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Canyon Creek Meadows Loop is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Camp Sherman, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 1,607 ft Route type Loop
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Beautiful flower meadows and a hike up the East side of Three Fingered Jack. This very popular loop route takes you on a tour of a high alpine meadow, with bubbling Canyon Creek flowing through it. In addition, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the jagged spires of Three Fingered Jack, the eroded core of an extinct 100,000-year-old volcano. This is a really beautiful hike with so many points of interest. From wildflower meadows, to the grassy hill up to Three Fingered Jack, to the glacial pool, to the saddle with views of the Sisters, Washington, Jefferson and of course Three Fingered Jack right next to you. Many of the trees along the route were burned in 2003 during the B&B Complex Fires. Thankfully Canyon Creek Meadows itself was spared and still very beautiful.

There is a decent gravel parking-lot and a compostable toilet near the trailhead.

Parking passes are required here. You can pay at the trailhead.

From Sisters, drive northwest on HWY 20 about 12 miles (8 miles East of Santiam Pass if you are coming from the West), then turn right on Forest Road 12, marked "Mount Jefferson Wilderness Trailheads". Go North about 4 miles, then turn left of Forest Road 1230. Follow 1230 for about 1.5 miles then turn left on Forest Road 1234 (Jack Lake Road). Follow this road 6 miles to the parking area at Jack Lake.

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Fang Fang
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HikingGreat!

Great trail, but the section above the upper meadow is definitely hard, need scramble. There seem to be a lot of wildflower maybe 1-2 months before. The meadow is beautiful nevertheless. Didn't complete the little loop in the end, but did make it to Cirque Lake (wow the turquoise color) and Saddle Viewpoint (gorgeous view)! There were smoke looking to the west when we were there so didn't get the best view to the southwest, but looking to the northeast is the Cirque Lake and Mt Jefferson which are just so beautiful. Would do it again in earlier season for the wildflowers and more snow on three fingered jack.

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Misha Marie
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Trail run on Sunday prior to it closing (due to nearby fire) One mile in you rise above the smoke, views are spectacular of Three Fingered Jack. Highly suggest making the scramble up to the lake for a perfect view of the Mountain Goats! Perfect amount of shade and an easy terrain! Did the Loop then some as you pass back by Jake Lake headed towards Square Lake!

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CM Maher-Pilar
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Wildflowers are mostly done. Still beautiful. Smoky right now but still able to see mountain goats (bring binos). Did the loop but Creek is mostly dry —will have to try again in July/August. But stunning views at the top, pretty forest and meadows, a lot of loose gravel and steep at the crater —definitely use hiking shoes/boots. I never use poles —but this one made me rethink that. On all fours at a few points to climb up to craters edge.

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Sierra Nelson
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Easy hike. First 2 miles (and obviously the last) are exposed with minimal shade. I would suggest trekking poles for the climb up/down the rocky part (about 3.5 miles in) since it can be very slick. Nice views at the top. Happy trails!

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Kristen França
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HikingFeeRocky

One of the most fun trails I’ve been on in Oregon, and I’ve been on a lot. It was dog friendly, not too hot, not crowded, and stunningly beautiful.

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Brad Snyder
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One of my all time Favorite hikes. When you get to checkpoint 4 from the record function on this app go left not right (it’s a bit confusing when you get there). The sliding sand/rock was no joke

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Lori Briegleb
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Diverse scenery. worth

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Raymond Wetmore
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Awesome trail lots to see. I was a little worried about smoke from the fires but it was clear and beautiful. Enjoyed this hike very much.

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Jenn Stebbings
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Road to the trail is as everyone says - it kinda sucks but not impassable by any stretch. We parked at Jack Lake and there were only a few cars in the parking lot (we got there around 1:30PM on an August Sunday). It was a hot, sunny, smoky afternoon and the beginning was a little rough because there was not much shade. As the trail progressed it got better and better. The wildflowers are pretty much done (a few stragglers of lupine, pearly everlasting, Indian paintbrush, little bit of fireweed and columbine). We wrapped up at some absolutely breathtaking views of the little glacier lake (which we sadly did not attempt to scramble down to get in) and Three-Fingered Jack. The last stretch after the upper meadow is no joke. Soft, unstable scramble rock and steep slopes. Be prepared for a couple pucker moments, particularly if heights are not your thing. The views are worth it though. There was one mountain goat billy that expressed some mild interest in us but he decided the plants needed more munching. Highly recommend!

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Tori Amundson
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Elizabeth Perkins
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DoctorofaCertainSize .
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We hike a LOT and this is now going up at/near the top of my favorite hikes. It is so stunning. The road up is washboarded to shit, but passable for any type of car. We took our two dogs with us for this (8 miles total) hike. We went clockwise around the loop (by mistake. I would NOT do this, it will mean you have a longer route back through the burn area and our dogs were burning their paws on the dirt at 11:30 when we were within a mile of the car). This hike definitely would be best about 2 weeks earlier, early August, in peak wildflower bloom, but there were some stragglers still hanging on by the creek. 75% of this trip is mellow and uneventful. The last bit up to the pass is not. It is quite dangerous, even. We took our dogs up to above the (amazing) glacier lake, and then my husband and I took turns going up the the pass from there. It was steep, but worse, it was on horribly loose rock, involving some scrambling. It was so much worse on the way back down. Very, very slippery and treacherous. Trecking poles would be a must for this section, ideally. The views are amazing in all directions the higher you climb, but really it is NOT moderate, this section is difficult and should not be taken lightly. I would not take children here, keep them down in the meadow below. In addition to the views, we saw a trio of mountain goats who kept us company for the duration. We will definitely do this hike again, it is incredible.

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Jennifer Garrick
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What a great hike!!! Will come back again for sure.

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Don Avery
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Kasey Corwin
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Trent Bergerson
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HikingFeeRockySnow

The road to the trailhead was rough. The trail was very dry which made it quite dusty. The trail towards the end is all loose rock on an incline but was manageable without slips. The great views make it worth it.

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Jacki Wolf
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Excellent hike! It has everything from wildflowers (though past their prime mid-August), to views, a creek, lakes, and did I mention views! Yes, the last 6 miles to the trailhead are bumpy but you don't need 4WD. It is an easy stroll through the forest until you get to the high meadow. The loose rock (there is a bit of a trail) at the end to the saddle is tricky but the climb is totally worth it! Poles recommended. Gorgeous glacial lake, views of neighboring mountains, and Three Fingered Jack up close with mountain goats (bring binoculars). Lots of bang for your buck!

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Ron Fechtner
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Chandler Rogers
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Road to trail was a bit rough. End of trail was slippery so I recommend trekking poles. Nice hike!

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J Scholz
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We love this hike! The wild flowers were just past their peak, beautiful scenery and mountain goats. Not too many bugs, but lots of people. The final climb to the saddle is a rock scramble, but worth the effort. The road to the parking lot is a mess, but passable and there is an outhouse there.

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Robert T Bowers
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More crowded than I expected, and the end can be a real ass-kicker, depending on how high in the crags you climb.

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On the Road with Dan
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Bill Gouger
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Hogan Marhoefer
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AJ Gniewosz
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