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Hoodoo Butte pictures – 2019 08/08 (Thu) 11:49 Mobile page Weather page – 48 hour, 6 hour versions
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5700′ view WNW: Hodag Chair (top)
5700′ view NW: Hodag Chair (top)
5700′ view NE: Green Chair (top)
4400′ – Hogg Rock, US20 @ milepost 79
5700′ view ESE: Cache Mountain
5400′ view S: Mt Washington, N&M Sisters
5400′ view NNW: Maxwell Butte
5400′ view NNE: Mt Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack
5400′ view NE: ‘Ed Thurston Chair (top)
5000′ view NNE: Manzanita Chair (top)
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5000′ view NE: Manzanita Chair
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5000′ view E: Black Butte
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4800′ view SE: Easy Rider Chair (top)
4800′ view S: Hayrick Butte
4800′ view SSW: Hoodoo Butte
4800′ – Autobahn (tubing)
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4700′ view W: Headwall (base area)
4700′ view NW: Hoodoo Bowl (base area)
4700′ – Parking Lot (center)
4700′ – Parking Lot (south) w/ Camper Row
Random shot #1
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Random shot #2
(~weekly update)
Random shot #3
(~weekly update)
Random shot #4, 5, 6
(~weekly update)

3839′ – US20 Milepost 75 – Santiam Jct East & West
c/o ODOT TripCheck

4817′ – US20 Milepost 80 – Santiam Pass
c/o ODOT TripCheck

3222′ – US20 Milepost 100 – Sisters
c/o ODOT TripCheck
Other nearby ODOT Cameras:
4252′ – US20 Milepost 64 – Tombstone Summit
645′ – US20 Milepost 31 – Sweet Home / Foster Res.
1670′ – OR22 Milepost 48, 51 – Detroit RS, ODOT
Hayrick Butte, Hoodoo Bowl & Butte
Looking south from “Easy-Rider” lift
“Green” & “Manzanita” lifts
Hoodoo Butte – north side & wind sensors
Mt Jefferson, Three-Fingered Jack, Hogg Rock
Looking north from top of Hoodoo Butte
Mt Washington, Big Lake
Looking south-southeast from top of Hoodoo Butte
To: Hoodoo Ski Area’s main page.

The Views

At various places on and around Hoodoo Butte there are cameras with views of the local mountains or other features of interest. The primary reason for having cameras is to allow the Ski Patrol radio dispatcher to see what’s happening at various places on the hill. The tops of the chair lifts are of particular interest to them.

Additional cameras have been added to help weather station users understand the current local weather conditions. These views attempt to include items both near and far, so that conditions can be better understood in the event of reduced visibility.

Some cameras were added for the view on a clear day. Clouds may obscure views from higher or lower camera sites under different conditions, so the redundant views of various mountains in the background can be useful to understand where cloud deck tops and bottoms are located.

Camera locations are constrained by power and communication resources, and year-round usefulness. Opportunities are limited, but interesting views will be added where possible.

Sand Mountain
  • Looking southwest
Hodag Chair
  • Looking west-northwest
Green Chair (top)
  • Looking northeast
Hogg Rock
  • From the top of Hoodoo Butte
  • Highway US20 @ milepost 79
  • Hogg Rock is a “tuya
Black Butte & Cache Mountain
  • Looking east-southeast from top of Hoodoo Butte
Mt Washington, Three Sisters & Big Lake
  • Looking south-southeast from ‘Ed lift
Maxwell Butte
  • Looking north-northwest
Mt Jefferson & Three-Fingered Jack
  • Looking north-northeast
‘Ed Thurston Chairlift (top)
  • Looking northeast
Manzanita chairlift (top)
  • Looking north
  • View includes Three Fingered Jack & Hogg Rock
Manzanita – Northeast view
  • Looking northeast from the Manzanita lift
Black Butte
  • Looking east from the Manzanita lift
Easy Rider chairlift (top)
  • Looking southeast
Hayrick Butte
  • Looking south
  • View includes the Easy-Rider lift and North Lodge
  • Hayrick Butte is a “tuya
Hoodoo Butte
  • Looking southwest
  • View includes Hoodoo Bowl & Headwall
  • Manually inserted picture (~weekly)
  • Looking southwest from the South Lodge
Base Area
  • Looking west-northwest from the South Lodge
  • View includes bottom of Green and Manzanita lifts
Parking Lot (center)
  • Near the new lodge’s ticket window
Parking Lot (right)
  • Looking southeast
  • View includes “Camper Row” & Hayrick Butte
Random shot #1
Santiam Junction
  • Looking east from the sign bridge
    ~ US20 mp 75 & ORE22 mp 81
  • View of passing lanes & chain-up area
  • Camera view c/o ODOT’s TripCheck
Santiam Pass
  • Looking east from near the top of Santiam Pass
  • View includes highway US20 between milepost 80 and 81
  • Camera view c/o ODOT’s TripCheck


