Jefferson Park Ridge

Mt. Jefferson from Russell Lake

  • Easy (to Pyramid Butte)
  • 4-mile loop
  • 800 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-July to mid-October
  • Use: hikers, horses


  • Moderate (to Park Ridge)
  • 7.4 miles round trip
  • 1400 feet elevation gain


  • Difficult (to Jefferson Park)
  • 11.2 miles round trip
  • 2400 feet elevation gain


Mt. Jefferson fills half the sky from the green alpine meadows and sparkling lakes of Jefferson Park. A heavily-used portion of the Pacific Crest Trail climbs across Park Ridge to this patch of paradise. For a less difficult hike, consider setting your goal as the spectacular viewpoint atop Park Ridge itself. An even easier alternative is a short loop on a meadow-lined section of the old Skyline Trail past Pyramid Butte. Be forewarned, however, that the trailhead can be reached only by high-clearance vehicles, and that Jefferson Park is often crowded on summer weekends.

From Interstate 205 near Oregon City, take exit …

Other Options

Two other routes reach Jefferson Park. The less crowded …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.