Three Fingered Jack Loop

HARD 8 reviews

Three Fingered Jack Loop is a 22.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Camp Sherman, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
22.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4094 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

hiking

trail running

lake

views

wild flowers

scramble

25 days ago

Had a great time backpacking the loop during eclipse weekend

backpacking
27 days 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!

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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.

5 months ago

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

backpacking
9 months ago

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