Three Fingered Jack
South Ridge Route to Summit

August 25, 2002
Jane & Tom Merrow

Who:  Roger Fox, Tom Merrow and Jane Merrow

When:  Left Bend at 5:30 a.m., Sunday, August 25th, arrived home about 12 hours later

Where:  From the Pacific Crest Trail at Santiam Pass, to the summit of Three Fingered Jack and back

What:  Ten hours of hiking, scree-scrambling, view admiring, rotten-rock traversing, and technical (5.1-5.4) rock climbing

How far:  About 13 miles to and from trailhead

How high:  Elevation gain of about 2920 ft from trailhead to summit (7841 ft)

GPS coordinates:  44'28.389 121'50.979 (Datum WGS 84) is where climber's trail leaves the PCT. It is 5.3 miles from the PCT trailhead to the cairn that marks the climber's trail.

Weather:  Rain, thunder and lightening over the Sisters as we drove toward Santiam Pass, but except for a few clouds, the weather bypassed Three Fingered Jack. Rain and hail as we got home to Bend. We were lucky -- nice, cool hiking with reasonable visibility from the ridge and summit.

Would you do it again?  You betcha! Love that exposure.

Click on small pictures below to see larger pictures.

 
A view of the summit from the climber's trail Jane enjoying the views from the ridge Roger and Tom climbing an exposed section of rotten rock Roger coming up the Crawl  
 
Clouds moving through Tom on the ridge Another party leading the summit pitch A view from the summit - lots of exposure Roger descending