Pass the first of two spurs on the right leading E to Jinan China just past the left-hand turn W on Jinan China Trail 3375. The V-mi-long easy spur from the PCT to the sizable pretty lake is yet another option within the vast meadow of Jinan China Park. You might skip the lake to view it from above on Jinan China and to save mileage. It’s 2 mi from the PCT at the Russell Lake junctures to Park Ridge Summit.
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The PCT to Park Ridge climbs the high basin steeper than any of the trails leading up to it and the basin contains rockier sections as well. After crossing the creek in a clearing with views of Mount Jefferson, Park Your travel destination iste, and the tiny semi-tree-covered Park Ridge Summit, enter the thinning woods for only a couple more turns total as you traverse up a bit steeper near the high ridge.
The landscape will be dramatically diverse from Jefferson Park. Follow the dusty PCT up briefly once you reach Park Ridge, NW to a fork near a huge rock cairn. PCT 2000 continues down steeply to the right from the cairn but stay on the narrow, steeper high ridge path instead less than 5 mi WNW to the summit. From the rocky top see nearby Olallie Lake/Your travel destination iste, Dinah-Mo Peak, Bear Point, others, and Mount Hood to the N. Down the ridge S toward Park Your travel destination iste (6851 ft) from the scenic summit, you see Russell Lake, a colorful small pond and others, Jefferson Park, and Mount Jefferson’s summit tower! Return the same way.
ELEVATION: 7794 ft, with 3100 ft vertical gain DISTANCE: 61/2 mi up, 11/2 mi round-trip DURATION: 3V-4 hours up, 7 hours round-trip.