- Northern Oregon Coast Range
Northern Oregon Coast Range Range Country United States State Oregon Part of Oregon Coast Range, Pacific Coast Ranges Borders on Central Oregon Coast Range Parts Tualatin Mountains Highest point Rogers Peak - elevation 3,706 ft (1,130 m) - coordinates Length 100 mi (161 km), North-South Geology volcanic, forearc basin Orogeny Geologic fault, basalt flows Period Paleocene, Eocene
The Northern Oregon Coast Range is the northern section of the Oregon Coast Range, in the Pacific Coast Ranges physiographic region, located in the northwest portion of the state of Oregon, United States. This section of the mountain range, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, contains peaks as high as 3,661 feet (1,116 m) for Rogers Peak. Forests in these mountains are considered to be some of the most productive timber land in the world. The Central Oregon Coast Range is directly south of this section with the Southern Oregon Coast Range beyond the central range.
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 northern section of the range were islands during parts of the Eocene era. Other portions of the mountains consist of marine sedimentary rock. 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. Also, erosion of the region is a major factor in shaping the landscape. Heavy rainfall and landslides have worked to erode the mountains.
The range is part of a broad, plunging structural arch of sedimentary and Tertiary volcanic strata that is being uplifted. Eocene and Miocene sections form the flanks of the uplifted sections. Some of the oldest rocks are submarine tholeiitic basalts from the Eocene era. The basalt came from the basalt flows that covered much of Oregon and originated from volcanoes in the central portion of the state. Other rocks include sandstone, mudstone, and siltstone. It was during the middle Miocene period that the range was uplifted in the broad, northeast-plunging arch.
Flora and fauna
Portions of the range are in the Siuslaw National Forest and Tillamook State Forest, and large sections of the range were burned in forest fires during the 1930s and 1940s as part of the Tillamook Burn. In the forested areas trees include Sitka spruce, western redcedar, Douglas-fir, and western hemlock. Other plants that grow in the region are huckleberry, salmonberry, salal, vine maple, sword fern, Oregon grape, bracken fern, and thimble-berry to name a few.
Insects found include millipedes, collembolans, spiders, beetles, slugs, and various centipedes. Animals that inhabit the Northern Coast range are weevils, chipmunks, bears, rabbits, white-footed deer mice, Columbian Black tail deer, and others. Birds include chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches, kinglets, Western pileated woodpeckers, Oregon gray jays, California creepers, and Sitka red crossbills among others.
Location and climate
The range begins at the Columbia River, with some mountainous features on the north side of the river, and continues south roughly 100 miles (160 km) to the Salmon River where Oregon Route 18 traverses the range from the Willamette Valley to the Oregon Coast. The width of the range varies but is roughly 35 miles (56 km).
Climate of the range is moderate because of marine influences. Annual precipitation varies from 60 to 180 inches (150 to 460 cm).
All mountains over 3,000 feet (910 m) in elevation in the Northern Coast Range.
Mountain Name Elevation County feet metres Rogers Peak 3,706 1,130 Tillamook South Saddle Mountain 3,465 1,056 Washington Larch Mountain 3,452 1,052 Washington Trask Mountain 3,426 1,044 Yamhill Saddle Mountain 3,288 1,002 Clatsop Triangulation Point 3,235 986 Tillamook Kings Mountain 3,192 973 Tillamook Mount Hebo 3,154 961 Yamhill Edwards Butte 3,136 956 Tillamook Buck Mountain 3,097 944 Tillamook Sheridan Peak 3,091 942 Yamhill Woods Point 3,084 940 Tillamook Gobblers Knob 3,058 932 Tillamook Onion Peak 3,057 932 Clatsop
The following rivers have their headwaters in the Northern Oregon Coast Range:
- Drains to Columbia River:
- Drains to Pacific Ocean:
- ^ Rogers Peak. Peakbagger.com. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
- ^ a b Northern Coast Range Adaptive Management Area; Chapter 2: Physical and Biological Environment. Oregon State University. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
- ^ Upper Nehalem Watershed Analysis. Oregon Department of Forestry. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
- ^ a b An Erosional Classification for the Northern Oregon Coast, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 54, No. 3. (Sep., 1964), pp. 329-335. John V. Byrne
- ^ Geology of the Luckiamute River Watershed, Upper Willamette Basin, Polk and Benton Counties, Oregon. Western Oregon University. Retrieved on February 29, 2008.
- ^ Geologic Map of the Tillamook Highlands, Northwest Oregon Coast Range. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
- ^ a b c From the Forest to the Sea: A Story of Fallen Trees. Tree Dictionary. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
- ^ a b c d Macnab, James A. Biotic Aspection in the Coast Range Mountains of Northwestern Oregon. Ecological Monographs, Vol. 28, No. 1. (Jan., 1958), pp. 21-54.
- ^ Private Forests. Oregon Department of Forestry. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
Oregon Coast Range Northern Central
- Five highest peaks: Marys Peak
- Grass Mountain
- Laurel Mountain
- Prairie Peak
- Saddle Bag Mountain
- Four highest peaks: Bone Mountain
- Kenyon Mountain
- Bear Mountain
- Buzzard Rock
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