Explore the most popular views 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
8 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.

Did this back in July 2016. Walked east and north on Summit Lake Trail #4014 past Square Lake and Booth Lake, and tent camped at Jack Lake. Most of this whole section of the trail was burned in the B an B complex Fire in 2003, but the resulting abundant wildflowers are striking through here. Also notable were large populations of mountain bluebirds using the dead snags for housing and resting. After Jack Lake we continued northwesterly bypassing the tarn spur and continuing on to Wasco Lake. North of Wasco Lake the trail makes a quick scramble to meet the PCT. Continued on the PCT south and back to the parking area. Thanks to whomever uploaded this!

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.

Incredible loop trail.Hiked clockwise. Got a late start yesterday from Santiam Pass and camped at Jack Lake. Headed down into Canyon Meadows once descended the three switchbacks. Trail is pretty easy to find down but we lost it in the Meadows. Just kept heading east until reached creek and crissed to trail and then to Jack Lake. Lots of snow and exposure on PCT above 5500. Wind and ice this morning and wide open views thru Booth and Square lakes. Overall a great hike....loved it

backpacking
7 months ago

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

Had a great time backpacking the loop during eclipse weekend

backpacking
8 months ago

Beautiful trip, about 12 miles of the same burn section that is long, hot, and boring. The views from the top make the trip completely worth it. Since there were multiple fires in the area, the smoke and heat will really get to you. Plenty of lakes to cool off in!

backpacking
9 months ago

perfect 2 day ripper for experienced backpackers, or a solid day for the adventurous day trip. Awesome views all around the loop. I recommend camping in upper Canyon Creek Meadow which is about half way through the loop (13ish if clockwise/11 if counterclockwise)
I started late afternoon and went counterclockwise towards Summit Lake. The first 8 miles are in the burn, so hitting this during the evening hours gave some respite from the heat. surface is sandy. If you get an early start out of Canyon Creek in the morning, you also miss most of the heat on day 2. As youll tuck in begind the summit ridge after climbing out of the canyon. Fill up your water at Koko, last chance for approx 6miles. You'll be on the PCT and will encounter some through hikers. Give em a smile and congratulate them on reaching a major milestone. Most will hit their 2,000 mile mark at some point along this stretch. This is a popular trail, so by timing your trip like I did, you'll end up with more hours of open trail.
Bring your pooch!

backpacking
9 months ago

Really great trail! Unique terrain due to the fire, but it's really hot in most places due to the lack of shade. Lots of lakes to jump in on the way though! The PCT gives you a great view of the upper meadow and Three Fingered Jack. Make sure to bring plenty of water containers.

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!

backpacking
10 months ago

Nice overnight hike. Make sure you go late enough in the year because you can lose the trail on the west side after Wasco Lake due to snow. Also a few stretches that are grueling because of all the down trees that haven't been cleared in many years. Beautiful hike and worth the hard work. Great views almost the entire time.

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
10 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
10 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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Beautiful but terrible between Marion Lake and Wasco Lake. Hundreds of trees on the trail because it hasn't been cleared for years.

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.

backpacking
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Difficult loop trail but worth it. Large sections travel through a burn area. Drink lots of water in the summer!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Decent hike. Some nice views on the way.

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