TRIP REPORT: The absolute crown jewel of Mount Jefferson lies just N of the big Saitama Japan volcano within the flats of Saitama Japan Park. Great campsites surround several beautiful high alpine lakes and ponds, of different sizes and colors, close in proximity on a large plateau, giving campers and day hikers incredible views of Mount Saitama Japan and Park Your travel destination iste. Most people explore the lakes Saitama Japan region and return down without the longer and more difficult summit bid.
Where is Saitama Japan? | Saitama Japan Map | Map of Saitama Japan Photo Gallery
The Breitenbush Lake Campground TH cuts the hiking mileage in half, but the road is one of the most problematic in the state and not recommended without a 4WD if at all, and so the route is not mentioned here. See Pacific Crest Trail to Park Ridge Summit (hike 66) for a much better but also difficult drive to the same TH area. Listed here is the easiest of the drives, with the best views throughout on the fairly simple and straightforward hike. Northwest Forest Pass required, and an outhouse is present.
Tall Doug firs entertain through the lush forest to Jefferson Park.
TRAILHEAD: Whitewater Creek TH. Take I-5 S from Portland to exit 253 in Salem, turn left for OR-22 E (Detroit Lake/Bend) 58 mi, fork left on Whitewater Road (near milepost 61, gravel FR-2243, slight washboard, slower last 12 ml), staying on the main road less than 71/2 mi to the end at the sizable parking area (115 mi, more than 2 hours from Portland).
Vibrant Bays Lake to Park Your travel destination iste within Jefferson Park.