Canyon Creek Meadows Loop

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Canyon Creek Meadows Loop is a 6.6 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.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,066 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

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forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

blowdown

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.

1 day ago

Great loop hike. Beautiful views.

hiking
4 days ago

Definitely a favorite trail! Interesting and beautiful views. For sure would do this one again.

hiking
15 days ago

Great views!

15 days ago

What an amazing hike! Super easy and the weather was fantastic. We went from the parking lot to the glacier lake and around the Canyon Meadows Loop. Bring a water filter and fill up in the creek so you don’t have to pack so much water. Bugs were not bad at all and saw a mom and her baby mountain goat climbing the rocks. The road was good until we hit the dirt section for the last 5 miles. I have an AWD minivan and had to get out 4 times on the way up to pick my path to drive through the deep, deep powder dirt ruts. Low clearance vehicles won’t make it and it’s best with 4 wheel or AWD. Don’t try it in the rain unless you are sure you can make it through the ruts. All in all, well worth the work!

hiking
18 days ago

not as easy as everyone would have you believe but just as amazing! very loose rock up past upper meadow to cirque lake and viewpoint. great views but I bet they get even better if you catch the wildflowers

19 days ago

Incredible views!

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful trail, really not to hard for the amazing view rewards. The road getting to the trail was fairly rough in sections, I wouldn’t have made it (with a Prius) if it was wet or muddy.

hiking
29 days ago

Fabulous hike with several types of terrain. Went all the way to the ridge just below Three Fingered Jack for a 7.5 mike trip. Fall weather was in full force. Saw both a calving glacier and a pronghorn sheep. The loop is pretty kid friendly and my little one (10) made it to Cirque Lake without too much trouble.

Beware though he road up has a few sandy spots that you will really want/need a high clearance AWD/4x4 vehicle to cross - especially after in rains.

hiking
29 days ago

Lovey trail. The meadows and view of Three Fingered Jack are stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

Some things to know before going.
The $5 fee deposit box can be found at the trailhead NOT on Forest Rd 12.
When you get to the lower canyon, go left to the unmarked trail that says “unmaintained trail”.

Great time of year to hike because of no mosquitos but we didn’t see three fingered jack because it was unfortunately socked in. Still a gorgeous hike. Signs and descriptions don’t quite add up, however.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike, and our small dog was able to make it the whole way. The description on this page is accurate, and I would highly recommend this hike to anyone wanting to see Three Fingered Jack. At the time of our hike (8/24/18), the forest fire smoke wasn’t impacting views for the hike too badly. Bugs were not a problem either.

When the hike gets between the upper meadow and the glacial lake, the red path lines on the AllTrails map don’t line up with the trail. However, that section is mostly a scramble over loose rock to the lake anyway.

The route to get there is pretty easy to follow, but sections of FR 1234 have some moderate sand to get through.

backpacking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning. Camped in Upper Meadows the first night and the wildflowers were incredible. The views from the Cirque Lake and the saddle were some of the best in Oregon. 2nd night we moved to Wasco Lake, which had good fishing, but every campsite was full on a Saturday night (we got the last one at 4pm on a Saturday). Trail was very well maintained and while we did see a number of people, the one-way traffic on the trail helped it feel less crowded.

Plenty of water, minimal mosquitoes in mid-July.

One of the best hikes I've done in Oregon and it would be great as a day hike, too.

hiking
1 month ago

Still some lingering wildflowers. Upper meadow was lush and green on 8/12/2018. No mosquitos, some butterflies. Parking lot was full, but trail wasn't crowded at all.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty popular trail considering the amount of traffic I ran into on a weekday morning. Road conditions on the way up are fairly poor and there is a lot of rippling of the gravel. Good hike with some cool views along the way. Glad I went once but I probably wont be back for a while.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike! Great hike for dogs too as there are lots of water spots but as others have mentioned the trail gets HOT on some sections so you’ll definitely want to bring booties for your dog if you’re not going to be off the trail by noon. It does get a little steep if you go up to the glacial lake past the high meadow - which I definitely recommend doing!

2 months ago

Such a beautiful hike! Make sure you go in late July, which is peak for the wildflowers.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Wildflowers are on their way down, but still abundant and amazing. If you choose to go toward Cirque Lake (the glacial lake just beneath Three Finger Jack), definitely bring adequate hiking shoes and poles if you have them. They will be an invaluable help. The path is loose gravel for the last 1/4 mile up to the glacial lake and on past (if you go up to the top of the crest). If you just do the loop, it’s a good climb on the first leg (to the meadow), but an easy downhill from there. Spectacular views of Three Finger Jack, Mt. Jefferson, and a few others (even 2 of the three sisters briefly). Heavily trafficked for a weekend but well worth it!
Also, no mosquitoes, but plenty of flies.

hiking
2 months ago

Such a Gorgeous hike!! No words... just go!!

hiking
2 months ago

Really fun trail with an amazing view of mountains and goats! Some things to keep in mind though:
- the sandy trail gets really hot really fast so if you have a pup you should probably be done by noon to avoid burnt paws (It’s about 3.5 hour hike with breaks and the meadow trip)
- the bugs come with the afternoon heat (bring spray)
- road is a little rough coming in; definitely manageable in most cars but just be ready for it!

Overall is a great hike for when you are in the area!

