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."
--Lizann Dunegan, Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend & Central Oregon (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).
This extremely popular trail, near Jack Lake 15 minutes west of Sisters, takes you near some pretty sights--especially a great view from the base of Three-Fingered Jack--but overall is pretty ordinary, especially the dead and thin forest surroundings of the last major leg of the loop. The best part is definitely the first-half, which takes you through some nice wilderness to the creek, which is active and very calming. This is also the area where it's easy to lose the trail (especially if you visit before July, when there is likely to still be snow at this altitude) so if that happens--just follow the creek noise and you'll get back on track. The rough, climbing 6-mile approach road is brutal and there are lots of hikers on weekends, so highly recommended to do this hike during an off-time--but I would much rather hike West Metolius River or Suttle Lake anyway. Mildly recommended.
The trail was well maintained except for the occational felled tree. The end result was well worth the climb. At the time that we went the flowers were all in bloom. I recomend this trail to anyone who can handle the climb and manuvering over fallen trees. Take your camera as there are many photo opps along the way.
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