Old Summit Trail - Mt. Jefferson


The Old Summit Trail, also known as the Summit Lake Trail #4014, travels northward from Santiam Pass around the east side of Three Fingered Jack and rejoins the Pacific Crest Trail north of Minto Pass within Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

The Old Summit Trail is located within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. Wilderness Permits are required. See "Permit Info" below for more details

Access this trail from:

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at the Jack Lake Trailhead or the Pacific Crest Trailhead - Santiam Pass requires a $5/vehicle payment or a valid recreation pass. Passes can be purchased from Forest Service offices or local vendors. See "Passes" below for more information.

At a Glance

Fees: Recreation Fee Site: Parking at the Jack Lake Trailhead or the Pacific Crest Trailhead - Santiam Pass requires a $5/vehicle payment or a valid recreation pass
Permit Info: The Old Summit Trail enters the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. Wilderness permits are required. To determine which kind of Wilderness Permit you need, please follow the link to the trailhead you plan on using to access this trail:
  • Round Lake Trailhead & Pacific Crest Trailhead - Santiam Pass
    • Overnight Use Central Cascades Wilderness Permit between June 15 and October 15.
    • Day Use Free, self-issue Wilderness Permit (available at the trailhead) between June 15 and October 15.
  • Jack Lake Trailhead
Check out Recreation.gov for more information or call 1-877-444-6777.
Restrictions:
  • Wilderness restrictions apply in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.
  • Pamelia Lake – No camping within 100 feet of high-water mark of lake or any other water source
  • Campfires are prohibited above 5,700 feet and within these lake basins:
    • Marion Lake
    • Ann Lake
    • Table Lake
  • Motorized and mechanical equipment (including bicycles and drones) are prohibited in the Wilderness
  • Groups must be under 12 people and 12 head of stock
  • Build campfires at least 100 feet away from water
  • Pack in / Pack out!
  • “Take only pictures, leave only footprints” — please refrain from cutting, damaging, or gathering vegetation or other forest items (e.g. rocks, artifacts, etc.)
  • Please bury human waste 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet away from water
Closest Towns: Sisters, Oregon; Bend, Oregon
Passes: Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a $5 payment or a recreation pass. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased. Acceptable passes include:
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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
10.7 miles

  Elevation : 
4900 - 5400