Humbug Mountain, Port Orford

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Humbug Mountain, Port Orford

by | Dec 25, 2018

Humbug Mountain lies entirely within Humbug Mountain State Park on the southern coast of Oregon. It is located about 6 miles (10 km) south of Port Orford, and 21 miles (34 km) north of Gold Beach. The mountain summit is 1,756 feet (535 m) above sea level and is one of the highest mountains in Oregon to rise directly from the ocean. 

Humbug Mountain was originally known as Me-tus by the indigenous Tututni people. American settlers initially named it Sugarloaf Mountain, but the peak received its current name in 1851 when Port Orford founder Captain William Tichenor sent several men on foot to explore the area and search for a route through the Coast Range. Tichenor directed the explorers to go around or near the high mountain south of Port Orford. The weary men returned in a few days, having become lost in deep ravines and thick forest and not finding anything like a route to the interior. They disgustedly pointed to the peak and pronounced the whole affair “Tichenor’s Humbug”.

Humbug Mountain was created in the early Cretaceous period, about 130 million years ago, when the Klamath microcontinent collided with North America causing the uplift of primordial mountains mostly composed of sandstone. Plutonic intrusions made these mountains relatively resistant to erosion resulting from heavy winter rains. Humbug Mountain represents one of these ancient mountains. Near the summit, evidence of these processes can be found in rock outcrops of granite and sandstone. Read more here and here. Download the latest version of the CoastView app and explore more of Humbug Mountain here:

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