Jefferson Park

Idahna, Oregon 97350

Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park Professional Review and Guide

"Old-growth forest, alpine meadows, rushing creeks, and a flower-filled wonderland at the base of Oregon’s second-highest peak"

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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."

"A day hike or overnight backpack to Jefferson Park in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Jefferson Park is a classic alpine meadow below the northwest slopes of Mount Jefferson. This hike provides excellent views of the glaciers on the mountain. The South Breitenbush Trail immediately attacks the nearly 3,000-foot climb to Jefferson Park, ascending steadily above the South Breitenbush River.

It passes through a pleasant stand of Pacific silver fir for the first mile or so, crossing several small creeks. A ruined building stands right next to the trail, apparently a seeding shed used in reforestation efforts. The views get steadily better as the trail continues its climb. Permit required for day and overnight hikes; self issue at trailhead."

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The trail up to Jefferson Park was still deep under snow for most of the route (after the first mile or so) and the going was tough. This is a great hike with many views of Mt. Jeff along the way. Wait a while to make it a more enjoyable hike or bring snowshoes like we did which made it tolerable. Email me if you have climbed Jeff via the North Ridge Route.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
9 hours
Willamette National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Jefferson or Geo-Graphics Mount Jefferson Wilderness
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Oct 2018