Looking for a great trail in Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Mount Jefferson Wilderness ranging from 4.4 to 19.1 miles and from 3,103 to 6,896 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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One of my favorite 2-day backpacking trails. Nice and steady grade up the PCT. Scattered meadows, striking wildflowers, sweeping vistas. Steep downhill on Hunts Cove Trail and overgrown in areas. But whatever, we had the place to ourselves save for a few hustlers on the PCT.

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over grown
7 days ago

Great challenge. Finished in 8.5 hours but the trails are getting a little overgrown if you head up old summit. Views were awesome even with cloudy weather. I would recommend this hike to others who are set on feeling the burn. Would suggest bringing lots of water if you are planning on doing the second half in a day.

What a boring trail.....would not recommend. So many better options in the area.

8/5/2019 A path following closely to the river with only a few spots that deviate for a short time. The views were amazing specially the first falls called Sugar Falls I believe and the last Wizard Falls at the bridge to the fish hatchery. The path was dirt and mostly easy to transverse. My 8 year old had no problems except for occasional trips on jutting Lava rocks.

We just finished a wonderful two night backpacking trip with my family (including 13 year old son and 1 1/2 year old pup). We arrived at the Pamelia Lake Trailhead late in the day and spent the first night at campsite #9 at Pamelia Lake. To our surprise there were no mosquitos despite this shallow lake and what appeared to be a perfect breading ground! The chipmonks at Pamelia Lake are fearless and have scissor teeth that can cut through anything to get their prize. Beware! There were lots of ducks and geese and osprey hunting for fish on the lake. Day two we hiked up to Shale Lake. We expected to find creeks that crossed the trail to filter water but there weren't any. The trail is a gradual climb and it was fun and interesting to meet many PCT through-hikers along the way. Coyote Lake after about 6 miles was a welcome site for tired and thirsty eyes! My pup instantly flopped in the water and drank it up while cooling off her body. While stopping at the lake's edge, however, we were instantly attacked by mosquitos. We found a nice camping spot at Shale Lake with a beautiful view of Mt. Jefferson and its reflection in the water. We swam in the clear, refreshing lake water. The wildflower meadows were abundant and in bloom. The relentless mosquitos put a small damper on the experience but it was still amazing. We were able to have campfires both nights. We loved the Limited Entry Permit system that ensures no crowds and a gentle touch on this beautiful area.

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bugs
12 days ago

This was an awesome trip. We went up to Duffy, then Mowich. Followed the trek to Dixie Lakes then Santaim and back to Duffy. There was some bugs. Not a ton. Swimming was great.

hiking
12 days ago

What an amazing area. Went in for a 3 day backpacking trip. The trail did have quiet a few piles of horse poo. On our way in we passed a bunch of folks on horse back. That made for lots of flys at Duffy lake. The mosquitos were around but not terrible. If you fish bring you fly rod, the fish were jumping all over the place. Met a nice Forest Ranger gave us the skinny on where you can have camp fires and what not to do next to the lasts. All and all a great trip. Highly recommend for a day hike a family outing.

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bugs
12 days ago

Beautiful. My husband and I loved this hike. We highly suggest it. 1hr 15min each way. Lots of mosquitoes.

hiking
14 days ago

We've done this hike a few times, beginning at Duffy Lake TH and camping at Mowich. We've often had the lake to ourselves. This time we got a late start and the best camping spots were taken. The lake is beautiful - I love the reflection of Red Butte on the lake in the morning. Only three stars because of limited suitable camping and the high traffic up to Duffy Lake. We day-hiked from Mowich to Jorn on second day, then back out to the Duffy TH. Trail was pretty well beaten down but surprisingly there were still areas of ample blooming wildflowers despite the continued dry weather.

We started Sunday afternoon and ended Tuesday afternoon. it was a great hike. Beautiful weather and beautiful scenery.

Awesome loop trail. Counter clockwise is the way to go... and yes, exposed 80-90% of the time, so wear hat, bring sleeves and sunscreen. My phone clocked 28 miles however (not 22)... but I guess that's because I explored around the base of the summit a bit. Saw 23+ mountain goats, 3 deer, and countless chipmonks and birds! Great workout!

