Canyon Creek Meadows; Three Fingered Jack

August 3, 1985

I first visited Canyon Creek Meadows in July of 1980 on an Obsidian trip lead by Mike and Al Niems. The area instantly became one of my favorites. I’ve been back there annually ever since, usually leading an Obsidian trip. This year’s trip was near the beginning of summer camp so I didn’t know if there would be very many participants. As it turned out nine people signed up, which made up a perfect-sized hiking group: large enough for a diversity of personalities but small enough for us to get acquainted with one another.

For those of you who have never been on this hike, it is hard to believe the diversity that it offers: beginning at a lake, continuing through pine and fir forest for a couple of miles, coming out into a large meadow covered with flowers with Three Fingered Jack as a backdrop, another short section of forest that leads to the alpine area with a moraine, a tarn and a glacier on the side of the mountain. After struggling up the steep trail on the east slope, one is finally rewarded with a breath taking panorama of the Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, Broken Top, Bachelor Butte, and Mt. Jefferson while standing at the side of Three Fingered Jack. That is an exceptional experience after only hiking in three miles.

I am glad to have had such a companionable group with whom to spend the day: Ruth Coffman, Deborah Griffin, Donna Holland, Joan Connolly, Norma Lockyear, Mert Hayman, Betty Powell, Alys Riley, Eilein Sprague and Anne Montgomery, leader. Thank you for making the day even better.

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