Three Fingered Jack Loop is a 22.6 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, running, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length22.6 miElevation gain3,546 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingHikingNature tripsRunningLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeScramble
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Jason Yaich
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HikingPrivate property

NOTE: Contact Starker Forests for free permit before you go.

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John Flannery
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Brooke Carmen
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RunningGreat!No shade

I've done this hike twice. I hiked this clockwise in a day and trail ran it this past weekend counterclockwise. This loop overall is pretty amazing, but it's a mental challenge for sure (especially doing it all in one go!). If you go clockwise, you're going to hit the water further along the trail which is nice if you are get low. If you go counterclockwise, you get the drawn-out, pretty exposed (I think mundane part) out of the way first. I did not summit this thing. That's a different story. If you plan on doing this soon, make sure to read about wildfires! They closed part of the PCT yesterday. Overall, the 3FJ loop is absolutely amazing. Especially on the ridge RIGHT on mountain. That is the best part without a doubt in my opinion.

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Eathan Nicley
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Eathan Nicley
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Eathan Nicley
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Briana Arnold
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BackpackingFeeGreat!No shade

Hiked counter clockwise and stayed at square lake evening of the first night. Some bugs, not bad. Second night stayed at Wasco Lake, wonderful for swimming. Finished the next day, not too much shade and by the end the doggo was needy booties for protection from the hot sand

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Shelly Barber
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Matt Spilde
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HikingNo shade

Hiked this counter clockwise on 8/26/20. The first 50-60% of the hike is in a recently burned area and that means a lot of sun exposure. Wasco lake is nice and the section of the hike on the PCT on the west side of the mountain offers great views.

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Kristin Erickson
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BackpackingBlowdownNo shadeOver grown

Did the loop as a 3 day two night trip with. Friend who was on her first ever backpacking trip but is an avid day hiker. Chose to go counterclockwise and don’t regret it for a second. I prefer to leave the highlight of each trail for the end- in this case that’s the climb up toward Jack. That and knowing the ten mile stretch without water requires a heavier carry I prefer to to add the extra water after I’ve eaten down some of my food weight. The majority of the hike is in burnout and is exposed but it provides a really unique opportunity to see how quickly a forest does recover. It’s a very unique kind of beautiful. We chose to camp night one at Jack Lake, which meant we also had the benefit of a privy in the nearby trailhead parking lot. Second day was short because my partner wasn’t feeling well so we hiked 2/3 of the climb and found an insanely gorgeous spot overlooking Jefferson where we dry camped. That left 10 miles to finish on the third day, which started with the epic climb past Jack and, a few miles at tree line where we saw a herd of 20 mountain goats, and then the long descent out. It made for a great 10 mile day. Two humans and a dog packed 8 liters out from Wasco and finished with drops left- don’t underestimate the amount of water you’ll need for this stretch as there’s nothing available. If really necessary, you can drop down to summit lake but it’s a steep .8 mile trek. We skipped the trip into the meadow and didn’t do any side trips, even cut though a meadow at the end to shave off some distance on the PCT and still logged 24 miles- so I do believe the mileage is a little off what is reported here. Bugs were virtually non-existent. Trail is a bit overgrown, mostly between Square Lake and Jack Lake. Note that there are plenty of places to dry camp along the trail but if you’re wanting to camp near water, there aren’t many viable spots at each lake. Again, be prepared to carry extra water! Quite a bit do blowdown throughout but all passable. I do think this is a great trip for a beginner backpacker who is ready for bigger miles and has a more experienced partner in case of any ‘issues.’

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Torsten Thomas
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BackpackingBlowdownGreat!No shade

Hiked this trail clockwise as a planned 2 nighter with a night at Wasco Lake and next night at Booth Lake. This route worked out for the best as good weather prevailed for the most scenic part of the hike (western slope of TFJ) and bad weather rolled in the next day which forced us to miss out on CC meadow as peak was not visible and high wind gusts blew in. Nonetheless, can easily make up on another day with a day trip out of Jack Lake. Huckleberries galore about a mile after you pass Porcupine Rock heading down to Wasco Lake. Plenty of sites to camp at Wasco as long as you get in somewhat early (mid afternoon) as this can fill up quickly. Watch out for leaning trees as we witnessed a big one falling within eyesight of our campsite. After skipping meadow next day, decided to finish out the remaining part of the loop trail which worked out for the best as cloud cover provided protection from an exposed section of the trail. Would have rated this loop trail a 5 if not for the eastern section of this trail that was exposed and inundated with thick (and wet) manzanita bushes...ugh!!!

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Micah Adams
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HikingBlowdownGreat!Over grown

Went clockwise, which I think was the correct decision. Camped at Wasco, and the wind moved in. A huge dead tree fell right where another camper had her tent just minutes prior. Those spots are dangerous. Rain moved in Friday, so we cancelled our trip to the meadow and TFJ and made our way out. The section between Jack Lake and the PCT trailhead is less than desirable . I was happy for the cool weather as that section is exposed and overgrown in some parts. Interestingly, we still did 22 miles and cut out the meadow section.

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l l
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A few people before said to do this counter clockwise but I think clockwise is the way to go. First off, almost 4 miles in beer tot he right for .4 miles and there is summit lake. Perfect spot for water or if you wanted you could camp. Stayed the first night right before wasco lake (a few small water spots to camp at) second night then stayed at booth lake. So clockwise you get the elevation out of the way on the first day. Canyon creek trail is soo crowded, so beware that you will be stopping to let people pass every 3 seconds . Mosquitos weren’t an issue

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Brooke Smay
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BackpackingBugsFeeGreat!No shade

Would recommend doing this trail counterclockwise if you’d like a downhill finish for the longest stretch of incline! We camped at Booth and Wasco but there would be spots to camp once you pass Wasco if you’re keeping an eye out for a space! Great backpacking loop with great views this time of year. S/O to Dallas and Terminator as they conquer the rest of the PCT past this section!

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Anna Czapski
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BackpackingGreat!No shade

This was my first backpacking trip and I would recommend this for beginners. Hiking this counterclockwise is definitely the move. We started Friday evening and put in a few miles to Booth Lake. Saturday we got to Wasco lake after stopping at the meadow (worth it if you like meadow views or if it’s wildflower season). I wish I had the opportunity to camp at Canyon Creek but timing/mileage didn’t work out. I was dreading having a high mileage day on Sunday being tired and sore, but they were the probably the easiest and fastest miles we did since it was mostly downhill. There’s a lot of direct sun so bring lots of sunscreen and a hat. Bug spray was helpful but bugs weren’t as bad as I expected. Fill up on water any chance you get- especially going into the ~7 mile stretch between Wasco and the trailhead with no water.

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Ryan Jones
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Scenic splendor everywhere! We did the loop counter clockwise in on night and two days We had lunch and swam at booth lake (delightful) Then made it to wasco lake to camp. 12.4 miles for day one. Had a lazy morning Saw my goats on day two and did 11.4 or so A few mosquitos but not too bad Was very hot and sunny 10/10 would recommend

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Savion Barron
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HikingBugsNo shade

Did the trail clockwise and took out the elevation the first day, no water source until just before wasco lake so if you’re going clockwise keep that in mind. We actually bushwhacked a few hundred feet to a nice camp spot along wasco, about 4 other campers spread out across the lake. Bring bug spray! Proper trail shoes are a must and it seemed like a good portion of the trail was sand. Got there mid day and finished early the next. Great hike and experience!

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