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July 29, 2016

Jefferson Park backpacking

Two night backpacking trip to Jefferson Park in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon

Total mileage for all three days: 18.7 miles with 2,400 ft. elevation gain

DAY 1

about 6 miles with 1,800 ft. elevation gain

We hiked in via the Whitewater Trail to the PCT, then into Jefferson Park. Our campsite was at Rock Lake, which we had all to ourselves the first night. When we arrived at our campsite, we met three very nice guys (hello Gary, Alan and Dave!). We had been warned that the mosquitos were terrible, so we were prepared for the worst. Fortunately, they really weren’t that bad. I sprayed my clothing with Sawyer Permethrin and used Sawyer Picardin on my body… and it worked! Only two bites.

We met two super nice park rangers, who were checking permits. If you want to camp at Jefferson Park, you need to reserve a permit online.

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Mount Jefferson Wilderness sign

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view from the Whitewater Trail

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backpacking in to Jefferson Park

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meadow with Mount Jefferson

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first wildflower meadow

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entering Jefferson Park

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Scout Lake with Park Butte

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Mount Jefferson over Scout Lake

trail junction

trail junction

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sunset from our campsite at Rock Lake

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our campsite

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meadows

DAY 2

4.7 miles with 600 ft gain + about 2 miles in the evening

We explored the Jefferson Park area, beginning at the PCT and heading north to Russell Lake. We then hiked south to the junction for Park Lake and the South Fork Breitenbush River. Both sides of the river were literally covered with wildflowers. After exploring this area and having lunch by the river, we continued back to the PCT and south to Scout Lake and Bays Lake. In the evening, we did a short hike to take photos at dusk, my favorite time of day to be running around with a camera in my hand.

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day hike to explore Jefferson Park

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Pacific Crest Trail sign

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Russell Lake

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Russell Lake

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South Fork of the Breitenbush River

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wildflowers beside the river

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Park Lake

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section between Rock Lake and Park Lake

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Rock Lake (can you see my tent?)

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evening hike

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Bays Lake

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my tent at Rock Lake

Day 3

hike out to the trailhead
about 6 miles with 1,800 ft. elevation loss

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wildflowers!

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hiking out of Jefferson Park

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