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West Crater

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  • United States
  • Canada and Western USA
  • Volcanic field
  • 5750 BCE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 45.88°N
  • 122.08°W

  • 1329 m
    4359 ft

  • 321060
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
    Number

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This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 2 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
5750 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 2 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Bare Mountain
6110 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 2 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) West Crater, Hackamore Creek cone
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for West Crater.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for West Crater.

Photo Gallery

The valley floor in the foreground of this area of extensive logging clearcuts SE of Mount St. Helens, the peak seen in the distance, is covered by lava flows from West Crater and the Hackamore Creek scoria cone just NW of West Crater. Carbon fragments from a black tephra deposit produced by the Hackamore Creek scoria cone were dated at about 8000 years.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1995 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
The forest-covered Bare Mountain explosion crater in the foreground is 400-m-wide and 275-m-deep. It formed about 7700 years ago during the youngest volcanic eruption in the West Crater volcanic field. West Crater itself is visible 4 km to the south at the extreme right side of the photo. The Bare Mountain phreatic crater was formed in older Tertiary volcanic rocks, and unlike other Holocene eruptions in the West Crater area, was not accompanied by lava flows.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1995 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
Trout Creek Hill, a small Quaternary shield volcano in the West Crater volcanic field, is seen here from the NW, with Mount Hood across the Columbia River in Oregon in the background. Lava flows from Trout Creek Hill traveled 13 km to the SE, reaching the Columbia River.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1995 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
The large partially forested lava flow in the foreground originated from West Crater, out of view to the right, about 8000 years ago. The blocky andesitic flow, seen here about 2 km from the vent, traveled about 4.5 km to the SE. In addition to this eastern flow, another lava flow traveled to the NW down the Hackamore Creek drainage. West Crater is a lava dome with a 200-m-wide summit crater that straddles a topographic divide in southern Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 2002 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
West Crater is a little-known Quaternary volcanic field in the southern Cascades of Washington between Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. West Crater itself, seen here from the NE, is an andesitic dome with two small lava flows, one of which forms the bare area at the right center. The 290-m-high dome was formed about 8060 years ago on the floor of a cirque carved into older Tertiary volcanic rocks. The West Crater volcanic field consists of a series of small shield volcanoes and cinder cones along a NW-SE zone.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 2002 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.

Title: Eocene to Holocene Volc/ Related Rocks, Cascades
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1989
Series: OFR
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Eocene to Holocene Volc/ Related Rocks, Cascades
Title: Canada, United States
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: United States
Year: 1988
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Canada, United States
Title: Map of Mt St Helens & Vicinity, Localities in text
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1987
Series: PP
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Map of Mt St Helens & Vicinity, Localities in text
Title: (1) WA, SW: Geol Map of
Publisher: Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources
Country: United States
Year: 1987
Series: Geologic Map
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of (1) WA, SW: Geol Map of
Title: WA-SW, State of
Publisher: Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources
Country: United States
Year: 1987
Series: Topo Map
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of WA-SW, State of
Title: Mt St Helens, Geol Map of
Publisher: Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources
Country: United States
Year: 1987
Series: OFR
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Mt St Helens, Geol Map of
Title: Mt Adams, Geol Map of
Publisher: Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources
Country: United States
Year: 1987
Series: OFR
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Mt Adams, Geol Map of
Title: Hood River, Geol Map of
Publisher: Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources
Country: United States
Year: 1987
Series: OFR
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Hood River, Geol Map of
Title: W US /Map of Dist, Comp, Age-Late CZ Volc Centers
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1984
Series: MI
Map Type: Geology (Volcano)
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of W US /Map of Dist, Comp, Age-Late CZ Volc Centers
Title: Dist, Thickness, Mass of Tephra from Volcanoes
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1983
Series: MFS
Map Type: Geology (Volcanic Hazard)
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of Dist, Thickness, Mass of Tephra from Volcanoes
Title: Distribution, Comp, & Age of L Cen Volcan, Cascade Range, NW US
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1983
Series: MI
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Distribution, Comp, & Age of L Cen Volcan, Cascade Range, NW US
Title: Hood River
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1982
Series: 1:100 Scale Metric
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Hood River
Title: Map SHowing Distribution, Composition, and Age of Late Cenozoic Volcanic Centers in Oregon and Washington
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1982
Series: Misc Investigations
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Map SHowing Distribution, Composition, and Age of Late Cenozoic Volcanic Centers in Oregon and Washington
Title: Mt Adams
Publisher: USGS w/ BLM & US Forest Service
Country: United States
Year: 1978
Series: 1:100 Scale Metric
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Mt Adams
Title: Mt St Helens
Publisher: BLM
Country: United States
Year: 1978
Series: Surface Minerals
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Mt St Helens
Title: Volc Rocks & Unconsol Deposits: St Helens <4500 yr
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1978
Series: B
Map Type: Geology (Volcano)
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Volc Rocks & Unconsol Deposits: St Helens <4500 yr
Title: Areas of Potential Hazards from St Helens
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1978
Series: B
Map Type: Geology (Volcanic Hazard)
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Areas of Potential Hazards from St Helens
Title: Geothermal Energy Resources of the Western United States
Publisher: ERDA and USGS
Country: United States
Year: 1977
Map Type: Cultural (Geothermal Resources)
Scale: 1:1,250,000
Map of Geothermal Energy Resources of the Western United States
Title: Hoquiam
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1974
Series: V502
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Hoquiam
Title: Geol Map of OR W of 121st Meridian
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1961
Series: MI
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Geol Map of OR W of 121st Meridian
Title: Geol Map of WA
Publisher: WA Dept of Conservation, Division Mines & Geol
Country: United States
Year: 1961
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Geol Map of WA
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

The following 2 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections, and may be availble for research (contact the Rock and Ore Collections Manager). Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description Lava Source Collection Date
NMNH 117652-38 Basalt Bare Mountain --
NMNH 117652-39 Basalt Bare Mountain --
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