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This may be long... I went backpacking with a friend and stayed in the upper meadow. We had read reviews regarding the heat and dogs and since I had mine we decided to get there early. We left the parking lot at 10:30 on the Jack Creek trail headand though it was only in the 70’s the direct sunlight was blazing hot. The first part of the trail has little to no shade which made it a little tough for the pup. He had some water and kept on truckin.’ At the junction you can take the old summit trail to the right or the canyon creek/glacier trail to the left. We chose left. It’s a gradual incline with only one little lake as a water source if you should need it. Once you reach the top it gradually turns in to lush forest and is a nice reprieve. After another 20 or so minutes of hiking we met another junction that leads to a one way trail (which meets up with summit to make a loop) or the meadows trail on the left. This is where you meet up with canyon creek and get a real idea of how beautiful the area is. The wildflowers are in full bloom and the view of 3 Fingered Jack is epic. It’s a great stopping point to refill water and eat a snack. TONS of butterflies and unfortunately mosquitos. Just bring some spray and you’ll be ok! We saw a spot near the junction that looked like others had camped at. Please be aware that this is wilderness and it is a fineable offense to camp/have a fire within 100 feet of a water source! We went to check out the glacier trail. There will be a sign that says trail not ma brained but it really seemed so to us. You will walk through some truly Georgia meadow with streams veining the landscape everywhere. We camped just before the real upper meadow. And hiked the glacier when the sun was going down. The meadow is beautiful and the glacier lake is so pretty. Be advised that it is a rocky steep ascent and those rocks are quite loose! The view is beautiful. Here you can see some of the surrounding mountains. We did not climb all the way up as we were quite hungry. I would like to reiterate that the mosquitos are BAD. We ate later than we should have and went to hang our food for the night. While there we heard a very close almost gagging growl noise that scared the crap out of us. We couldn’t see what it was so we backed away slowly and headed back to camp. There were some deer that tried to come up to the camp and made no moves when we made a ruckus (in case we potentially encountered a bear). We went to sleep and had no problems. The next day we hiked up to wasco lake. We went early and the sun was quite hot still! BRING DOG BOOTIES. I cannot stress this enough. Wasco lake is definitely worth the hike! There is no shade at the junction but the creeks follows the one way trail and it’s easy to refill. There’s no shade until you walk at least half way around the lake. It’s not as silty as you may guess and it’s the perfect temperature for a dip. We saw some fish jump out of the water and a curious deer. My takeaways are really bring some mesquite repellent, bring dog booties if it’s mildly hot and bring layers. It’s hot but the temp could drop considerably over night or become windy. One other thing to consider for hot weather: coming from the trailhead you can take the old summit trail which goes through quit a bit of burnt forest and is a bit longer BUT you will run into the creek sooner than if you take the glacier trail. Glacier trail is shorter but you’ll hit some shade faster than old summit. This was my first backpacking trip and I plan on doing it again!!

What a spectacular hike! Lots of wildflowers and millions of butterflies. The color of the lake at the base of Three Fingered Jack was unreal. Don't use Google maps for directions. Trust your trail book.

hiking
3 days ago

Bring bright flashlights for every person who visits. Use the bathroom before you go. Mind the limited hours and days because you can only visit when it's staffed and open. Dress for warmth in 42 degrees fahrenheit even in the summer - it's ALWAYS that temperature! I have been to the Lava River Cave several times over the years. This review is for my favorite time in July 2007 when I went with my 3 best friends from high school. It was a blast! My friend Jim and I climbed to the upper tube in one area - a considerable challenge. The length is inaccurate on AllTrails. It is just over a mile to the end of the cave, so 2 miles out and back. Of course you don't have to go all the way to the end. There are points where the tube is very cramped (you have to bend over or even crawl) while other places it is huge, with the ceiling towering overhead. The cave is a rather crowded touristy area with a manned booth and various rules, but that can actually help it feel "safer" or less "creepy." There are other less known and less crowded caves around, but this is a good one to take visitors who are new to the area.

hiking
3 days ago

Super easy hike for our three young hikers. Beauty surrounds from the views afar to the ones under your feet. We were surrounded by butterflies, flowers and millions of tadpoles!!! Highly recommend for young family's or even just someone needing a break from the every day errands in life.

backpacking
4 days ago

We backpacked in and spent the night in the upper meadow. It was gorgeous! We were there 7/14-7/15 and saw lots of goats on both days. There were a few babies too! The flowers were beautiful and so fragrant. This is going on the list to do every year.

We hiked this 2 weeks ago and again 7/15. So many more flowers - and it looks like they're not even close to bloomed out. Beautiful hike, beautiful views, but sadly, no goats this last time.

