South Breitenbush Trail #3375

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

This is one of several ways to reach Jefferson Park in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. The trail climbs above the South Breitenbush River through Douglas-Fir, Western Hemlock along with stands of Western White Pine. The trail crosses several small creeks within the first 1.5 miles and beyond that gets very rough in sections as it climbs to several small meadows with alpine flowers and seasonal ponds. Once in Jefferson Park, the trail intersects with the Pacific Crest Trail.


  • Distance: 6.1 miles (one way)
  • Elevation: begins at 3050 ft. elevation and ends at 5850 ft. elevation
  • Difficulty: Difficult

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.

Fees Day and Overnight visitors: Central Cascades Wilderness Permit required between Friday of Memorial Day weekend and the last Friday of September; reserve at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Parking: a valid recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment or Central Cascades Wilderness Permit holders must leave a permit trailhead vehicle pass in vehicle.
Permit Info: Wilderness self-issue permit required
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Detroit, Oregon
Water: No potable water
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342

General Information

General Notes:

Map of South Breitenbush trail


Access from South Breitenbush Trailhead



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Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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  Area/Length : 
6.1 miles (one way)

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  Elevation : 
3050 feet - 5850 feet