Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Camp Sherman with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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!

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

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
10 days ago

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

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!

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!

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

Beautiful hike with wildflowers, butterflies, and beautiful 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.

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
24 days ago

Great hike. Wild flowers and butterflies abounded. We took our time and did it in three days hiking counter clockwise, Tuesday thru Thursday. First night at Jack Lake. Kind of ok for swimming, doesn’t get deep enough and you sink down to mid calf level in the muck. As stated previously it is very windy and the fine silt blows right into your tent through the mesh. Best to camp back by the parking lot in one of the spots with a picnic table. More protected. Day two Canyon Creek Meadows was amazing. This made it worth every dusty hot step we had to take getting there. We saw four mountain goats-including a mom with her baby. The glacial tarn is beautiful and the views restorative. Second night at Wasco Lake. Mosquitoes weren’t too bad, and we were the only ones there. Great Lake to swim in-not too cold-gets deep quickly. Really enjoyed our afternoon lazing in the sun after our swim.
Hiked out on day three. On this portion of the trail the mosquitos we’re bothersome whenever we stopped for a snack or rest. If you bring your dog-definitely get booties to protect their paws. We met one poor dog at 2:00 p.m. near the end of the trail, and it was hiding in the bushes trying to get away from the heat and hot sandy trail...I hope the owners turned back, as they were just heading out for Wasco Lake.

ass-kicker. great hike

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!!

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
28 days ago

Beautiful views and great swimming lakes! We hiked it clockwise spending the first night at Wasco lake and the second night at Square lake. Overall a great hike but be prepared for HOT sandy trails that will burn dog's feet on hot days (it was 95 degF). Bring gators for sand. 90% of this hike is in the burn/full sun, only 10% of this hike is in the shade. Plenty of mosquitoes on the PCT between Santiam pass and Wasco lake. There's not much water between Santiam pass and Koko lake so bring a lot of water or fill up when you can. Wasco lake was crowded with hikers and mosquitoes. Square lake was awesome with no people and few mosquitoes! I'd recommend this hike, especially on days cooler than 90 degF and after mosquito season is over!

backpacking
28 days 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.

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.

Beautiful hike! I hiked it counter clockwise all in one day. Definitely recommend taking more than one day to do this hike, especially in the summer. It was very hot as most of the hike is not shaded due to old burn areas. Absolutely love this hike though, one of my favorites!!

Pretty tough hike, but you can fly down in the return. amazing views at the top. Fairly exposed for the top two miles so wear sunscreen. Bring at least two water bottles and some sort of food. No snow now. saw only two other hikers on the bottom section.

backpacking
1 month 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.

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!

Beautiful hike! Some wildflowers but more to come in the next few weeks, I think.

Great trail, but I’d recommend being careful with your dog up there on hot days! I went up there this afternoon (about 80 degrees) with my dog and found that a lot of people (that were hiking with their pups) were having to turn around and/or carry their dogs out because the sun soaked portion of the trail was waaay too hot for their dogs paws and the dogs were unable to walk. I had my dogs Ruffwear mountain booties on him and he did great, but without them, I don’t think it would have worked out too well.

Such a gorgeous hike! Not much snow in the lower meadow and very little at the upper meadow. Glad we had poles to get up to the body of water right under Three Finger Jack. Spotted several mountain goats and even some babies! While the wild flowers are early there were many and so many butterflies! Get there early, it got busy as the day went on. Definitely in my top 5 right now.

Loved this hike it had everything would highly recommend this hike.

June 29, snow and runoff on trail lower meadow, abundant snow upper meadow. Shooting stars, some penstemon, few bear grass. Too early for most flowers. Quite a few people.

Such a beautiful scenery! My young boys (10 and 3) enjoyed this trial very much!

Still a ton of snow on Memorial Day making it hard to find the trail in places- had to follow the GPS. Went early in the day and had the place to our selves. Saw 4 mountain goats at the top of the bowl. DO NOT follow google maps from camp Sherman - it took us down a steep forest service road that was not wide enough resulting in a ton of brush scratches

Started counterclockwise. The sun was HOT through the burnt forest, but as we trucked on the breeze cooled us down. We stopped at small creeks along the way. We passed wasco lake as it there were many campers, and moved up to Koko lake. There was a perfect spot to setup camp about 200 yards off of the trail. Another 100 yard walk and we had a beautiful overlook of wasco lake. There was some snow to hike through on the north west side of the mountain, but following the footprints (and bear prints) lead us the right way back to the PCT 2000. If you’re doing this as an overnight bring more water than you’d expect. I loved this hike.

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