Canyon Creek-First Creek Meadows Loop

Santiam Pass, Oregon

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This is a magnificent, cross-country variation on the popular trail into Canyon Creek Meadows below Three Fingered Jack’s precipitous east face. After taking you through that meadow’s famous wildflower bonanza, this loop goes off trail to a spectacular meadow on the rarely visited southeast side of the mountain. On weekends during the peak flower show in late July, entire divisions of booted infantry depart from the trailhead. Try to visit on a weekday. Note: In late 2003 the B&B Complex Fire burned all of this area except around Canyon Creek Meadows; expect a blackened landscape for several years.
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

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100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

by Douglas Lorain (The Mountaineers Books)

This is a magnificent, cross-country variation on the popular trail into Canyon Creek Meadows below Three Fingered Jack’s precipitous east face. After taking you through that meadow’s famous wildflower bonanza, this loop goes off trail to a spectacular meadow on the rarely visited southeast side of the mountain.

On weekends during the peak flower show in late July, entire divisions of booted infantry depart from the trailhead. Try to visit on a weekday. Note: In late 2003 the B&B Complex Fire burned all of this area except around Canyon Creek Meadows; expect a blackened landscape for several years.

©  Douglas Lorain/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Santiam Pass
Length: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours (day hike or backpack)
Season: Mid-July to October
Local Maps: Geo-Graphics Mount Jefferson Wilderness
Topo Map: Canyon Creek-First Creek Meadows Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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