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Beautiful hike today up to Pechuck. Saw tons of avalanche lilies, trilliums and a few glacier lilies and wind flowers. the lookout is really cool and clean (smells a bit like pot inside but we aired it out a bit) took a summit nap on the big rocks out back and hiked down to the Jefferson view. Special day. No snow at all. We were the only ones there.

Beautiful hike! Still a lot of snow. Had to punch through and trail find, but it was great!

I tried going there a few days ago and ran into too much snow on the road about 1.5 miles from trailhead.

Tried to get to it yesterday. Stopped by snow at 3600 ft. Did not have 4WD

snowshoeing
1 month ago

What a hidden gem! I attempted to get to Rooster Rock as well but the snow was too deep and fog too heavy, I didn’t really know where I was going. This trail is pretty easy to navigate in the snow being on a ridgeline most of the way. The lookout was cozy! Basic first aid kit and other tools and supplies are available. The gravel road up to the trailhead after crossing over the river was in good shape. Most vehicles should be able to make it. In the winter though, probably need 4WD or AWD. You may not need snowshoes to get up there but it made my life a lot easier!

Great Hike thru western forests. some steep area's and there were a few snow drifts left. And yes the lookout smells of weed. I'll check it out again in the summer when the shutters are off.

hiking
3 months ago

This one is a butt kicker right at the jump but slow and steady wins the race and the lookout is pretty cool (although it reeks of weed and mold during the winter!) I would call this one challenging due to the steep switchbacks but an awesome view and well worth the 185 BPMs for the first mile!!

Snow on the trail right now it was a little sketching nearing the peak. The views were beautiful all the way up saving the best for last. Definitely worth it if you got a couple hours or 3 to spare.

hiking
5 months ago

hardly a trace of snow, still cold! trail in good condition although a lot of down timber. no rat traffic in the lookout at night! use the hand saw and leave some wood to dry inside. trees surrounding the lookout are blocking the view. Not my call to do anything about it! Cheers.

Amazing hike! Went all the way up to the tarn and it was worth it, saw a goat as well! Ended up doing this hike after running into closure left and right due to fires in Sept. Road to get to the trail head was long and bumpy... had to drive slow to get there in my small sedan. Only passes two people the entire time on the hike.

Amazing!
Hiked up to the saddle and ran into Oregon Field Guide film crew camped out up top waiting to document the eclipse. There was a herd of mountain goats clambering up the face Three fingered Jack. A blue green pool that feeds Canyon Creek lies behind a moraine in a cirque at the base of the gigantic sheer cliffs. Opposite the mountain, east of the saddle you can scramble up to a spire-like remnant. It is comprised of layered rock that matches up with layers that are visible high on the towering face of Three Fingered Jack, now separated by thousands of feet of empty space where mountain once stood, evidence of major erosion at work!

Beautiful hike! We hiked Vista Ridge to Elk Cove, and the flowers are amazing right now. This is a very easy, mild hike. We saw several families with young kids headed out for overnight trips. Road conditions: We drove from Zig Zag up Lolo Pass to the trailhead, and there are several large potholes/ditches on Lolo Pass (they span the width of the road so you can't go around them). A high-clearance vehicle is necessary! I have an SUV but do not have 4WD and almost got stuck in one of the ditches. A friend in a sedan could not make it over. If you don't have a vehicle to get you through these areas, maybe try coming from Hood River.

There are two routes to take - if you turn off at Civil road, you can reach a trail head that's only .9 miles from the top if you're looking for a shorter excursion. But then you miss all the shady bits! It is beautiful all the way up from the lower trailhead. Really, it is a smooth, open path (no scrambling over rocks or anything), but probably rated hard for the unrelenting upward trend on a series of switchbacks. We passed at least two benches on the way up if you need a breather and the look out platform has amazing views (and assertive, fat chipmunks). We went in August, so missed some of the really beautiful wildflowers and the trail in places was almost powdery with deep, loose dirt which led to a couple of slippery spots.

on Pechuck Lookout

hiking
9 months ago

Short trail. The beginning is pretty tough but it gets easier after you get to the ridge. Once at the top, take the trail to the left to go to Rooster Rock or go right to Peachuck Lookout. The trail begins across from the billboard. There is another trail that leads from the parking lot which I assume is an old fire access road, but am unsure. We made the mistake of going down it. It didn't seem trafficked at all. There is a small mound at the beginning of that trail, don't go there. The beginning of this trail starts climbing pretty rapidly.

Wonderful hike! Weather was perfect.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a fantastic hike. I went during the week and did not see a single other person. Beware of the bear and cougar in the area. I encountered a large bear in the parking area at the trail head. The lookout is very well taken care of, and the trail is maintained. It is a good example of a moderate difficulty trail with some ups and downs and a few flat areas.

hiking
9 months ago

Getting ready to go there for the first time on Monday. Anyone know it there is still water in the creeks etc? Just wondering how much I should pack in. Thanks

hiking
9 months ago

We were there last weekend. We got lucky because there was a break in the smoke, which meant clear skies next to the mountain. Some of the daisies and beargrass had already finished blooming, but there was a ton of lupin and paintbrush out. It's a very beautiful place.

The prettiest part is the lower meadow, which is where the loop ends. You can go another mile to the upper meadow which is near the base of three-fingered jack. We stopped there, but you can also go further up to see the lake and a lookout point.

On the loop back be sure to pick the huckleberries. There's about a mile stretch where the trail is bordered by huckleberry bushes everywhere.

backpacking
9 months ago

Are backpackers allowed to camp anywhere on the trail?

backpacking
9 months ago

Are backpackers allow to camp anywhere along the trail?

Excellent

Great view, Wildflowers, sage, and volcanic formations. My GPS said it was .8 miles from the Trail head to the top. Not sure why it's rated as hard because it was pretty easy and short.

trail running
9 months ago

Rough road to the trailhead, but with great views and excellent trail to bomb down. Midweek evening still saw backpackers but few others on trail

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Stunning views!

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hiking
9 months ago

Wow! What a spectacular hike! We hiked up to the saddle and were treated to great views of Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, the Three Sisters and Broken Top. The wild flowers were out in abundance as well as literally hundreds of Tiger butterflies. We saw mountain goats off in the distance. I uploaded several pictures and a gpx file.

Just did this hike today to the lower meadow. I was a little confused about the loop. I followed the signs to Canyon Creek meadow, no problem. There are still just a few spots of snow but nothing you can't easily skirt. The lupines are in full bloom and there are some paint brush scattered here and there. I must have passed a dozen dogs and their owners. Not a one of those dogs were on leashes. So I guess that is more of a suggestion than a rule. I started the hike at 1000 and it was already quite warm on the sunny side of the hike. I saw many people heading up to the upper meadow but I have no personal info on the conditions.

Don't let the beginning of the trail scare you. The grade mellows out and changes to switchbacks pretty quickly. Beautiful wildflowers and great views of Jefferson and the Cascades! No water on the trail, can get hot at the bottom, but breeze on the ridge is awesome!

My family is planning to hike this week - a bit concerned about snow levels - any updates after all this gorgeous HOT weather we've been having?

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