Explore the most popular forest 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.

Beautiful hike! Still a lot of snow. Had to punch through and trail find, but it was great!

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5 days ago

Pretty intense hike up. Not a whole lot of flat level hiking, mostly either up or down. The first part of the trail is forested and breaking views of Mt Washington and Three Fingered Jack. The second part of the trail is fairly rocky and dirt with great views of Brokentop and 2 of the 3 Sister mountains. The last bit of the trail was pretty rocky and rough, but the views from the top are absolutely stunning! Well worth it!

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13 days ago

Fairly easy hike to Cabot Lake. There was snow here in early May. Side trail to lake may be hard to find. Look for a rock cairn that folks have placed on the left side of the trail- turn right at the cairn. The lake shore is a bit overgrown but who cares? It’s an easy reward for a short hike! It is exposed at the beginning as it winds thru a burn and I can believe it would be very hot in the summer.

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14 days ago

The way up is a steep incline. Your quad day will be complete after this hike. Beautiful views at the top of surrounding mountains . Well worth it. Coming down is a piece of cake.

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29 days ago

This was an awesome hike, was snow still at the very top what an amazing view off all the mountains.

Just a little snow at the top! Great hike.

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1 month ago

Ignore my stars.. I just wanted to give an update on the road conditions. We tried getting to the trail head yesterday and found quite a bit of snow still on the road heading to the trailhead. We were traveling in a 4WD crossover, which did fine, but the snow progressively increased and the road narrows with 3 miles still to go. We decided to turn back in case it became too deep and we didn’t have the ability to turn around down the road. It would be passable with snow tires or maybe a little bit bigger car. In reality our car would have probably done fine but it made me a little nervous. We will definitely be back to do this hike in the future!

I hiked this trail on an early February day. The very low snowfalls up to that point made is such that all but the last quarter mile was clear and dry, allowing a climb without any special gear.
The parking lot, just off SW Sherman Camp road, appears to be enough to accommodate the low traffic this trail gets (compared to the upper trailhead). There are no facilities at the trailhead (there are restrooms, however, at the UPPER trailhead).
The first .8 miles are essentially flat, roughly paralleling the road and heading in a southwesterly direction. There are a few intersecting trails/roads but the signs poster on wooded posts made it easy to continue on trail #4026. At a couple spots, the destination of the hike can be seen through openings in the trees.
The second portion of the hike starts at the .8 miles mark where the trail veers into a southeasterly direction and starts to ascend around the slope of Black Butte. This section is an uninterrupted 2.5 miles climb at a sustained but manageable grade. The trail intersects 3 forest roads on its way to the Upper Trailhead: Lower Butte Loops Trail 4093, Upper Butte Loops Trail, NFDR 1110-500. At each intersection, wooden sign posts in sight of each other easily identifies the spot where trail #4026 continues. The upper trailhead is a good spot (at about 3.25 miles in the hike) to take a short break, snack at the picnic table or use the restrooms. From there, it is another sustained climb to the summit.
The last two miles start the way the first 3+ have gone: healthy climb on a well maintained trail that get a bit more rocky in some spots. After the first (and only) switchback, the trails heads in a more easterly direction a few hundred feet below the summit. On this cold February day, frost covered all vegetation .5 miles before the top and the trail itself turned to pack snow and ice .25 miles before, as it rounded the southeast side of the butte. It took me probably a good 30/40 minutes to negotiate that stretch of the trail.
Once at the top, and an a fairly clear day, the views open 360 degrees with Broken Top, the 3 Sisters, Belknap Crater, Three Fingers Jack and Mt Jefferson dramatically displayed. Further north, Mt Hood was easily spotted and, with a minimum of effort, Mt Adams at the horizon across the Columbia river. A VERY nice spot to discover many of the Cascades peaks. The summit, fairly roomy and elongated, with so many views to take in, is clearly a good place to spend time and have a quick meal. The cupola and the fire lookout tower also make for fairly interesting photo opportunities.
If hiking this trail during the warmer month, it is likely a good idea to bring plenty of water and use sunscreen for the last mile of the climb.
I gave 5 stars to this trail first because of the views from the top but then also because of the well cut and well maintained trail itself. The first three mile, before reaching the upper trailhead, are very quiet (I did not see anyone either going up or coming down). The last 2 miles, past the upper trailhead were rather crowded; this also appears to be a favorite for dog owners. The workout the trail offers (3400 ft elevation gain is about 4 miles) also makes it a good destination for weekend (or daily) warriors.
Highly recommended.

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3 months ago

Hiked 2/4. Road up to the trailhead and trail in good shape. Last 1/4 mile a bit dicey with snow. It was doable in boots for sure, but would have felt a bit better in yak tracks.

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3 months ago

Pretty spicy little moderate hike. Fantastic views. Little bit of snow on the top. Not enough to warrant snowshoes or spikes. Wind shifts up top and temps plummet. Layer accordingly.

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3 months ago

5 star view, hike was %99 uphill to the top. Don’t go in January like me, save it for warmer months based on the tower being closed and other ALLTRAILS photos. Also did SMITH ROCK yesterday so this one doesn’t come close in comparison.

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3 months ago

Went with a group of friends back in July 2017 and had a blast. We went at 430 in the morning to see the sunrise, definitely worth doing again!! I can’t wait to visit so I can go back

easy nice views

A bit icy toward the top but phenomenal views!

Nice burn, and great views all the way up. Hit it early to beat traffic.

absolutely gorgeous. saw no one on the lower 3 miles of the trail. was insanely peaceful. loved near the top when the clouds cleared and everything came into focus. what a great trail. also the parking is super easy to find. the map brings you right to it. well marked!

Beautiful

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6 months ago

Stunning views of the Cascades. Family-friendly with a little effort.

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.

Easy to get to- we had a truck, last few miles are pretty ruddy. We hiked in the snow which made it slightly more challenging. Incredible views almost all the way to the top. The top was beautiful to see so many mountains and surrounding terrain. Will do it again in the summer.

Beautiful fall color!

Beautiful fall hike. The fall foliage is an amazing contrast to the clear blue waters of the river, especially with the rapids and falls. My pups loved the hike too. Right now (10/14) there’s a pine that’s fallen and splintered over the trail that’s hard for small dogs to climb over so I had to turn back early, but still seems fine for humans.

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7 months ago

Beautiful view once your on top.

Beautiful easy hike.Follows the river the whole way. Easy to see trout and Salmon in the river. The Hatchery is a lot of fun. I went in October and the leaves were very colorful.

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7 months ago

Spectacular view of all the surrounding mountains which made it worth it. A bit chilly at the top with some frost but a sweater helped. Took a few breaks because it is a bit strenuous. Super rewarding.

7 months ago

About 4mi drive up to the parking. The drive isn't pave so make sure bring a big car with better tractions. Hiked this over the weekend. Half a mile was shades then the rest is open. It was super windy that day so we didn't get the view of all the beautiful cascade mountains. Overall, It was steep, a bit challenging but very rewarding at the end.

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!

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9 months ago

Forest service closed the access road during the eclipse week. The eclipse was the next day. It made it a 10 mile round trip.

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9 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

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9 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.

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