Explore the most popular lake 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.

backpacking
1 day 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.

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
5 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
5 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!!

backpacking
11 days 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.

backpacking
21 days ago

Perfect time of year for wildflowers and there were butterflies all over. There are still patches of snow heading from Carl Lake to the PCT, but very passable. The nights were cool, but it was pleasantly warm during the day, the mosquitoes were just starting to swarm.

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

hiking
28 days ago

What an amazing hike! Everything is so green and the wildflowers are blooming. The waterfall to the right of Carl Lake was the perfect spot for lunch. There were at least 4 lakes we passed. Don’t listen to google maps as it took us a random way. Head to Jack Creek and go out that way (vs. Camp Sherman Road). Mosquitos were out but not too bad. The first (and then last) part of the trail is in full on sun so be prepared.

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.

Hiked counter clockwise. First night we stayed at Jack Lake and it was miserable. The east side of Jack lake is incredibly windy. Use the camping grounds they have set up instead of camping off trail. Not enough new growth to block out the wind. We ended up with dirt in our tents and made it hard to sleep. Day two we hit the meadows and went up to the crater and saw the glacier run off. After that lunch at Wasco lake. We're now camped at 6300ft off the PCT. The sunset was incredible and this camping site is perfect. After you hit the snow pack run offs that form the veins on the east side of Jack. You will pass a spot that you could almost overlook. It's around 5.4 miles from the end of the trailI, about 300 feet off trail west with a spot for a tent and a firepit. Tonight made up for last night's wind storm!!! Beautiful views and a great camping spot.

hiking
1 month ago

If you're thinking of going to Carl Lake, do it! We went in mid-June midweek and only saw three people (on our hike out). The lake was gorgeous, very few mosquitoes (mid-June), and there was a little wind in the evening. There is also a small waterfall at Carl Lake if you continue to your right! The weather was fantastic and the hike's incline was moderate and gradual. The burn area was gorgeous in its own way, but (as other reviewers have pointed out) there is little shade for about 1.5 miles and the sand would be very hot on a dog's bare paws. Because there is such a distinct change of scenery and four lakes/ponds to stop at along the way, I think this could be a great introductory backpacking trip for active children or adults new to backpacking. It's very rewarding!

backpacking
1 month ago

A great loop trail through beautiful scenery. We hiked it counter-clockwise in two days. Be careful not to lose the trail - with snow (still present above 6,000' in mid-June 2018) this is a concern.

nature trips
1 month ago

What an incredible place. My husband and I showed up at this trailhead looking for Jack Lake and ended up doing almost all of the Canyon Creek Meadow hike. We stopped when the trail forks to the left and right with a gorgeous view of Three Fingered Jack. We had to walk through tiny patches of snow to get that far, and gave up when we couldn’t see the end of it. It’s mostly uphill so it was an excellent workout. We ran into 11 people and 3 dogs. Can’t wait to return with the kids once the snow is gone. This was our favorite place yet!!

Made it to Carl Lake on the 26th of May, last 2 miles is all over snow, most pond/lakes frozen over. Carl Lake reminded me of going thru the wardrobe into Narnia.

Cabot lake was nice tho!!

Went over memorial day and the trail is completely hidden by snow about 2 miles in. Beautiful hike and I look forward to coming back so we can summit.

hiking
1 month ago

The lake is really beautiful but PLEASE be careful bringing your dog here. Our poor guy really burned his feet up in the beginning part which had a forest fire and is really exposed sand. We got booties for him after this hike and will never make that mistake again.

Went on 5/30 with my 10 year old boy. Great trail and we made it all the way up to the base of Three Fingered Jack. The GPS was a bit spotty, but necessary due to snow. Runoff is picking up and there are fewer snow bridge crossings, but the snow all the way up was firm other than late afternoon slush on surface. We wore low-top Merrill shoes and had no issues. The Google Maps directions to the trailhead were a disaster, however, make sure you follow directions or a map and don' rely on Google Maps.

We attempted the hike over Memorial Day weekend and found a bit too much snow on the trail 2 Miles in - too difficult to keep to the trail through the snow fields so turned around. Still beautiful but didn’t make it to the awesome base of Three Fingered Jack this time. Will come back again in July/August.

A good amount of snow still. I struggled to find the trail but this app helped out there!

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