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Canyon Creek Meadows – Annual Guys Weekend

September 24, 2012

Last weekend we completed our third annual guys weekend. We camped at Suttle Lake and hiked the Canyon Creek Meadows trail including the 3 mile spur up to a saddle on Three Fingered Jack. The weather was great and the smoke from the Pole Creek Fire didn’t affect us at all.

The Suttle Lake campground is a mile up the road from the road that leads to the trailhead. I followed the directions and used the hiking map here. We woke up around sunrise to break camp and get at early start on the hike. The closer you get to the Jack Lake trailhead the rougher the road is, but it’s nothing to worry about. The parking lot is big with plenty of space for 20+ cars. We paid our $5 day use fee and filled out the back country hiking form. After two minutes from the parking lot you can see Three Fingered Jack towering over Jack Lake and a forest of Silver snags from a 2003 fire.

We had many great views of the mountain throughout the hike.

After about 2 miles we got to the junction for the difficult part of the climb. From here we could see all the colors in rocks.

At the top of the ridge we ate lunch and could see for miles.

To the west we could see the Three Sisters and smoke from the Pole Creek Fire. To the east We could see Mt. Jefferson over the glacial lake we passed on the way up.From here we walked to the orange-ish ridge in the picture above for more photos.To the south of us was another cool rock formation. We left exploring that for another day.Here is some detail of the coloring on Three Fingered Jack.After descending back down the ridge we completed the loop. The path remained dusty and much of the walk was through dead forest. It was amazing to see the undergrowth emerging as the forest continued it’s life cycle.

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