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Stahlman Point

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

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  • Limited parking at the trailhead.- Stahlman Point
  • The trailhead plaque.- Stahlman Point
  • Skirting an unnamed creek.- Stahlman Point
  • Dogs are welcome!- Stahlman Point
  • Second-growth forest near the start of the trail.- Stahlman Point
  • Douglas fir forest thins, which opens up views.- Stahlman Point
  • Thinning Douglas fir forest.- Stahlman Point
  • Thicker second-growth Douglas fir forest.- Stahlman Point
  • View of Detroit Reservoir through the trees.- Stahlman Point
  • View of Detroit Reservoir through the trees.- Stahlman Point
  • Forest foliage along the trail.- Stahlman Point
  • Large downed tree over the trail before crossing the runoff.- Stahlman Point
  • Lush greenery along the trail.- Stahlman Point
  • The final pitch to the viewpoint.- Stahlman Point
  • View of Detroit Reservoir and surrounding ridges.- Stahlman Point
  • Mount Jefferson obstructed by clouds above the town of Idanha, Oregon.- Stahlman Point
  • View to the north of Stahlman Point.- Stahlman Point
  • Mount Jefferson above the town of Idanha and Highway 22.- Stahlman Point
  • Mount Jefferson.- Stahlman Point
  • View of Detroit Reservoir and surrounding ridges.- Stahlman Point
  • Mount Jefferson above the town of Idanha and Highway 22.- Stahlman Point
  • Close-up of Dome Rock and the waterfall below Tumble Lake high above Detroit Reservoir.- Stahlman Point
  • The old pilings of the former fire lookout.- Stahlman Point
  • Lush greenery along the trail.- Stahlman Point
  • Lush greenery along the trail.- Stahlman Point
  • Dense second-growth forest.- Stahlman Point
  • Small trilliums recently blossomed.- Stahlman Point
  • Lookout tower remains on Stahlman Point.- Stahlman Point
  • The fire tower remains at Stahlman Point.- Stahlman Point
  • Detroit Lake and Piety Island.- Stahlman Point
  • Mount Jefferson from Stahlman Point.- Stahlman Point
  • Trillium en route to Stahlman Point.- Stahlman Point
  • Sunset above Detroit Reservoir.- Stahlman Point
  • Distant foothills above Detroit Reservoir as evening light fades.- Stahlman Point
  • Alpenglow on Mount Jefferson above the town of Idanha.- Stahlman Point
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Old-growth forest. Solitude. Great views. Some wildflowers.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,203.00 ft (366.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,805.00 ft (550.16 m)
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Hike Description

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Stahlman Point is an easily accessible hike not far from Detroit Lake. The hike ascends through second- and old-growth forest to a high viewpoint overlooking the reservoir and Mount Jefferson.

The trail follows an unnamed creek a few hundred feet before diverting into the forest. The young Douglas fir forest soon thins, offering views of nearby Detroit Reservoir. Continue to meander through the verdant, lush forest and its fauna as the trail somewhat levels out, passing through a runoff trough surrounded by several old downed trees. The trail then begins a somewhat steeper incline as it wraps around the contours of the mountains.

In the late spring, enjoy the small trillium flowers alongside the trail and the rhododendrons toward the end of the trail. Three switchbacks ascend the final pitch to Stahlman Point. The last 200 feet are steep and rocky with some exposure.

A fire lookout once stood on a level platform at Stahlman Point. This fire lookout was destroyed in 1966. The pilings are all that remain, offering makeshift stools to sit and enjoy your lunch along with the vast views. Mount Jefferson lies above the town of Idanha and Highway 22 to the east. Mountains and ridges surround Detroit Reservoir to the west.

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