 [2]
Topo map USGS Rogers Peak

Rogers Peak is the highest mountain in Tillamook County, Oregon.[1] Located in the Tillamook State Forest, the peak is also the highest peak in the Northern Oregon Coast Range, which is the northern section of the Oregon Coast Range.[3]



The origins of these mountains began approximately 40 million years ago during the Eocene age. During this time-period, sandstone and siltstone formed in the area. Additionally, igneous rocks and basalt flows combined with basaltic sandstone to create many of the mountainous formations. Other sedimentary rock in the area formed more recently, around 20 million years ago. It is hypothesized that portions of the area were islands during parts of the Eocene era.[4] The entire coast range sits on a convergent tectonic margin interacting with the Juan de Fuca Plate that is subducting beneath North America tectonic plate.[5] The range is part of a broad, plunging structural arch of sedimentary and Tertiary volcanic strata that is being uplifted.[6] Other portions of the mountains consist of marine sedimentary rock.[7] The basalt in the area comes from basalt flows that covered much of Oregon that originated from fissures in the central portion of the state.[6] It was during the middle Miocene period that the range was uplifted in the broad, northeast-plunging arch.[6]

Flora and fauna

Forested parts of the mountain include Sitka spruce, western redcedar, Douglas-fir, and western hemlock.[8] Other plant life native to the mountain are Coptis laciniata, salmonberry, salal, sword fern, Oregon grape, bracken fern, and others.[8][9][10] Insects may include millipedes, collembolans, spiders, beetles, and various centipedes.[8][9] Animals that inhabit the area are weasels, chipmunks. black bears, snowshoe hares and deer.[9] Different birds include chickadees, kinglets, woodpeckers, jays, Brown Creepers, and Red Crossbills among others.[9]


Rogers Peak is located approximately 8 miles (13 km) north of Lees Camp on Oregon Route 6 with access is via North Fork Road.[11] Hiking the mountain is about a 3.5 miles (5.6 km) round-trip with an elevation gain of about 1,100 feet (340 m).[11] The mountain, located on private timber land, is on the Oregon Coast.[12][13]

Name history

In 1964 the mountain officially became Rogers Peak. Previously, it had also been referred to as Blue Lake Peak and Nels Rogers Peak.[2] The mountain was named for Nelson S. Rogers, who was the Oregon State Forester from 1940-1949. He was a prominent figure in the rehabilitation of the Tillamook Burn.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Rogers Peak, Oregon". Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Rogers Peak". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ "North Oregon Coast Range". Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Upper Nehalem Watershed Analysis". Oregon Department of Forestry. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Stephen. "Geology of the Luckiamute River Watershed, Upper Willamette Basin, Polk and Benton Counties, Oregon". Western Oregon University. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  6. ^ a b c "Geologic Map of the Tillamook Highlands, Northwest Oregon Coast Range". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  7. ^ Byrne, John V. (Sept. 1964). "An Erosional Classification for the Northern Oregon Coast". Annals of the Association of American Geographers 54 (3): pp. 329–335. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8306.1964.tb00493.x. 
  8. ^ a b c "From the Forest to the Sea: A Story of Fallen Trees". Tree Dictionary. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  9. ^ a b c d Macnab, James (January 1958). "Biotic Aspection in the Coast Range Mountains of Northwestern Oregon". Ecological Monographs 28 (1): pp. 21–54. doi:10.2307/1942274. 
  10. ^ "Management Recommendations for Spleenwort-leaved Goldthread". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  11. ^ a b "Rogers Peak". SummitPost. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  12. ^ Richard, Terry (2004-07-25). "Tough Treks - High-Pointing". The Oregonian. 
  13. ^ Richard, Terry. "He's hit the high points in every Oregon county". The Oregonian. 
  14. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 821. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 


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