Yellowjacket Loop is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Glide, OR and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until October.
Very beautiful hike! I was unaware of the full length of the trail and didn't set out to start until about 4 p.m. It took us about 4 hours round trip and that accounts for the 30 minutes detour around the 2 bears!! We saw a mother and older cub Bear as well as a herd of elk on our way back to the car. We most definitely came unprepared so it came as quite a fright seeing as we had no means of defense. I got some amazing photos and we managed to get back safely so it's safe to say it was a great hike. The trails are a little steep and if it's warm you'll sweat a lot, so bring lots of water as there are no fountains or rest stops.
Fun trail with a couple good views, deep forests and open meadows. Not much elevation change
This is a beautiful hike that originates at Hemlock Lake. The loop is triangular in shape and the first leg takes you through some long beautiful meadows and is a gradual climb uphill. At the end of the switchbacks is a side trail that takes you to the top of a mountain but we did not take that. The end of the first leg ends with a great view overlooking the terrain to the south. at this point you are in an old 1970's clear cut as evidenced by the large stumps and the lack of replanting. The second leg of the triangle takes you uphill for the first half to the highest point in the hike at 5250 feet in elevation. From this viewpoint you can look down and see Hemlock Lake. The second half of this leg ends at Dead Cow Lake which is not much to write home about, basically a large shallow, moss overgrown pond. From here you turn back north to the third leg of the triangle which is all downhill. The trail splits at Hemlock Lake and you can choose to go right to the boat ramp and a walk around the rest of the lake or turn left and end back where you started from.