Looking for a great trail in Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, 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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 9 hard trails in Mount Jefferson Wilderness ranging from 10 to 22.6 miles and from 3,106 to 10,236 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!





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i went today with my five and two year olds and it was beautiful. It was a bit muddy though but not enough to prevent success. i thought i would write to mention that the trail is a bit steep and thin in some parts along the river's edge, making it a bit of a safety challenge for younger kids.

last week Very large tree came down very close to us. Make sure you look up and pay attention when its snowy and windy. But beautiful day.

Fun hike! Pretty views, beautiful old growth forest. Last 1.5 miles you may need snowshoes but could get away without them. Mount Jefferson is in all his snowy glory.

1 month ago

beautiful easy hike, dog friendly, river blue as the sky...but high trafficked even for January trail has a stopover at wizard falls before continuing

A wonderful day hike! The first two miles to the lake was a good warm up with gentle elevation gain. There was just a dusting of snow at the lake. Then as we climbed Grizzly Peak the snow increased dramatically and we put on snowshoes halfway up. For most in the party it was the first time snowshoeing and although the ascent was somewhat steep it proved very manageable. Overall a wonderful route and I can’t wait to do it in the summer. Please keep in mind that starting this year (2020) permits are required for this area between Memorial Day and November and must be obtained ahead of time online or at the ranger station day-of, which is more risky.

1 month ago

accidentally stopped recording at 3.3 miles, ended up closer to 4.5

2 months ago

3 months ago

Great, relaxed hike! Amazing forest trail with beautiful vegetation and a crazy Hobbit like feel; see for yourself. Recommend for all hikers as a quick out and back that offers a quiet rest at the destination with many great places to pitch a tent or hang a hammock along the way if desired. I will be back.

We completed this hike a few weeks ago. The hike was up to the Scout Lake area was very blah, and didn't have much to offer. It was an easy hike, and we saw a couple deer along the way. After arriving to a snow covered Scout Lake with many people. We decided to push on to Russell Lake for the night. Perfect 1 night backpacking trip too.

We did this hike about 4 weeks ago in 1 night. We started at Pamelia Lake TH, then jumped on Hunts Creeks for less than a mile, and then on to the PCT. The hike to Shale Lake was very easy, and had a little snow at that point. We made it to Shale Lake in about 3.5 hours, and took a nice break. We then continued around, and down to Hanks Lake for the night. This is a great 1 night hike packed with some great views.

trail in good condition, just a couple muddy spots

bridge out
4 months ago

First day in, we camped at Hanks lake. There are a couple creek crossings where trekking poles would have made them easy. Hunts cove was above the snow line, light snow flakes and no wind made this and amazing three day trip. It was well with finding the pacific crest trail even with fog. The shale lakes and cliffs are amazing. We camped at Pamela lake that night. Thought about grizzly peek on the third day but decided not to push our luck. Fantastic hike.

Spectacular. Not too muddy. Deserted.

5 months ago

This is one of those beautiful Oregon trails where you if you zig when you should have zagged you will end up on another completely beautiful trail with different views! From hiking through a beautiful forested area in the understory with waterfalls and creeks galore to passing through a burnt out area that is slowly regrowing, you are surrounded by the various views of what nature has to offer. With my late start and actually hiking onto the 'wrong' trail twice, I didn't make it to my end of the first day destination. But, this means that I can always head backout and do this trail again and get to it! With the many different trail intersections, and the massive amounts of water; even in the brunt out areas, there is no need for a heavy water carry if you plan on filtering along the way! Just go out and enjoy some beautiful trail!

