Three Fingered Jack via Canyon Meadows Hike

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

Great Central Oregon Hike in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness

Hiking to Three Fingered Jack via Jack Lake and Canyon Meadow Loop is an annual event for us. Located in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, access to the trailhead is outside of Camp Sherman off Hwy 20 via several paved and dirt roads. But once hikers arrive at the trailhead, the path is obvious. 

Jack Lake Three Fingered Jack

The trail starts next to Jack Lake, which reflects the burned trees of the 2003 B&B Complex Fire, but also the new growth that has come back since. It is evident that the new Wilderness Permits are required to take this hike.

Three Fingered Jack

 The trail opens at Canyon Meadow, which survived the 2003 fire unscathed. Canyon Creek runs through the meadow and during the summer, the blooming wildflowers, the sound of the creek and the beauty of towering Three Fingered Jack create an unparalleled Wilderness experience.

Three Fingered Jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Once hikers reach the base of the mountain, there is a moraine which can be climbed (a scramble up loose rocks) which provides a perspective of the glacial lake and, if you are lucky, a view of the mountain goats which are known to live in the area. 

Three Fingered Jack Three Fingered Jack

For hikers who make it up to the saddle above the lake, the views of the Three Sisters and Mount Jefferson are amazing as are the close up views of the jagged rocks of Three Fingered Jack (the eroded core of an extinct 100,000 year old volcano). Hikers should be careful coming down from the saddle as the rock is loose and the grade exceeds 30 degrees in some areas. Overall, the hike gains 1600 feet in a little over 3 miles and the entire loop is under 8 miles.

Three Fingered Jack

Original blog can be read at Bend Premier Real Estate's blog page.

Comments (12)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lynnea and always love your pictures from hikes that you share with us here in the Rain.   Thanks

 

Aug 16, 2022 09:33 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Will Hamm . Glad you enjoy the hikes.  This one had a beautiful day with good temperatures to make it even better.

Aug 16, 2022 09:40 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You are blessed to live and work in Central Oregon Lynnea 🙂

Aug 17, 2022 10:18 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for telling us about this hike.

You make us want to visit the area.

Aug 18, 2022 07:54 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS . Central Oregon is a beautiful place to live, but it is changing politically - and not for the better in my opinion.

Aug 18, 2022 09:04 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Roy Kelley .  Thanks for checking in and reblogging my post.  You and your wife are welcome anytime - and I could show you my favorite places personally!

Aug 18, 2022 09:05 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lynnea, do you still have snow on those peaks right now?    The views are fabulous, thx for sharing.

Aug 18, 2022 12:43 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Hiking into the wilderness to take in nature at it's best in your area looks refreshing and invigorating, Lynnea! Thank you so much for sharing your adventures.

Aug 18, 2022 03:57 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Joan Cox .  Yes, there is still snow on our higher peaks.  Three Fingered Jack is over 7000 feet and we did walk over a couple of snow fields. 

Aug 19, 2022 08:24 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I am glad you read about my hike.  One thing I didn't post was I fell coming down the moraine and still have bruises from it.  

Aug 19, 2022 08:24 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

Ouch! Hope it's nothing too serious.

Aug 19, 2022 09:26 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - just took off a few layers of skin on my arm and elbow, plus bruises there and my rear end!

Aug 19, 2022 12:11 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lynnea and Happy Labor day and I hope you and your family are all set to have a BBQ with other friends.

 

Sep 05, 2022 08:27 AM