Jefferson Park

Detroit, Oregon

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that Jefferson Park is Oregon’s most outstanding backcountry location. Certainly this alpine wonderland, with its wildflowers, tree islands, small lakes, and drop-dead-gorgeous views of nearby Mt. Jefferson, has few, if any, equals. But if you visit here, do not expect to be alone, because lots of other folks have heard about Jefferson Park as well. To protect this fragile area, the Forest Service requires that you camp only at sites that are designated by wooden posts. If possible, you should time your visit for midweek. The most popular access route is from the west along the Whitewater Trail, but if you don’t mind a bumpy drive, it is much more scenic to come in via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from the north.

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"that Jefferson Park is Oregon’s most outstanding backcountry location. Certainly this alpine wonderland, with its wildflowers, tree islands, small lakes, and drop-dead-gorgeous views of nearby Mt. Jefferson, has few, if any, equals. But if you visit here, do not expect to be alone, because lots of other folks have heard about Jefferson Park as well. To protect this fragile area, the Forest Service requires that you camp only at sites that are designated by wooden posts. If possible, you should time your visit for midweek. The most popular access route is from the west along the Whitewater Trail, but if you don’t mind a bumpy drive, it is much more scenic to come in via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from the north."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Detroit
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Late July to mid-August
Local Contacts: Detroit Ranger District (Willamette National Forest) and Clackamas River
Local Maps: Green Trails: Breitenbush, Mount Jefferson

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