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Three Fingered Jack

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

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  • - Three Fingered Jack
  • View looking east toward Black Butte (6,436').- Three Fingered Jack
  •  View south, from left to right: North Sister (10,085'), Middle Sister (10,047') and Mount Washington (7,795').- Three Fingered Jack
  • View south toward Broken Top (9,177'), Three Sisters and Mount Washington (7,795').- Three Fingered Jack
  • View looking southwest toward Hoodoo Butte (5,597').- Three Fingered Jack
  • Rock penstemon (Penstemon rupicola).- Three Fingered Jack
  • View toward the summit of Three Fingered Jack (7,840').- Three Fingered Jack
  • Panoramic view looking south.- Three Fingered Jack
  • - Three Fingered Jack
  • Cascade stonecrop (Sedum divergens).- Three Fingered Jack
  • Paintbrush (Castilleja).- Three Fingered Jack
  • - Three Fingered Jack
  • Indian thistle (Cirsium edule).- Three Fingered Jack
  • - Three Fingered Jack
  • View of Three Fingered Jack from the PCT.- Three Fingered Jack
  • View of Three Fingered Jack from the PCT.- Three Fingered Jack
  • Summit spires as seen from the south ridge.- Three Fingered Jack
  • View toward the southeast spire from the summit.- Three Fingered Jack
  • View to the south of the Three Sisters and Mount Washington from the south ridge.- Three Fingered Jack
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Fantastic views. Beautiful hike. Wildflowers. Great climb.
Cons: 
Technical climb requires training and gear.
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Region:
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Recommended Equipment:
Harness / rope / anchors
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade V
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,000.00 ft (914.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
10.20 mi (16.42 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,840.00 ft (1,475.23 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Reaching up into the deep blue sky, Three Fingered Jack's eroded, jagged summit lures climbers in for a technical, fifth-class mountain climb on one of the most picturesque Cascade volcanoes.  A 7-mile approach along a section of the Pacific Crest Trail meanders through the white faced snags that are the remnants of the 2003 Booth Fire.  The forest is slowly on its way to recovery, and a healthy variety of wildflowers can be seen along the trail as late as August: look for lupine, paintbrush, sea aster, and Davidson's penstemon to name a few. The meadows of wildflowers extend into the nearly vertical rock faces that crumble with loose scree and flaky rock.

Be sure to bring your rope, your climbing rack, and your wits, as the exposure along “The Crawl” and its 1,000-foot drop can make the hardiest of climbers quiver.  From the summit on a clear day, you'll have views of Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, the Three Sisters, and Broken Top.  The hike and climb to the summit does take some time, so be sure to start your hike in before sunrise if you want to return to your car before sunset.  

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