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Cheat Creek Trail #3441

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

The trail meanders through older Douglas-fir and Western Hemlock forest. The trail passes through Wild Cheat Meadows about 3 miles up the trail. As you approach, proceed quietly and you may catch glimpses of elk or deer using the meadow. Wildflowers are abundant throughout the meadow.

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.

Permit Info: Wilderness self-issue permit required
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Idanha, Oregon
Detroit, Oregon
Water: No potable water
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342

General Information


Access from Cheat Creek Trailhead

General Notes:

Map of Cheat Creek trail

Trail intersects Triangulation trail #3373. If one travels east on #3373, you will intersect with Whitewater trail #3429 providing a means for a shuttle. This trail is not suitable for stock.

Close to:


3 - 4 vehicles



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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult
Areas & Activities



  Area/Length : 
2.9 miles

  Latitude : 

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  Elevation : 
3200 feet - 4800 feet