All recreation offerings across the Willamette National Forest are currently closed including campgrounds, day use areas, trails, boat ramps and more. Forest Service roads are closed to the public across the Willamette National Forest unless you are vacating the Forest


Maxwell Trail Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

This area highlights the beauty of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness with a range of hikes from easy to difficult, lakes to mountains, wildflowers to the scars of wildfires.

Try the rigorous hike up Maxwell Butte Trail #3391. The trail incline and the views will take your breath away.

For an easier hike, try the 6.6 mile Duffy Lake Trail #3427 or challenge your endurance with the 9 mile round trip Santiam Lake Trail #3491.

For a full list of trails and other activities, see below.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:

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. Learn more.

General Information


Map of Maxwell Trail Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness

map of Mt. Jefferson - Maxwell trail area



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