Three Fingered Jack via Pacific Crest Trail

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Three Fingered Jack via Pacific Crest Trail is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sisters, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.3 miles
2,834 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing



wild flowers





This is an advanced mountaineering climb with vertical walls at the top and very poor rock. You absolutely MUST have rock climbing and mountaineering skills and the relative gear to make this ascent. From the parking area, follow the Pacific Crest Trail to nearly the western face of the mountain. Look for a cairn marking the climbers route and follow it up to the summit pinnacles where you will need to clip into bolts in the rock. You and your partner will belay each other for the rest of the trip and most likely rappel down from the summit which is a very narrow ridge, only about a foot wide with over thousand foot drops on either side. If you have any fear of heights whatsoever do not attempt this climb. Again, you must have prior experience leading climbs to attempt this.

18 days ago

Awesome trail. Very loose rock when summiting. Insane views. Will do again

1 month ago

Beautiful walk through burned forest, amazing views from the top. PCT was easy hiking in and not overly crowded.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nice trail, a lot of new growth from past fire. Bring your sun screen or floppy hat. Might hit snow up on top. Walk through what I call a ghost forest

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Amazing views

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Gorgeous. fields of wildflowers all over. Not much snow (easy in running shoes). Tons of mosquitoes even with a breeze. Take the side trail on the right that winds up the slope 3FG instead of trying to go up the massive scree hill! Also it's pretty exposed so caution with dogs getting too hot, esp their paws on the dark rock.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Very enjoyable hike! Hope to do this one again! Great views at the higher elevations. Starts from the road in an old burnt area, then about half way up goes back into forested area. Interesting to see how the forest reacts after a burn. Lots of wild flowers. Still snowpack on the trail up on Jack. Passable but caution warranted.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Beautiful and a great look out point at about the 5 mile mark that totally makes the hike !

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Only difficult if you continue past the 5.5 mile mark and climb the scree. The rest of the hike is maybe moderate. The way the trail is cut its a gradual climb. It is a beautiful trip and well worth the miles on your feet, Use your bug spray (which I had left in my car) 'Cause when you get up out of the burned out area, they are hungry little buggers!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Very dusty trail but beautiful day. Well worth the drive and want to hike more of it!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Stunningly beautiful climb for relatively moderate effort!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Great hike, wonderful trail with lots of green and a nice creek to listen to. Start early so you have enough sunlight to really light up the east face of 3 fingered. The Mountain goat trail take you to the beginning of Canyon Creek. An epic glacier with a deep blue pool of water and ice. Keep hiking up until you reach the saddle of east ridge. Then you can hike closer to Jack or hike east and get to the top of East ridge. From the top is an awesome view and you can even see Jack Lake and the parking lot. I made the choice to bushwhack back to the truck and some how made it. I would hike this every year. Great trail.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Out and back from Jack Lake trail head. Easy trail until near the base of Three Fingered Jack then a steep ascent thru scree. Did the loop of Canyon Creek trail in and trails 4010 & 4014 out.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I love this hike I really, really do! The hike follows the PCT along a ridge line. We went past the "viewpoint" on up to the top, the last stretch is a fairly steep mountain goat trail. We made it within 200ft from the top, it gets pretty sketchy up there. Excellent views of Black Butte, Mt Washington, Three Sisters, Hoodoo, Big Lake, Hayrick Butte, Berley Lakes, Santiam Lake, Duffy Lake. Beautiful wildflowers.

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