Explore the most popular forest trails in Mount Jefferson Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

On the date we traveled this trail, we used snowshoes after the first mile. Not too much blowdown. There was only one other person on the trail, and no mosquitoes. However, it's warm and the snow was melting fast. It won't be long...

We were not equipped to cross the North Santiam, so we turned back at mile 2.8. It is beautiful and lightly sloped, but this route can be busy on weekends and the trail has a spur that leads right to Big Meadow Horse Camp.

backpacking
1 month ago

Very good trail. Horse traffic a bit of a nuisance at times. Lake is gorgeous.

As previously mentioned, FR 4220 is pretty treacherous even in a jeep, but completely doable.

We hiked this trail late October and of it weren't for some previous hikers footprints and the rock stacks, we would have lost the trail entirely in the snow fields. In some areas we would sink up to our hips in the deep snow. Fun!

It's mostly an uphill hike to reach Park Butte, with some flat areas near the base of your final climb, but totally
worth it. Make sure you use the apps trail route to keep yourself on course because it's easy to get lost in the snow and in the burn areas.

Beautiful fall color!

Beautiful fall hike. The fall foliage is an amazing contrast to the clear blue waters of the river, especially with the rapids and falls. My pups loved the hike too. Right now (10/14) there’s a pine that’s fallen and splintered over the trail that’s hard for small dogs to climb over so I had to turn back early, but still seems fine for humans.

Beautiful easy hike.Follows the river the whole way. Easy to see trout and Salmon in the river. The Hatchery is a lot of fun. I went in October and the leaves were very colorful.

I would absolutely not begin this via the ollallie lake trailhead on the PCT via FR 4220 as mentioned below. This road isn't even good for your car even if you have high clearance. The entry into Jefferson Park via that route is, however, quite epic, but you can also risk getting lost in the snow fields if you go to early in the season. So if that happens, hit up Pyramid Butte, because you'll never ever want to be on FR 4220 again so you may as well do it.

At the top of the ridge (Park Butte) you'll have an epic view of a good portion of the state of Oregon. Ollallie Butte, Mt Hood and Mt Adams to the north and a spectacular view of Jefferson to the south as well as the valley that carves southwest from Park Ridge.

The descent is also epic, and the enjoying the crystal clear lakes is also an experience.

backpacking
7 months ago

Easy hike. Great views of the lake. River crossing can be a tricky!

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

Fun mellow hike but a little dusty due to the horse traffic. Duffy lake was great! The water was so refreshing and clear. Still a little bit of bugs so pack the spray.

Gorgeous day ! Didn't encounter another group of hikers til we got to the lake! No snow, creek had water but super easy to cross on rocks! Absolutely beautiful hike! Bear grass was crazy!

My favorite trail yet! Perfect if you want a long walk, with minimal elevation. I would say the trail is 75% covered/shaded but still got some sunburn on my shoulders, definitely use sunscreen if your skin is sensitive. the river refreshes you with small pockets of cool mists along the way. Very dog friendly trail but definitely advise you to bring lots of water for you and your pet when the temperatures are high. Plenty of spots at the beginning and along the way that you could stop, sit, maybe have some lunch and enjoy the river views and ambiance. Not tables, but plenty of big logs or rocks to sit on. Enjoy! Truly enjoyable! I will be back for sure!!

Oh, and don't forget to feed the fish at the hatchery! So much fun!

hiking
10 months ago

Mind blown, a river that just blasts out a side of a volcano! Bring quarters so you can feed the fish at the hatchery.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy, beautiful hike and a great escape from the valley heat in on the on the warmest day of the year. Watch your step, plenty of rocks sticking out of the ground. About 3 miles to the fish hatchery.

off road driving
11 months ago

DO NOT GO TO THIS TRAILHEAD IF YOU HAVE A SEDAN. My Nissan Altima was able to handle the road for about 20 minutes (with 2 miles still left to go) and the road was terribly rock, so much so that I had more than several "Oh shit that sounds expensive moments" which caused temporary heartbreak. If you have a truck or jeep than this drive should be fine. I eventually pulled over at a nice camping spot with a rough tepee and a fire pit already built.

I am partial to this walk as my history with Camp Sherman and the Metolius River goes back to my great grandfather who was one of the original Sherman County farmers to camp and fish here. 5 stars for beautiful scenery and for serenity. We often take beautiful places like this for granted so slow down and breath this hike in and exhale all the stuff of life away.

The trail is well maintained and will not disappoint, but keep in mind this is a hike for the soul and not necessarily for the challenge ( easy hike) The wild flowers bloom early June and many songbirds zip about. Occasionally you will see Merganzer ducks swimming the river, or see an eagle pass overhead. The ponderosa pines give off the most heavenly scent in the warm sun. The river narrows and expands along the way and also note that the river is a spring coming from the cascades (visit the headwaters). You will be treated to the sound of Quaking aspens along the way and be sure to look for the tiny blue butterflies (about as big as a button) in the meadows early summer.

I also love this trek in the fall and early morning jaunts won't disappoint.

Enjoy!

hiking
11 months ago

Went Sunday, snow starts at the Turpentine trail head, almost solid snow from a 1/4 mile past it. Dry creek bed has up to 1.5 feet of water running through it but easy to manage. Lots of trees down by can scramble around. Wanted to make it to Mowich Lake but trail became to hard to follow so looped around the backside of Duffy (lots od trees down) and halfway up Duffy Butte. Looking forward to the snow being gone.

This is a great hike. The lake is beautiful, but It's best to hike mid to late summer. There's still snow on the trail now in late May making it nearly impossible to get to the lake. There are some campsites along the lake, and there's always the option to head further on the trail to the Great Lakes Basin if you want to hike further.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Easy 6 mile trail that meanders from River to forest. Great for fishing.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

One of my favorite places to visit in Oregon. I love the entire area.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Decent hike. Some nice views on the way.

fishing
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Best hiked with a fly rod.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

That access road is the worst in Oregon. Sketchy.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fun quick hike, scenic along the river with lots of native flowers blooming

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

We thought we would be able to bike this trail since it has "mountain biking" listed in activities to do on this trail. The trailhead sign says ONLY HIKING ALLOWED. No horses, motor vehicles or bikes. The hike is probably great based on other reviews but we were looking to bike.

walking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Pretty hike. Not challenging but it was beautiful

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

It is a terrific hike and spectacular scenery along the river! Beautiful!

hiking
Friday, March 25, 2016

Beautiful and easy

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Beautiful

hiking
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Awesome! Go on a sunny day with your dog and you will not regret it!

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