Canyon Creek Meadows is a breathtakingly beautiful alpine meadow located high up in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. The clearing is rimmed by magnificent peaks and ribboned with crystal clear streams, and for much of the summer, the fields are alight with thousands of colorful wildflowers. This hidden gem is truly enchanting.
To reach the meadows, you'll take a lovely 2-mile hike beginning at Jack Lake.
The trail will lead you through beautiful forested landscapes. As you get closer, you'll begin to see the vibrant blooms of wildflowers.
Late July is the prime time for wildflowers. Be careful not to trample them though, as the high-altitude ecosystems are fragile.
Looming over the meadows you'll find the unmistakable craggy peak of Three Fingered Jack. This beautiful rock face stands out against the sky majestically.
Bring along a picnic if you'd like, and spend some time relaxing in the sun. But always be sure to clean up after yourself and leave no trace behind.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can continue along a short but very steep trail that will lead you to this hidden glacial lake beneath the peak of Three Fingered Jack. You'll have to do a bit of scrambling to get there. Keep an eye out for mountain goats (I saw 11 when I was there last week!) and if you do see them, don't disturb them.
If you want to extend your stay, you can hike in with your camping gear and pitch your tent in the trees. It can be windy at night, so you'll want the coverage. There's a no fire rule, so be sure to bring lots of layers and pre-made food. Stay up late to see a magnificent night sky.
Canyon Creek Meadows is absolutely enchanting.