Santiam Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.468m (4,817ft) located in the Cascade Range in central Oregon in the United States.
The pass, known by several names, including Lakes Pass, Minto Pass, and Hogg Pass, is traversed by the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway. It is located on the border of Linn and Jefferson counties. The pass was discovered in 1859 by Andrew Wiley and was named for the Santiam Indians, a Kalapooian tribe living near the Santiam River. This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. As you climb to Santiam Pass, you’ll see a side road for Hoodoo Ski Area which features downhill and cross-country skiing from December to March. Hoodoo Ski Area, which opened in about 1940 and operates under a U.S. Forest Service special-use permit, is located just south of the summit.
Pic: Alejandro Cuba Ruiz