McQuade Creek Trail #3397

The trail provides access to the Middle Santiam Wilderness boundary. It crosses a tributary to McQuade Creek and then McQuade Creek, the first crossing is a simple jump across a smaller stream, the second can be challenging at higher stream flows.  

The trail follows the contours of the mountains very well with a steady and gradual increase in elevation up to the saddle where it meets Chimney Peak Trail.  

The route takes you through climax Western Hemlock forest with spectacular scenery. The remnants of the old McQuade Creek Cabin are near the top of the trail.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Self-issue wilderness permit required
Closest Towns: Cascadia and Sweet Home, Oregon
Water: Water from streams should be filtered.
Information Center: Sweet Home Ranger Station

General Information


Access from McQuade Creek Trailhead


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
5.2 miles

  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 

  Elevation : 
2630 - 4650