Canyon Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Jefferson County, Oregon. It is within Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area and Deschutes National Forest. It is 4.2 miles long and begins at 5,155 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 477 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Canyon Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This very popular loop route takes you on a tour of a high alpine meadow, with bubbling Canyon Creek flowing through it. In addition, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the jagged spires of Three Fingered Jack.
High mountain scenery is the highlight of this popular trail. The route takes you past Jack Lake and then enters spectacular Canyon Creek Meadows. This small lake covers about 7 acres and hosts a nice campground."
--Lizann Dunegan, Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend and Central Oregon - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides).
"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, 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"Canyon Creek Meadows is just as beautiful as it sounds. In late July, throngs of wildﬂowers poke out of the ground and grace the meadows with color—all while the still snow-capped Three Fingered Jack hovers just beyond. As with most easily accessed attractions, this trail can get quite crowded, especially on summer weekends."
--Brittany Manwill , Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"For an up-close-and-personal view of Three Fingered Jack, Canyon Creek Meadows is your ticket. This popular route climbs to the base of the craggy mountain, through some of the state’s most spectacular displays of wildflowers, and provides views of glaciers, meadows, and pristine mountain rivers in between. Few trails are able to get you up into the high alpine scenery quite as quickly as this one.Due to the relatively short distance overall, Canyon Creek Meadows has become a popular area for many. So unless you’re visiting during weekdays or in September, chances are you won’t be alone. On the positive side, the Forest Service has helped to mitigate this somewhat by encouraging trail users to hike the route clockwise, reducing your chances of running into other users."
--Lucas Alberg, Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press).
"A day hike to a series of alpine meadows in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, with views of Three Fingered Jack. Persevere up a last steep section and you will be rewarded when the trail reaches the broad, basin-like meadow below the spectacular northeast face of Three Fingered Jack. This alpine meadow is nearly flat and is fun to explore. The views of Three Fingered Jack are spectacular. Permit required for day and overnight hikes; self issue at trailhead."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Oregon's Central Cascades (Falcon Guides).
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