Canyon Creek Meadows Loop

MODERATE 58 reviews
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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
1066 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! Went all the way up to the tarn and it was worth it, saw a goat as well! Ended up doing this hike after running into closure left and right due to fires in Sept. Road to get to the trail head was long and bumpy... had to drive slow to get there in my small sedan. Only passes two people the entire time on the hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing!
Hiked up to the saddle and ran into Oregon Field Guide film crew camped out up top waiting to document the eclipse. There was a herd of mountain goats clambering up the face Three fingered Jack. A blue green pool that feeds Canyon Creek lies behind a moraine in a cirque at the base of the gigantic sheer cliffs. Opposite the mountain, east of the saddle you can scramble up to a spire-like remnant. It is comprised of layered rock that matches up with layers that are visible high on the towering face of Three Fingered Jack, now separated by thousands of feet of empty space where mountain once stood, evidence of major erosion at work!

hiking
6 months ago

Getting ready to go there for the first time on Monday. Anyone know it there is still water in the creeks etc? Just wondering how much I should pack in. Thanks

hiking
6 months ago

We were there last weekend. We got lucky because there was a break in the smoke, which meant clear skies next to the mountain. Some of the daisies and beargrass had already finished blooming, but there was a ton of lupin and paintbrush out. It's a very beautiful place.

The prettiest part is the lower meadow, which is where the loop ends. You can go another mile to the upper meadow which is near the base of three-fingered jack. We stopped there, but you can also go further up to see the lake and a lookout point.

On the loop back be sure to pick the huckleberries. There's about a mile stretch where the trail is bordered by huckleberry bushes everywhere.

backpacking
6 months ago

Are backpackers allowed to camp anywhere on the trail?

backpacking
6 months ago

Are backpackers allow to camp anywhere along the trail?

6 months ago

Excellent

trail running
6 months ago

Rough road to the trailhead, but with great views and excellent trail to bomb down. Midweek evening still saw backpackers but few others on trail

6 months ago

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6 months ago

Now let's

hiking
6 months ago

Wow! What a spectacular hike! We hiked up to the saddle and were treated to great views of Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, the Three Sisters and Broken Top. The wild flowers were out in abundance as well as literally hundreds of Tiger butterflies. We saw mountain goats off in the distance. I uploaded several pictures and a gpx file.

hiking
6 months ago

Just did this hike today to the lower meadow. I was a little confused about the loop. I followed the signs to Canyon Creek meadow, no problem. There are still just a few spots of snow but nothing you can't easily skirt. The lupines are in full bloom and there are some paint brush scattered here and there. I must have passed a dozen dogs and their owners. Not a one of those dogs were on leashes. So I guess that is more of a suggestion than a rule. I started the hike at 1000 and it was already quite warm on the sunny side of the hike. I saw many people heading up to the upper meadow but I have no personal info on the conditions.

hiking
7 months ago

My family is planning to hike this week - a bit concerned about snow levels - any updates after all this gorgeous HOT weather we've been having?

hiking
7 months ago

Lower meadow is SPECTACULAR right now, upper meadow still has a fair amount of snow. Great hike, although feels a bit longer than it is. Last mile exposed, hot.

7 months ago

This loop hike was fabulous! We only made it to the lower meadow and and part way up to the upper meadow (although we met tons of fellow hikers who did). There was still a lot of snow on the trail leading up to the upper meadow, which made it difficult to even know where the trail was.

Note of caution: If you are hiking with a dog, start and end EARLY on warm/hot days! We took our Australian shepherd with us and on the trail a little before 10am. On our way down, around, 12:30, the trail was hot and exposed on the last two miles. His paws were roasting on the hot, sandy/dirt/ash trail. The sun had beat down all morning and was still beating down on this part of the trail. The only trees were small regrowth, the larger ones were burnt from a forest fire.There is little access to water at this point until the trailhead at Jack Lake. We ran into other dog owners who were just starting, warned them of the hot trail temp, and ended up seeing them at Jack Lake with their pups not 20 minutes later. Also saw other people on the trail that had dogs struggling. We have a cooling vest for our dog and that was a saving grace in this heat but will be purchasing trail shoes for him.
**Side note:There are a lot of lakes, shade, and creek access after you hike up the first mile and a half and for the loop back until the last 2 miles or so. Its just the super exposed areas that's super hot for the pups feet. So starting early avoids hot trail surface temps and avoids carrying your dog down the trail**

7 months ago

Pretty awesome trail. FYI: if you love having mosquitos attacking you. Then go to wasco lake.

7 months ago

What a great hike although there is still quite a bit of snow a few miles in to the hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Christopher, on this last Thursday there was a bit of snow still, although it was a couple miles in. Hiked up and back on both trails as far as we could go. I never saw a meadow, so maybe didn't get that far? But there were backpackers out on the trail and hopefully this warm weekend cleared it all up.

backpacking
8 months ago

Did this hike and stayed a few nights in the lower meadow a few years ago and loved it. Was planning on doing it again July 4th but concerned about snow levels. Anyone been recently and know if there is snow still in the lower meadow?

hiking
8 months ago

This is a beautiful hike! Although right now, it's still really snowy and there isn't really much of an official trail showing yet. I'll def try it later this summer! Still fun to go up the mountain through the snow, but bring your map/compass/gps for sure! And watch out for the 6+ foot drifts.

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