Backcountry Trail Run - Three Fingered Jack/South Ridge


Backcountry Trail Run - Three Fingered Jack/South Ridge

Scenic trail run around Three-Fingered Jack! A challenging circumnavigation of the whole volcano 🌋

  • Strenuous 3
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 22.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,150 ft
  • Pace: 3-5mph

Meet at PCT trailhead on Santiam Pass, Oregon, on Saturday, 9/16/23, at 8:30am.

PCT trailhead information:

Please explain your preparation for this run when you request leader's permission, thanks!

  • Weather, wildfire smoke or other hazards may cancel this trip. 
  • Leader plans to camp at the Big Lake West Campground nearby on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Gaia information:

  • Read a description here of this loop.  Three Fingered Jack is a great first circumnavigation of a volcano. The run is 22 miles with 3150′ of climbing. The start of the loop is easy to get to as it is located on the PCT at Santiam Pass. It’s also easy to navigate as only three trails are used, the PCT on the west side, Old Summit Trail #4014 on the east side, and just .2 miles of the Minto Pass Trail that connects the trails in the NE section of the loop at Wasco Lake.

Three Fingered Jack/South Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Pack to carry your gear, food, water, water treatment, etc.
  • Sturdy running shoes
  • Sun protection (sunglasses, hat, etc.)
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