2 months ago

The drive up in my opinion will need an SUV and I might need to get new suspension after that road. But it was a great hike! If you are wanting to see Cirque Lake, I suggest you leave your packs down in the meadow. That part of the trail is difficult. But as my daughter said..”we did it”. Definitely would recommend!

2 months ago

Amazing! Make sure your dog has booties if it’s hot. Just went two days ago and there are no mosquitoes.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike with wildflowers, butterflies, and gorgeous alpine scenery. The mosquitos and flies weren’t that bad, I got maybe 4-5 bites. A lot of fun optional hikes to the glacial pool, upper meadow, and Wasco Lake. There are several dispersed campsites with fire rings on little side trails when you turn off the loop towards 3FJ. Over half of the loop hike is exposed and gets hot in the direct sunlight. The trail gets busy with dayhikers, peak hours seems to be 11-2.

2 months ago

The wild flowers are in full bloom and smell amazing...
best hike yet...if you can hike past the glacier to the viewpoint ..the very top ...you will not be disappointed!

backpacking
2 months ago

This may be long... I went backpacking with a friend and stayed in the upper meadow. We had read reviews regarding the heat and dogs and since I had mine we decided to get there early. We left the parking lot at 10:30 on the Jack Creek trail headand though it was only in the 70’s the direct sunlight was blazing hot. The first part of the trail has little to no shade which made it a little tough for the pup. He had some water and kept on truckin.’ At the junction you can take the old summit trail to the right or the canyon creek/glacier trail to the left. We chose left. It’s a gradual incline with only one little lake as a water source if you should need it. Once you reach the top it gradually turns in to lush forest and is a nice reprieve. After another 20 or so minutes of hiking we met another junction that leads to a one way trail (which meets up with summit to make a loop) or the meadows trail on the left. This is where you meet up with canyon creek and get a real idea of how beautiful the area is. The wildflowers are in full bloom and the view of 3 Fingered Jack is epic. It’s a great stopping point to refill water and eat a snack. TONS of butterflies and unfortunately mosquitos. Just bring some spray and you’ll be ok! We saw a spot near the junction that looked like others had camped at. Please be aware that this is wilderness and it is a fineable offense to camp/have a fire within 100 feet of a water source! We went to check out the glacier trail. There will be a sign that says trail not ma brained but it really seemed so to us. You will walk through some truly Georgia meadow with streams veining the landscape everywhere. We camped just before the real upper meadow. And hiked the glacier when the sun was going down. The meadow is beautiful and the glacier lake is so pretty. Be advised that it is a rocky steep ascent and those rocks are quite loose! The view is beautiful. Here you can see some of the surrounding mountains. We did not climb all the way up as we were quite hungry. I would like to reiterate that the mosquitos are BAD. We ate later than we should have and went to hang our food for the night. While there we heard a very close almost gagging growl noise that scared the crap out of us. We couldn’t see what it was so we backed away slowly and headed back to camp. There were some deer that tried to come up to the camp and made no moves when we made a ruckus (in case we potentially encountered a bear). We went to sleep and had no problems. The next day we hiked up to wasco lake. We went early and the sun was quite hot still! BRING DOG BOOTIES. I cannot stress this enough. Wasco lake is definitely worth the hike! There is no shade at the junction but the creeks follows the one way trail and it’s easy to refill. There’s no shade until you walk at least half way around the lake. It’s not as silty as you may guess and it’s the perfect temperature for a dip. We saw some fish jump out of the water and a curious deer. My takeaways are really bring some mesquite repellent, bring dog booties if it’s mildly hot and bring layers. It’s hot but the temp could drop considerably over night or become windy. One other thing to consider for hot weather: coming from the trailhead you can take the old summit trail which goes through quit a bit of burnt forest and is a bit longer BUT you will run into the creek sooner than if you take the glacier trail. Glacier trail is shorter but you’ll hit some shade faster than old summit. This was my first backpacking trip and I plan on doing it again!!

2 months ago

What a spectacular hike! Lots of wildflowers and millions of butterflies. The color of the lake at the base of Three Fingered Jack was unreal. Don't use Google maps for directions. Trust your trail book.

backpacking
2 months ago

We backpacked in and spent the night in the upper meadow. It was gorgeous! We were there 7/14-7/15 and saw lots of goats on both days. There were a few babies too! The flowers were beautiful and so fragrant. This is going on the list to do every year.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this 2 weeks ago and again 7/15. So many more flowers - and it looks like they're not even close to bloomed out. Beautiful hike, beautiful views, but sadly, no goats this last time.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

This hike is great. The side trail to the glacier is a must. Mountain Goats on the ridge. The rocks are loose around the glacier so be aware of that. We had deer come into camp. It was a nice hike.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked the loop this weekend as a training hike for a bigger expedition later this year. This trail is easy unless you take the side trip to the saddle. The saddle makes the trip more challenging. The loop is easy. There were somehow no bugs this past weekend of July 7th. The wildflowers will be spectacular this next weekend for a few weeks. It’s refreshing to walk in the shade as most of this hike skirts a burn from a while back. However I would NOT bring a dog on this trail wo booties. It’s HOT when not shaded and it’s exposed for long periods of time in dog-clock minutes. And please pack out the poo.

It’s a one way trail due to the amount of usage. The views of Three Fingered Jack are amazing and we did see mountain goats. We also heard that someone got close to a male goat. This is a good way to die. Read about the hiker killed in the Olympics a while back for getting too close.

Make sure you have a NW Forest Pass on your car. Plenty of tickets were issued last weekend.
Great hike!

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