At a Glance
Other Adventure options
Balanced: Several camping spots available to stretch this trip out for backpacking. Please note, a Central Cascades permit will be required beginning in 2021 or an out and back to the Porcupine Rock viewpoint
Brutal: Add in the 18 mile out and back to Mt Washington south on the Pacific Crest Trail to graze two volcanic peaks. You can also summit Three Fingered Jack depending on your climbing ability. This is not an easy climb – details here.
Need to Know
Parking pass required: Northwest Forest Pass
Overnight camping permit required: Central Cascades
Water: Limited sources on PCT portion of the hike. Plan on carrying sufficient water as this is a hot, exposed hike in summer weather.
Please: Always remember to follow the Leave No Trace principles when recreating on public land. Our actions not only impact the land; they influence others to better care for these lands when we lead by example. Please see additional route cautions at the bottom of this page.
The Three Fingered Jack circumnavigation is a classic, challenging route through Oregon’s volcanic country. The route can be hiked clockwise or counterclockwise. The west side has few water sources but fairly good tree cover, while the east side has more options for water but is open and exposed from wildfire. Shorter day trip options are available, and there are good camping spots if you wish to extend your adventure.
Overnight stays in this area will require permits between the end of May and late September (please check recreation.gov for details). Day trips do require free day use permits (filled out at the wilderness entry point).