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Bear Point Trail #3342

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Take switchbacks straight up to the summit of Bear Point for exceptional views of Jefferson and the rest of the Cascades


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1.8

Miles

2.8

KM

50%

Runnable

6,025' 1,837 m

High

4,358' 1,328 m

Low

1,667' 508 m

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0' 0 m

Down

18%

Avg Grade (10°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Views

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use.

Description

Bear Point Trail is only accessible from South Breitenbush Trail #3375, approximately 2 miles and 1,200 feet up from the main parking area on NF-4685. It's a great day-trip destination or as a challenging add-on for those backpacking in Jefferson Park.

From the clearly signed intersection with South Breitenbush Trail #3375, Bear Point Trail #3342 begins a gradual climb to the north through lush forest and over a few small streams (possibly dry late season). At just under a half mile into the hike you'll pass a large talus field with some maples that offer nice fall colors and then hit the first of the switchbacks. Nearly the entire remainder of the trail will be switchbacks that keep the grade reasonable for how much elevation you're knocking out. The surface is rocky and can be loose so mind your footing. About 1/3 of the way up the views to Jefferson open up - and what views they are! From this point on there are few trees to obstruct views or offer shade (so be prepared for lots of sun exposure). Although Jefferson dominates, you'll be treated to great views to the south as you gain elevation, including Three Finger Jack, Mount Washington, the Sisters, and more. At about the 1.25 mile mark the switchbacks stop and the trail instead climbs steadily northwest and then wraps around the back of the summit to avoid another talus field on the southern face. This last section can be snow covered into July as it's wooded and north/northwest facing unlike the exposed southern face you've come up.

The summit is broad and rocky with plenty of room to rest and offers 360 degree views of everything from Rainier to Diamond Peak.

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Mount Jefferson and Three Finger Jack on a cloudy day.
Jun 28, 2020 near Warm Sp…, OR
Jefferson Park and Mount Jefferson from the summit of Bear Point.
Jun 28, 2020 near Warm Sp…, OR
The fairly open trail results in near-constant vistas of Jefferson from 1/3 of the way on up.
Jun 28, 2020 near Warm Sp…, OR

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