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blowdown
bugs
no shade
20 days ago

The eastern side from Wasco to santiam pass is horrible. No tree cover at all and monotonous. The portion on the PCT is great though. Not worth making it a loop.

hiking
23 days ago

This is a very pleasant and pretty hike. Lots of wild flowers including the very pretty Washington lily. No mosquitoes or water to cross. The view of Three Finger Jack at the lake made for a perfect lunch spot. So quiet along the trail and at the lake. A completely enjoyable day.

Epic hike. Beautiful trails. Even better views. You had to work for it but it was worth it.

Hiked 7/19/19. Started at 630 am going counter-clockwise and finished just after 4 pm. While this is a long hike, the trail is very clearly marked and very well maintained. Most of the trail is exposed so bring lots of water. There were only a few patches of snow on the western side. The mosquitos were not noticeably bad until I reached that part in the afternoon. Wildflowers and butterflies are currently out in full force. This is the perfect loop to get a great look at all the major peaks in the area in one hike.

Hiked up to Jefferson Park via Woodpecker trail on July 20/19. This was my first overnight backpacking trip in a long time, and I found this route strenuous (glad I didn't try the harder South Breitenbush route!). The trail starts through a burn area that lasts most of the way to Russell Creek, so there wasn't any shade and it got really hot. Once we got past Russell Creek, we got into more green forested area. Jefferson Park was beautiful, and we camped at both Scout Lake and Russell Lake. The reflections of Mt. Jefferson in Russell Lake were fantastic. Mosquitoes were really bad, but the wildflowers were in bloom, so that offset the annoyance of the bugs somewhat.

Challenging but very rewarding. We did this as a 3-night backpacking trip in mid-July 2019. The trail is in very good condition. There are a couple of tricky creek crossings, but they are all shallow enough to take off your shoes and walk across if you don’t want to balance on a log. We stayed first two nights at Hunts Lake then hiked up to PCT and down to Pamelia lake where we stayed last night. Difficult to find good places to hang food at night. Hunts Lake was very buggy, seemed like gnats all hatched at once there, probably better later in the year. The shortcut up to PCT from Hanks Lake was challenging and not clear at some points, was glad to have GPS and the AllTrails map to help me do it. Caught fish at Pamelia, was also able to swim there.

29 days ago

7/19/19. Hikes to Scout Lake from the Breitenbush Lake TH. Several large snow fields to cross heading up to the ridge. Soft snow and easy to traverse - but I did slip and slide down a small one. Jefferson Park is spectacular. Not as many wildflowers as I’d hoped but still some lupine, Indian Paintbrush, and beargrass starting. Mosquitoes were viscous in the evening (5-8pm) but once the temp dropped I was able to sit out by the lake. Road 4220 from 42 to Breitenbush Lk is ROUGH but definitely doable with the right car and going slow. I have a Subaru Forester.

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bugs
no shade
1 month ago

Fantastic trail. We walked it on the 12/13 July and there are a lot of mosquitoes around the areas with lakes, especially around Wasco lake where we camped.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike that I’m glad I did in cooler weather (it is very exposed for 90 percent of the hike due to the wildfire wiping out the forest). There were deer, wildflowers and beautiful views through the burnt trees... some snow on the north side which I was glad I had my hiking poles for traversing in a slope. Lots of mosquitoes near the lakes but not bad for the rest of the hike. We camped at Wasco lake which was beautiful and peaceful but we were annihilated by mosquitoes even with bug spray on. There is one short portion of switchbacks when going over the slope by three fingered jack where if you’re a clutz who is afraid of heights like myself your heart rate will start pumping but I did it so anyone else can do it to (just go nice and slow and keep your eyes on the ground). I recommend going counter clockwise so you can slowly work your way up without really noticing and end by going straight down. Make sure you bring plenty of water. I went through 2.5 liters before we hit a water source.

Super beautiful and finished it off with a nice swim at the lake. Not too difficult if you’re in shape and the top is spectacular. Lots of butterflies! No rangers on a Friday.

Beautiful hike up and down the river. Stellar views.

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bugs
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, lots a view points, well marked. This loop had a variety of beautiful elements from lakes to creeks with small waterfalls. Some snow on the north side, but easily passable & easy to stay on the trail. Be prepared for the mosquitos, this trail has lots of them!

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blowdown
bugs
1 month ago

Limited entry area so have your pass printed and with you. There were rangers checking so don’t take this lightly. Trail is difficult but worth the view. At least one running stream for water refill.

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