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Bear Point

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

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  • The South Breitenbush Trail climbs gradually through a quiet, pretty forest.- Bear Point
  • There are a few small creeks that flow across the trail.- Bear Point
  • Oregon grape berries are everywhere in late summer. They are edible, but not flavorful, so consumption isn't recommended.- Bear Point
  • The obscure Bear Point Trail sign indicates the start of the real uphill.- Bear Point
  • The Bear Point trail crosses lush, beautiful meadows with nice views.- Bear Point
  • Tall shrubs line the trail.- Bear Point
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Bear Point
  • There are plenty of ripe huckleberries in August.- Bear Point
  • Looking west toward the foothills, the mountain ridges extend in all directions.- Bear Point
  • At the summit, a stout windbreak makes a nice resting spot.- Bear Point
  • Mount Jefferson (10,495') from Bear Point.- Bear Point
  • - Bear Point
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Excellent viewpoint. Huckleberries in the summer. Solitude.
Cons: 
Steep climbing on Bear Point Trail.
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Region:
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,000.00 ft (914.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.40 mi (11.91 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,040.00 ft (926.59 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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A beautiful former lookout site lies just a few miles from the South Breitenbush Trailhead, and it makes a great hike if you dare to tackle the steep climb to get there. Bear Point, located in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, was the site of a fire tower that was active from the 1930s to the 1960s. Now, just a few scraps remain. Visitors are treated to a splendid view of the northeast side of Mount Jefferson, as well as several other mountains, buttes and lakes.

The hike begins pleasantly enough, gently traversing the slopes above the South Fork of the Breitenbush River. At the trail junction for Bear Point, the character of the trail changes dramatically, and hikers must charge straight uphill to reach the summit. Early summer hikers experience pretty wildflower blooms, including paintbrush and beargrass. Late summer hikers are treated to ripe huckleberries along the way. As the trail gains elevation, there are more and more views of the surrounding terrain. Listen for the sharp calls from pikas that dart between gaps in the rocks along the talus slopes near the trail. 

At the summit, be sure to rest, enjoy the views, and take plenty of photos from the rocky points nearby. If you have the time and energy, it would be possible to head back down to the South Breitenbush trail, turn right, and head into Jefferson Park for a night of camping. From Jefferson Park, there are a number of trails and lakes to explore on a more extended trip.

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