Awesome views of lake and mt bachelor. Easy hike with lovely wildflowers and trickling streams

backpacking
5 days ago

Completed as a quick overnight. Arrived late afternoon on the Saturday and was quite surprised that we were able to get a parking spot. Most people were day hikers and were leaving as we were headed up. The mosquitoes were out in full force, but our bug spray kept most away. Pretty views of the sunset glow on Broken Top and sunrise glow on South Sister.

hiking
5 days ago

It was awesome, minus the mosquitos! We forgot bug repellent so that is on us. We plan to do this one again soon.

hiking
7 days ago

Great family hike. The third lake is definitely the best! Beautiful view almost the entire hike.

backpacking
10 days ago

This hike is great. The side trail to the glacier is a must. Mountain Goats on the ridge. The rocks are loose around the glacier so be aware of that. We had deer come into camp. It was a nice hike.

We hiked the loop this weekend as a training hike for a bigger expedition later this year. This trail is easy unless you take the side trip to the saddle. The saddle makes the trip more challenging. The loop is easy. There were somehow no bugs this past weekend of July 7th. The wildflowers will be spectacular this next weekend for a few weeks. It’s refreshing to walk in the shade as most of this hike skirts a burn from a while back. However I would NOT bring a dog on this trail wo booties. It’s HOT when not shaded and it’s exposed for long periods of time in dog-clock minutes. And please pack out the poo.

It’s a one way trail due to the amount of usage. The views of Three Fingered Jack are amazing and we did see mountain goats. We also heard that someone got close to a male goat. This is a good way to die. Read about the hiker killed in the Olympics a while back for getting too close.

Make sure you have a NW Forest Pass on your car. Plenty of tickets were issued last weekend.
Great hike!

hiking
11 days ago

It was a great hike! Did it with a 20 lb pack and it wasn’t too bad (I’m new to hiking) The trail is maintained very well and the lake is beautiful from every angle. Plan to do again and hammock out over night!

Beautiful hike! Some wildflowers but more to come in the next few weeks, I think.

Great trail, but I’d recommend being careful with your dog up there on hot days! I went up there this afternoon (about 80 degrees) with my dog and found that a lot of people (that were hiking with their pups) were having to turn around and/or carry their dogs out because the sun soaked portion of the trail was waaay too hot for their dogs paws and the dogs were unable to walk. I had my dogs Ruffwear mountain booties on him and he did great, but without them, I don’t think it would have worked out too well.

I'm sure this hike or nature hike would have been nice. But I went with a big group and some of us didn't meet the requirements. which the requirements were...

-have a sweater or jacket
-have flashlight not cellphone light
-our groups would have been split up.

which the last part would have been fine. but when coming to his place, I did my research and it said flashlight but it did not say no cellphone light allow. next time for sure I'll be going with a smaller group and being more prepared.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy precursor to connecting with the Broken Top Loop Trail to see Noname Lake. Or use as a cool down after concluding the 14 mile round trip to the top of Broken Top

it was stunning..start early the parking lot is packed

A nice easy hike with loads of waterfalls! Very dusty, but worth the hike up to the bridge.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike with Golden Retrievers (on leash) in July. Start early - this is a popular trail. You’ll need mosquito repellant!

Bring $5 for a pass in the parking area, and don’t forget to get a free backcountry permit at the trailhead.

Such a gorgeous hike! Not much snow in the lower meadow and very little at the upper meadow. Glad we had poles to get up to the body of water right under Three Finger Jack. Spotted several mountain goats and even some babies! While the wild flowers are early there were many and so many butterflies! Get there early, it got busy as the day went on. Definitely in my top 5 right now.

Loved this hike it had everything would highly recommend this hike.

June 29, snow and runoff on trail lower meadow, abundant snow upper meadow. Shooting stars, some penstemon, few bear grass. Too early for most flowers. Quite a few people.

Such a beautiful scenery! My young boys (10 and 3) enjoyed this trial very much!

Still a ton of snow on Memorial Day making it hard to find the trail in places- had to follow the GPS. Went early in the day and had the place to our selves. Saw 4 mountain goats at the top of the bowl. DO NOT follow google maps from camp Sherman - it took us down a steep forest service road that was not wide enough resulting in a ton of brush scratches

hiking
25 days ago

Hardly a hike, but absolutely beautiful.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

One of my favorites in the area, and today was no different. Just small patches of snow left here and there. Mosquitoes were in full force - I forgot the bug spray and got destroyed.

One of my favorite hikes of Central Oregon, this is my 7th time hiking it! pretty easy hike. Starts along the creek by some beautiful waterfalls and makes it's way to the base of south sister. Makes good trail running if your up for it. very pretty!

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