We will meet at 8:30AM at the Albertson's on 58th and Main in Springfield. It is also near a main LTD bus station, for those riding the bus. I know that some meeting spots don't work for everyone, but please be willing to adapt. This new spot was suggested since it is along the highway that we are taking to Canyon Creek Meadows. Plan on leaving promptly at 9:00AM.
Trail Info: Canyon Creek Meadows is a 4.5 mile loop, with an elevation gain of 400'.
Where: Canyon Creek Meadows is located in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, somewhat near Sisters.
When: Meeting at 8:30AM at Best Buy.
Directions: From I-5 South take the 194A Exit for Springfield. Follow HWY 126 to Main St. in Springfield, and turn left onto HWY 126 for Bend and Central Oregon. Follow HWY 126 as it merges into HWY 20 near Santiam Pass. Turn off HWY 20 about 1 mile East of Suttle Lake at the Wilderness Trailheads sign near milepost 88. Drive North 4.4 miles on paved Jack Lake Road 12, turn left on one lane Road 1230 for 1.6 miles to the end of the pavement, and then fork left onto gravel Road 1234, climbing 6 miles of washboard gravel to the trailhead at the primitive Jack Lake Campground.
Details: We will leave Best Buy promptly at 9:00AM. The drive will take a little less than 3 hours by my estimates. We will hike from Jack Lake 0.4 miles to the start of the loop. As the Forest Service advises, we will turn left and hike the trail clockwise, limiting the number of hikers we pass on a possible busy afternoon. The trail will climb gradually over the next 1.7 miles through lodgepole pine snags, pass two ponds, and descend to the lower meadows. We can stop and take a lunch at the lower meadows. After enjoying our lunches and relaxing some, we will continue the loop 0.9 miles, passing a beaver marsh before reaching Canyon Creek Falls. From there it is 1.5 miles back to the trailhead.
Contact: Matt Howell (541)[masked]
Forest Service: Sisters Ranger District (541)[masked]
Requirements and Suggestions: Please bring a packed lunch and enough water to last you for a 4.5 mile hike. I highly recommend light, quick drying clothing, and dressing in layers. Durable hiking boots or waterproof shoes are highly encouraged. Due to it being later into the season, please be sure to pack a warm layer such as a fleece jacket or a down vest or jacket. The trailhead will be at 5130' and we will climb to about 5500', so please keep it in mind of the weather changes in higher elevation. Also remember to pack your 10 Essentials.
- Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Extra food and water
- Extra clothes
- Headlamp or flashlight
- First aid kit
- Fire starter
Carpooling: We will arrange carpools in the morning. Please be sure to bring money to chip in for gas to the drivers. With the distance, I suggest a reasonable $15 to $20 to drivers for their contributions and for their vehicle's wear and tear.
Parking Passes and Forest Regulations: Canyon Creek Meadows requires a Northwest Forest Pass or a $5 day fee. An annual Northwest Forest Pass is available for $30 at REI and other local sporting goods stores. Please bring it with you if you have one. Also it is required that we hike the trail loop clockwise, so please remember that when we start the loop.
* Also, the hike is limited to 12 hikers, due to the "12 Heartbeat Rule". In principle, the rule regulates the amount of foot traffic per group on the trail at one time. Pets count as a heartbeat. Many trails in the wilderness have this rule to keep the trails from being damaged from overuse by large groups, and to embrace the feeling of some solitude in the wilderness. [Note: if more than 12 hikers sign up, Bill will lead a second group]