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Canyon Creek Meadows

Beautiful flower meadows and a hike up the East side of Three Fingered Jack.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This very popular loop route takes you on a tour of a high alpine meadow, with bubbling Canyon Creek flowing through it. In addition, ... more »

Tips:  From Sisters, drive northwest on HWY 20 about 12 miles (8 miles East of Santiam Pass if you are coming from the West), then turn right... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking Area Trailhead

A Recreation Fee Pass (Northwest Forest Pass) parking permit is required at the trailhead. It costs $5 per car per day or $30 per season. If you don't have one you can self-pay at a station just as you turn onto Forest Road 12.

2. Jack Lake

You can camp around this lake.

3. Trail Junction Keep Left

When you get to the Y in the trail, you are supposed to head left.  If everyone takes the trail clockwise then there will be less traffic that you run into.

4. Lower Meadow

This is a good spot to stop for out of shape people or people with young children. You get a nice meadow with tons of wild flowers and view of Three Fingered Jack.

This is a wildflower sanctuary. Do not pick the flowers.

Whether you choose to go on to the Upper Meadow or head back to your car you should continue clock wise around the loop.

5. Upper Meadow

Hiking to this upper meadow isn't too much harder and you get a better view of Three Fingered Jack.

6. Cirque Lake

This little lake from glacial run off is an amazing turquoise color.

7. Viewpoint Saddle

Great views of the cascades with Three Sisters & Mt Washington to the West and Mt Jefferson to the East. Of course Three Fingered Jack towers above you.

8. Trail Junction & Water Fall

There is a side trail here that is a .7 mile hike to Wasco Lake. There is also a small waterfall nearby.

9. View of Mt Jefferson