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Trail to Upper Canyon Creek Meadow, Oregon | by Bonnie Moreland (free images)
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Trail to Upper Canyon Creek Meadow, Oregon

The upper meadow is at over 6000 feet and still has snow along it's trail even at the end of July. That is Three Fingered Jack straight ahead.


Upper Canyon Creek Meadow is a glacial outflow plain on the Northeast side of Three Fingered Jack. In August, wildflowers are abundant, and so are the mosquitoes. There are several campsites near the meadow, making this an optimal backpacking location. It is accessed via a moderately easy hike starting from the Jack Lake Trailhead. There are several meadows along the way to Upper Canyon Creek Meadow, but this one is the largest, most scenic, and has the most wildflowers. Canyon Creek flows through it, coming directly from a glacial lake just above the meadow.


Three Fingered Jack lies in Linn and Jefferson counties. It has a volume of 2.4 cubic miles (10 km3) and a summit elevation of 7,844 feet (2,391 m), with a proximal topographic relief of 1,300 feet (400 m) and a draping relief of 4,600 feet (1,400 m). Its jagged edifice rises between Mount Jefferson and the Three Sisters volcanic complex. Three Fingered Jack lies within the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and is not accessible by paved road, but can be approached by the Pacific Crest Trail. Located about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of the city of Sisters, it acts as a prominent landmark in the area.

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Taken on July 24, 2017