And keep walking you should, at least to the next pass - about 15 minutes beyond - between Porcupine Peak and the northwest shoulder of Three Fingered Jack. At this pass, the sheer walls of the north face of Three Fingered Jack come into play. Words fail. Far below, you can make out the meadows of Canyon Creek - a very popular hike in its own...more
About 20 minutes from the first Three Fingered Jack stop, you come to a small pass from which the way north becomes visible. Mush of the central region of the Mt Jefferson Wilderness Area is now seen. Red Cinder Cone and Marion Lake. Many other lakes lie hidden. A literal sea of peaks awaits your identification.more
If you have reached the first viewpoint of the Jack, then continue. The PCT is faily level for the next couple of miles. Walk further north and look to the everwidening view to the west over innumerable peaks in the fron Cascade ranges - you can even make out Coast Range peaks like Marys Peak beyond Corvallis. Above your head, the crags and...more
Just before reaching the first Three Fingered Jack viewpoint, there is a short way trail leading to a grand spot where you can look out south over Santiam Pass and the mountains beyond. Wilderness pervails and glaciated volcamoes pierce the skyline - the Three Sisters, Broken Top, Mt Bachelor. The spire of Mt Washington and ski area of Hoodoo along...more
US 20 crests the Oregon Cascades at Santiam Pass. At the pass, the Pacific Crest Trail leads one north or south. South into the Mt Washington Wilderness Area. North into the Mt Jefferson Wilderness Area. There is a large parking lot on the north side of US 20 - you need to pay either the self-issue daily parking fee or have an annual NW Forest...more
The path continues upward following the moraine crest until you reach a pass right at the base of the east wall of Three Fingered Jack. During August and September, the path is just very steep - a bit loose, too. Other times you will be dealing with snow. In such cases, proceed only if you are comfortable with the terrain and conditions....more
Slow, but sure, you gain the top of the moraine. The view is stunning. The north face of Three Fingered lifts straight up over 2000 feet above you. A small glacier feeds a cream-colored lake far below you. This is one of the most dramatic north faces in the Oregon Cascades (north sides of Mt Hood and Mt Thielsen being the other two). It is another...more
Acres of beautiful alpine meadows lying at the foot of the Three Fingered Jack make up the Canyon Creek Meadows. The trail is very well traveled on summer weekends when hundreds visit. It is only two miles into the lower meadows and only about a 300-foot gain making the way very easy. The trailhead begins at Jack Lake - which is in turn, about 11...more
To limit the number of people you meet on the trail, a four-mile loop goes out from the Jack Lake trailhead. The Forest Service asks you to go clockwise, turning left at the first trail junction. Coming down from above, you return to the lower meadow and follow Canyon Creek as it babbles along, reaching your return leg - the Wasco Lake trail - just...more
13375 SW Forest Service Rd. #1419, Camp Sherman, Oregon, 97730, United States
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The food is as good as you decide to pack along!!
Favorite Dish: As is always the case with mtncorgs or mtndachs, share a bit of your lunch with them. They have worked harder than you to reach these spots of heaven on earth. A little piece of meat, cheese or bread, but, please, no chocolate.
Again, the upper trail out of Canyon Creek Meadows is the most picturesque and wild section, but it can be dangerous with ice and snow. Ski poles will help out a lot. Four-wheel drive ain't bad either!
Three Finger Jack is not a hard climb - rated as class 3, though there is one short 5.1 section. A rope is a good thing to bring along as is a helmet for the possibilty of rockfall. You go straight up through the forests - not the visible rock scar on the south side. Near the top, follow obvious bootpaths to a large gendarmewhich you pass on the right. Most people get down on there hands and knees here - exposure is straight down 800 feet!! - and hence this part is known as The Crawl. Rock gets more crumbly the further up you go. The top is small -- unless you are a corgi.
Equipment: Climbing helmet, rope, climbing harness, couple runners and pieces of protection if downclimbing is not to your liking or your dog is along.