Field Trip to Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge

A group of students from Mark Fonstad’s seminar, the Physical Geography of Oregon, took a field trip in late October to various sites around Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. We drove around the south and east side of Mt. Hood to learn about its lava domes and lahar and debris flows, such as the debris flows at White River. One of the students flew his recreational UAV to capture video and photography of this quickly changing river to later analyze using structure-from-motion. We observed forest composition changes as we made our way to the Parkdale Lava Flow on the northeast side of Mt. Hood. We hiked at Tamanawas Falls, drove along the Washington side of the Columbia River to view the Oregon side of the gorge, and ended our day at Multnomah Falls before returning to Eugene.

White River, Mt. Hood
near Parkdale lava flow, Mt. Hood
Multnomah Falls
hike at Tamanawas Falls


Tamanawas Falls