Jack Lake Mt Jefferson Wilderness

Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon.

The Mount Jefferson Wilderness straddles Oregon's central Cascades and includes 7,841' Three Fingered Jack.

Summary

This popular day hike is suffering the results of heavy use and poor trail maintenance—trail erosion has created incised trails causing users to hike on the edges of the incised trail.  The result is a ditch with a trail on each side.

Followup

The USFS is collecting fees under the Northwest Forest Pass from users at this trailhead.  They should be able to expect the agency to use those funds to better care for the resource.

Bucking out windfalls tight to the trail reduces user impacts by preventing traffic from wandering off the trail.