Three Fingered Jack Peak: Canyon Creek Meadows

Does the name Three Fingered Jack sound interesting?

If so, hit the road and wander through the Canyon Creek Meadows on a moderately easy hike that takes travelers past the base of the colorful and craggy Three Fingered Jack Peak. It’s a beautiful alpine hike with a spectacular spread of wildflower in high summer. Only 7-miles there and back, with options for more adventurous side trips.

The loop starts at Jack Lake after a rough drive up to the trailhead, (make sure your vehicle is sturdy enough to make it!) and gradually climbs in elevation. Eventually it opens up to a stream-fed meadow and old alpine forest. From here hikers can loop back to Jack Lake. Otherwise, they can scramble up a non-maintained trail to the upper meadow. This takes one to a glacial tarn, a beautiful mountain lake, with spectacular views of Mt. Jefferson in the distance.

This is a great summer hike, especially if you’re interested in seeing the wildflowers in all their glory. Not to mention, there’s a convenient 0.7 mile hike to Wasco Lake, which is open to swimmers. Parts of this area are damaged by wildfires, but there are pockets of camping areas around Jack Lake.

Region(s):
Central Oregon
Eastern Oregon
Greater Portland
The Gorge + Mt. Hood
Oregon Coast
Southern Oregon
Willamette Valley

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