Three Fingered Jack has the distinction of being the smallest of all the alpine summits in the Oregon Cascades. This jagged peak is notorious for “the crawl” – an exposed fifth-class traverse that represents the beginning of the technical climbing several hundred feet from the summit. After that, the route climbs through a cobblestone chimney, and up a ridge to the summit. Touching this summit is a proud acheivement! The approach follows the Pacific Crest Trail for five miles before breaking on to climbers trails towards the peak.
The first roped climbing usually begins at “the crawl” – a steep exposed traverse that is breath-taking. From there, we walk along an exposed ridge for several minutes to reach the summit pinnacle. The cobblestone pitches lead to the summit. It is 2-4 hours, round trip from the beginning of the technical climbing.
We are able to schedule this climb Monday through Thursday only, because of limitations on all commercial permits in the Dechutes-Willamette National Forest.