I hiked to Rock Pile Lake and South Cinder Peak on a sunny mid-September day, just after and just before rainy spells. This made for cool temperatures but also for better visibility. Below are some key observations about this trail. I decided to start from the Jack Lake trailhead, mostly because I wanted to scout a good portion of the PCT in the area in preparation for sections hiking. There are other options to reach South Cinder peak as three trails intersect at its base: the PCT, the Shirley Lake trail on the east ( trail #4003, connecting with the Carl Lake trail), and the Swallow Lake Trail on the west ( trail #3488, connecting with the Lake of the Woods trail #3493 and from there to the Marion Lake trail #3436); this last option is a bit shorter than the other two at about 6.6 miles to the foot of South Cinder Peak. ACCESS The Jack Lake trailhead is about 12 miles from HWY 20; the last 7 miles are either worn down pavement or dirt road. However, it is not necessary to have a high clearance vehicel to get there; driving between 25 and 35 MPH for the last few miles will see you through. The parking lot at the trailhead is of good size, but this location is very popular as it also provides access to the Canyon Creek Meadows, a favorite of backpackers. You'll need a pass (or to pay the fee -- $5 as of 2019) to park your vehicle. There is vaulted toilet structure at the trailhead. SCENIC APPEAL I would give a good 5 stars it if wasn't for the large burn area that affects a bit more than half of the 8 or so miles to the South Cinder Peak summit. However, the vistas of the Cascades range and the relatively closeup view of Mt Jefferson are good rewards for the slog through the burn. The 360 vistas from the top of South Cinder Peak don’t hurt either. A few of the lakes (Jack, Wasco, and even more Rock Pile) could even be destinations of their own either for hiking or for backpacking. DIFFICULTY Most of the difficulty stems from the length of the route (about 17 miles) but also from the fairly rocky thread of the upper portions (especially after crossing Canyon Creek). I tripped quite a few times on the way back, failing to lift my feet enough to clear the obstacles. The trail profile is otherwise quite good (thanks to PCT standards): no steep uphill sections, except for the Minto Pass tie trail and, of course, the final ascent to the top of South Cinder Peak. Once you reach the Minto Pass (if taking the tie trail) or rejoins the PCT from the Minto lake / Old Summit trail, the route basically follows the ridgeline or stays just under it. The traverse just before Rock Pile lake cuts through a steep slope at times (something to keep in mind if you are “weary of heights”). The ascent of the Peak is a classic slog up a cinder cone but it is rather short (.2 miles) and the ‘trail’ is well defined, with several very short switchbacks. The “true” summit in on the western edge of the summit ridge. WATER There are many water sources along the way: Jack Lake at the TH, Canyon Creek at 1.5 miles mark, Wasco Lake at 2.3 miles, and Rock Pile Lake at 6.5 miles. Always filter or treat the water though, especially in a high-traffic area such as this one. TRAFFIC As noted above, the Jack Lake trailhead also provides access to the Canyon Creek Meadows, a favorite of Hikers and Backpackers. The porting of this route between the TH and Canyon creek is therefore fairly heavily used. You may run into a few more people on the way to Wasco Lake. Past that point there could still be a few folks "doing the loop" around Minto Lake, via the Minto Pass Tie trail. The next 5 miles, to Rock Pile Lake and South Cinder cone are more the domain of PCTers and backpackers and see, therefore, a lighter use.

5 months ago

Great easy hike. Middle of September there were quite a few people. Parking lot was pretty full and a few bow hunters around. Hiked into Duffy lake with was a pretty good hike. Definitely something a new hiker could handle. Great views. We decided to hike further on since we arrived early in the day so continued to Mowich Lake. Not much lake access here on the east side but we managed to find a spot to camp. Wind blew pretty good from west to east so advice to stay on the west side of the lake if visiting. More tree cover as well as the east side has a lot of new growth but lots of dead snags from old fire activity. Overall nice hike and beautiful country.

This is certainly not the simplest or easiest way into Jefferson Park but it might be the most rewarding. With views of Jefferson much of the way up to the ridge, you also get views north where you can see Olallie Butte, Hood, and on a clear day St Helens and even Rainier. But coming over the ridge and seeing the park right below Jefferson is absolutely breathtaking. Worth the trek, even for a day hike.

Hiked up to Grizzly Peak with a small group + 4 dogs on leash yesterday. It was drizzly/rainy for most of our hike, so we missed out on views, but still enjoyed the gorgeous scenery of the area. The trail appears to have been recently cleared, as there was only one small log across the trail. The first part to Pamelia Lake is fairly flat/easy, then the turn up to Grizzly Peak is well marked, and quickly gets steeper with switchbacks. Trekking poles were helpful but not 100% necessary. Make sure to get your NW Forest Pass + Pamela Lake permit ahead of time!

5 months ago

Dusty trail. Streambed dry.Crowded trailhead. Large party(ies) of hunters and horses on way in. Had a few minutes of solitude at Lake. Nice views. Good weather. Bugs very light.

We hiked this trail Labor Day weekend, starting Saturday morning going clockwise from the trailhead. Trail is well marked, exposed at some locations, but not as bad as other make it out to be. Camped at Wasco Lake night 1, after roughly 13 miles according to my GPS. We arrived late but were still able to find a spot. Day 2 we hiked Canyon Meadows, and then on to Booth Lake. We had hopes of camping at Booth, but the only “spots” were right down on shore, exposed, and the wind was whipping. We trudged on to Square Lake and found a nice water front camp spot even late in the afternoon. Day 3 was a quick 2 mile hike back to our cars. Well worth the hike!

Backpacked into Pamelia Lake and camped there. Hiked to Grizzly Peak one day and Hunt’s Cove the next. Amazing views of Jefferson on the former and beautiful clear lakes on the latter. The rangers are on these trails and check permits. Reserve early because the weekends get booked up. Yes, it is a bother, but it’s nice to not be surrounded by a hundred other hikers and campers. As the sign at the trailhead reads, the permit system was put into place because the area was being “loved to death.” Hope to do the Shake Lake Loop next year.

on Duffy Lake Trail

5 months ago

this hike is stunning! the road in is rough! let air out of your tires, only attempt with a high clearance vehicle. the hike isn't that difficult and the views are incredibly rewarding. there is snow in a lot of the areas but it is packed down well.

Great trail! Loved the views of the creek on the way to the lake. We ran in to some ODF workers headed up the peak to clear the remaining dead trees. We lucked out and the clouds parted to reveal Mt. Jefferson. Ran into a ranger between the lake and trailhead checking permits.

Gorgeous trail! Lots of waterfalls and walk part of the way along a rushing creek. Minimal bugs and beautiful lakes along the way. One of my favorite hikes this year!

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