  1. A new picture is taken every six minutes.
    – This web page is updated every twelve minutes.

  2. Pictures will generally not be updated after twilight, after it gets too dark to get good pictures.
    – The sun is more than four degrees below the horizon.
    – Pictures of roads and parking areas will be updated at night, since this could be of use to late-night travelers.
    – Pictures of night skiing areas will be updated for days (Fri & Sat) and times (until 9PM) and dates when it’s likely to be happening.

  3. When visibility is reduced by clouds, fog, or precipitation, here’s what you might not be seeing (sorted by elevation).

    Looking to the North & West Elevation
    Mt Jefferson 10497 012 19.4
    Three-Fingered Jack
    (Treeline on south ridge)
    020 5.7
    Maxwell Butte 6229 347 4.4
    Crescent Mtn
    (over the Hodag lift’s operator shack)
    5750 287 10.9
    Hogg Rock
    (US20 milepost 79.5)
    015 1.3

    In the area Elevation
    Hoodoo Butte (top) 5700
    Hayrick Butte 5520 South 0.8
    ‘Ed Chairlift top – Trees in south view 5400 South 0.02
    Manzanita Chairlift top 5000 North 0.05
    Hogg Rock – US 20 @ milepost 79 4400 North 1.6
    Santiam Pass – US 20 @ milepost 81 4817 East 0.5
    Parking lot & “Camper Row” 4700 South 0.01 – 0.2

    Looking to the South & East Elevation
    North Sister 10085 162 17.1
    Middle Sister 10047 165 18.2
    Mt Washington
    (North ridge tree line)
    156 5.3
    Black Butte 6436 091 12.3
    Big Lake 4644 164 2.1

  4. Views to the east and west are hard on the cameras. Since we want to have some portion of the sky in the picture, at some times of the year the camera will be pointed at a rising or setting sun.
    • This used to destroy TV cameras. Newer CCD-based cameras seem to tolerate this abuse. In case it matters, the following notes will be retained:
    • ‘Ed chair camera – Between 25 April and 12 August, the morning sun
    • Base area camera – Between ~27 May and ~12 August, the evening sun.
    • Easy Rider camera – During the short days of the year, the morning sun.
    • Hodag chair camera – Spring & Summer sunsets (May-to-August)(dates not determined)

  5. Other nearby web cameras:

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  7. Related information:
  • 2016 01/10 – Visual Tour #1 (5 high-definition camera views) & #2 (16 views from 5 locations)
  • 2018 02/17 – For those who follow what’s happening in this neighborhood . . . Santiam Lodge (located just across highway US20 from Hoodoo) may be re-opening to visitors. The official web site for Friends of Santiam Pass Ski Lodge invites you to learn about, follow, and maybe lend a hand in this restoration effort. You can also Google “Santiam Lodge” for other links about the lodge’s history.
  • 2019 06/26 – Lightning storm damage took-out commercial power to the network node at the top of Manzanita. A solar powered work-around restored the network connections (so we can communicate with the top of the hill), but the cameras at Manzanita are not set-up to run off the solar panels. -> No new pictures from Manzanita until commercial power is restored.
  • 2019 08/02 – Manzanita pictures manually taken and posted. They are “current”, but will not be automatically updated . . .