Canyon Creek Meadows Loop

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Canyon Creek Meadows Loop is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Camp Sherman, OR that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.5 miles 1127 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

blowdown

Beautiful flower meadows and a hike up the East side of Three Fingered Jack. This very popular loop route takes you on a tour of a high alpine meadow, with bubbling Canyon Creek flowing through it. In addition, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the jagged spires of Three Fingered Jack, the eroded core of an extinct 100,000-year-old volcano. This is a really beautiful hike with so many points of interest. From wildflower meadows, to the grassy hill up to Three Fingered Jack, to the glacial pool, to the saddle with views of the Sisters, Washington, Jefferson and of course Three Fingered Jack right next to you. Many of the trees along the route were burned in 2003 during the B&B Complex Fires. Thankfully Canyon Creek Meadows itself was spared and still very beautiful.

2 months ago

Great easy hike! Beautiful views!

2 months ago

Great easy hike!

3 months ago

breathtakin.

backpacking
3 months ago

Excellent hike to Three Fingered Jack. This hike pretty much has it all! Lakes, open meadows, views, and a waterfall. It was a great little hike!

backpacking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful easy hike. Lovely views, wild flowers and an opportunity to observe the forests recovering after the big fire several years ago. Not a ton of camping options due the fire. We stayed the night in the upper meadow. You can access the area by cutting off the loop and head towards 3 Finger Jack( you'll see a sign that states the trail is not maintained but don't be concerned, all is well) There is plenty of fast moving water for filtering or boiling. Keep in mind that on sunny warm days there is very little shade on the trail- be prepared!

4 months ago

Everything you want in a trail !

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful wildflowers. Cool and windy so not too many mosquitoes.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail was great with lots of beautiful views. The flowers in the meadows with the stream running through looked like a Disney Princess should live there! We were there on July 17th. There were small patches of snow still around. I would recommend this to families as well!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked from Jack Lake to Minto Pass today via the northeast section of the loop. The Canyon Creek section of the trail has been cleaned up, but after crossing the creek, there is a lot of blow down to navigate. Had lunch looking down on Wasco Lake from the PCT, then went about a mile north on the PCT. More blow down but no snow. The road up to Jack Lake was in good shape. Don't forget the bug spray for the skeeters!

hiking
1 year ago

The 6 mile gravel road to the trailhead was rough, but well worth it. Beautiful hike. Most wildflower were dead, very dry.

hiking
1 year ago

well maintained ttrail, easy to follow. the water is brown, due to lack of snow this past year. great view from up on 3 finger jack. that is the part that gets your heart going...

hiking
1 year ago

Everything was really dry glacier pond was brown not green but I expected that.The trail to wasco lake was pretty nice and the lake itself was nice to soak your feet in and cold . The trail from the pond to the top is some what dangerous but if your careful once you get up there it's well worth the trouble. All in all good trail and would recommend to anybody.

hiking
1 year ago

Because of the old forest fires it isn't the most beautiful hike, but it is diverse.
Made our way to Wasco Lk and had lunch. It was very peaceful and the only noise were the birds. It was a great early spring looping hike.

hiking
1 year ago

This one comes highly recommended! With that said, I suggest waiting until late August when the snow is mostly melted and the meadows are blooming to the brim with wildflowers.

A buddy of mine and I hiked the loop as well as up to Cirque Lake and Wasco Lake. I really enjoyed the wide variety of attractions this area has to offer: Three-Fingered Jack, alpine lakes, meadows, forests, views, ponds, streams, runoffs and even a waterfall! We hiked it at the beginning of May though, so there was still a fair amount of snow (even for such a warm winter!). At the higher elevations the meadows were just beginning to recover from the winter and the snow was still en route back up the mountainside. But it was still beautiful!

If you're looking for the epitome of Central Oregon hiking, put this one on your shortlist!

1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

we went in late June, apparently a little early for the wild flowers that are supposed to bloom in early July but it was still beautiful . It was chilly weather in late June -gloves and jacket advised. We couldn't finish the trail up to Three Finger Jack due to snow that had not melted but we completed the canyon Creek Meadows loop and Jack Lake loop it was one of the most beautiful hike so never been on and the view of three finger jack from the pond is breathtaking. It's a popular trail and there's fewer people if you leave early we were on the trail by 8:30

hiking
3 years ago

Five stars if you add 500ft to the elevation gain and hike up to Three Fingered Jack's (amazing) saddleback.

It's absolutely breathtaking if you make it there in August/September and the snow is mostly gone: go past the upper meadow, past the run-off lake, and scramble up the rock trail to the left of the little lake. It's steep and shambly, but simply epic up-top (and yes, the preceding is said with a complete understanding of how ridiculous and annoying the word "epic" is). Trekking poles help here. Up top, there are stunning--stunning--views for miles (pic) and a big ol' mountain steadily throwing-off large rocks as the sound thunders around you. This is the kind of hike that puts you on top of the world and closer to "amazing" than you've ever been. It's also fairly remote and tourist-free.

The hike up there through the lower and upper meadows is exceedingly pleasant too. There are some truly picturesque places for overnight camping overlooking nice mountain meadows. Do it as a loop and pass the Wasco Lake trailhead on the way back down. Heck, why not hit Wasco Lake too?

Don't take your lowrider--the 10+ mile washboarded gravel road getting to the trailhead will rip it to pieces (which is good--no one likes your '96 Accord with the off-colored ground effects and the four-foot spoiler anyway).

hiking
4 years ago

Really great hike through devastation area - it is interesting to see the aftermath of a massive fire a decade later! Fantastic views of Three-Fingered Jack and Mt. Jefferson to the North.

My father and I went in late July and were a little disappointed to find a good deal of snow up in the meadows. Late melt, I guess. My dog, however, was thrilled. Some aggressive mosquitoes and a few spots where the trail was blocked by fallen timber, but otherwise a great hike.

hiking
6 years ago