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Jefferson Park Ridge, OR

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 6.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,516 feet
Elevation Gain 1,593 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.87
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Backpack Yes
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20  2010-09-25 seattlehiker
Author seattlehiker
author avatar Guides 15
Routes 215
Photos 3,439
Trips 318 map ( 2,199 miles )
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Location Seattle, WA
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Sep, Jun
Seasons   Late Summer to Late Autumn
Sun  4:21am - 7:56pm
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Up close and personal with Mt. Jefferson!
by seattlehiker

Likely In-Season!
One of my favorite hikes in this area and we make a point to do it every year. Getting to the trail involves driving on a sub-par forest road but it's well worth the effort. Passenger cars should be able to make if they take it slow. This trail traverses a section of the PCT. It starts off in subalpine woods with lots of nice openings. In the summer months, these areas are full of beautiful wildflowers. Fall provides great colors of oranges, yellows and reds. The trail continues to climb gradually. Be sure to stop occasionally and look back for views of three other peaks: Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams. All three are visible on clear days. A fire in this area (Summer 2010) has charred some areas in the early sections of the hike but the damage doesn't detract from its beauty. You'll gradually pass the timberline and alpine meadows (full of flowers in late summer) and the trail gives way to a rocky landscape. It seems almost like you're hiking on the moon. Some of the snow patches in this area remain throughout the year but do not present too much of a challenge. The trail can be sketchy in this area so be sure to look for the cairns that lead the way. Upon reaching the ridge, you get a breath-taking view of Mt. Jefferson directly in front of you. Down below lies Jefferson Park, an alpine playground of beautiful lakes and alpine meadows. Don't forget to look back to where you came from for views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. But the main course of this hike is the up close and personal views of Mt. Jefferson. Expect the ridge to be windy but the views more than make up for it. The ridge makes a nice lunch spot and stopping point for most day hikers. However, if you've still got energy and are interested in a longer hike, you can continue along the PCT for 2 more miles down to Russell Lake which is the closest hike in Jefferson Park. This adds 4 miles to your trip and another 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Jefferson Park is considered one of the best backpacking destinations in Oregon.

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2010-09-26 seattlehiker
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Willamette Forest
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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Estacada, head southeast on Hwy. 224 (which turns into FR 46) for about 53 miles until you reach a junction with FR4220 just before FR 46 turns to the right and heads toward Detroit. You'll find the junction right at the crest of the ridge at the boundary between the Mount Hood National Forest and the Willamette National Forest. Turn left here on to road 4220, signed for Skyline Pond. Stay to the right at the first intersection. The road becomes increasing narrow, and most of the time is wide enough for just one vehicle. While the road is admittedly rough, it is passable for passenger cars if you just drive slowly. After about three miles, pass the poorly-marked trailhead for Breitenbush Cascades, cross the North Fork of the North Fork of the Breitenbush River, after which the road becomes increasingly rocky and rough. Just before you reach Breitenbush Lake you encounter the most nerve-wracking section of the drive, a section traversing a talus slope that is seemingly more rock than road. While it's bad, it doesn't last that long, and you can exhale as you are almost to Breitenbush Lake. At the crest, you'll see a red dirt road leading to the right. Follow this short spur to a large loop-style parking lot. The well-marked trailhead is 6.5 miles from the highway and there's room for quite a few cars. Northwest Forest Pass required.
    page created by seattlehiker on Sep 26 2010 10:57 am
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