Canyon Creek Meadows

AreaOregon Cascades - Central
(Mount Jefferson Wilderness)
Best time to visitLate July
Blooming NowNo
Elevation5130-5900 feet
Trail Info4.5 mile loop, 400 feet elevation gain to lower meadows

6.5 mile loop, 900 feet elevation gain to upper meadows

 Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide
DogsAllowed, but must be kept on leash AT ALL TIMES.
 Northwest Forest Pass required!

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.


Canyon Creek Meadows is an easy hike to a beautiful wildflower meadow and a fine view of Three Fingered Jack. Predominant flowers include lupine, paintbrush, western pasqueflower, mariposa lilies, Menzies' larkspur, and western columbine. We strongly recommend that you extend your hike to the upper meadows for even more wildflowers and an in-your-face view of TFJ.

As often happens in the High Cascades, the very best wildflower bloom is often accompanied by the most mosquitoes (following the snowmelt). Therefore, you should carry bug spray.

NOTE: Due to its proximity to Bend, this trail attracts hundreds of visitors each day on summer weekends. If you like solitude, you might want to consider visiting on a weekday.


From Highway 20 (1 mile east of Suttle Lake or 12.5 miles west of Sisters), turn north onto Jack Lake Road 12 (signed "Wilderness Trailheads"). Continue north for 4.4 paved miles, then turn left onto one-line Road 1230. Continue another 1.6 paved miles, then bear left onto gravel Road 1234. Continue 6 rough but passable miles uphill to the parking area and trailhead. (This section can be done in a regular passenger car.)

NOTE: There are two trailheads leading from the parking lot. Take the trail at the north end (closest to the kiosk).

Trip Reports

DateSubmitted by
Reports from previous years
07/05/2023Greg Lief
06/29/2015Greg Lief
08/04/2012Kathy Brewer
07/15/2012Greg Lief

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