Hoodoo Butte pictures - 2017 03/29 (Wed) 00:13 - Mobile page - Weather page - 48 hour, 6 hour version
5700' View SW: Sand Mountain
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5700' View NW: Hodag Chair (top)
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5700' View NE: Green Chair (top)
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5400' view NNW: Maxwell Butte
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5400' -> Mt Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack
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5400' - 'Ed Thurston Chair (top)
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5000' - Manzanita Chair (top)
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5000' - Manzanita Chair - view NE
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5400' -> Mt Washington, N&M Sisters
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4800' - Easy Rider Chair (top)
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4800' view S: Hayrick Butte
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4800' view SSW: Hoodoo Butte
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4700' - Headwall (base area)
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4700' - Hoodoo Bowl (base area)
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4800' - Autobahn (tubing)
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4400' - US20 milepost 79 - Hogg Rock
4700' - Parking Lot (center)
4700' - Parking Lot (south) & Camper Row
Random shot #1
(~weekly update)
Random shot #2
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Random shot #3, 4
(~weekly update)

3839' - US20 Milepost 75 - Santiam Jct East & West
c/o ODOT TripCheck - Western Oregon

4817' - US20 Milepost 80 - Santiam Pass
c/o ODOT TripCheck - State-wide

3222' - US20 Milepost 100 - Sisters
c/o ODOT TripCheck - Central Oregon
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
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
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
Mt Washington, Three Sisters & Big Lake
  • Looking south-southeast
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
  • Looking southwest from the South Lodge
Base Area
  • Looking west-northwest from the South Lodge
  • View includes bottom of Green and Manzanita lifts
  • Manually inserted picture (~weekly)
Hogg Rock
  • From the top of Hoodoo Butte
  • Highway US20 @ milepost 79
  • Hogg Rock is a "tuya"
Parking Lot (center)
  • Near the new lodge's ticket window
Parking Lot (right)
  • Looking southeast
  • View includes "Camper Row" & Hayrick Butte
Random Shot #1
  • Taken in the course of the weekly walk-about
Random Shot #2 Random Shot #3
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.

  5. Other nearby web cameras:

  6. If you have ideas for improvements to this picture page, please Email them to "".

  7. Related information:
  • 2016 01/10 - Visual Tour #1 (4 high-definition camera views) & #2 (pairs of views from 6 locations)
  • 2016 11/19 - Placed 24" snow stake on lodge deck railing. 2" white & black bands.
  • 2016 12/09 - Trying a third camera at Manzanita: "View South - North side of Hoodoo Butte"
  • 2017 03/03 - The ODOT camera in Sisters looks to have been moved due to construction, and they are using a different name for the view, so this web page will attempt to display both the old and "new" views in hopes that one or the other will be available. (Until late June)

  • 2017 08/21 ~10:15AM (PDT) - Solar eclipse visible in Oregon: A small fraction of the state gets to see a total eclipse (see map of totality track & times). Highway US20 from Newport to Sisters looks to be in the path. Bend is too far south to experience totality. Stayton and Madras are near perfectly situated.

    If you are in the area an hour's drive might be worth considering, to experience a longer totality by getting closer to the center of the track, or to find a location with clearer sky. (This will be in the middle of wildfire season.) A partial eclipse will be visible for about 70 minutes before and after totality.

    The next nearby total solar eclipse will be August 12, 2045, in northern California, in case that date or location fits your schedule better.

    How to safely observe the sun c/o SPACE.com: