Mount Jefferson Wilderness Traverse Backpacking

Detroit, Oregon 97342

Mount Jefferson Wilderness Traverse Backpacking

Mount Jefferson Wilderness Traverse (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"The Pacific Crest Trail traces the entire mountainous backbone of Oregon. Along the way it visits most of the scenic highlights of the Cascade Range. Most hikers rank the section through the Mount Jefferson Wilderness as the best part of the PCT’s route through Oregon, and it would be difficult to argue with them.

The trail stays high for most of its length here, providing memorable vistas at nearly every turn. Continuing the trip north through the Olallie Scenic Area adds even more lovely meadows and lakes. Hiking this additional section also eliminates the need to drive the very poor road to the Breitenbush Lake trailhead."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
6,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4-6 days
Usually open mid-July to October; best late July to mid-August
Detroit Ranger District
Local Contacts
USFS - Mount Jefferson Wilderness
Local Maps

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Nov 2018