South Ridge of Mount Jefferson

Length:3 days
Price:1 climber $1,425
2 $900 per climber
Dates:Custom dates are available in July and August
Location:Mount Jefferson Wilderness

The South Ridge of Mount Jefferson is a physically demanding climb that will challenge the intermediate to advanced climber with a bit of steep snow and rock climbing. We’ll start our approach from the west side of the mountain heading towards the Pamelia Lake area. We don’t spend all that much time on established trails for a Mt. Jefferson climb, you’ll need to be confident on your feet with your overnight pack! We’ll stage our base camp high on the mountain putting us in a good position for a big summit day on day two.  Our summit day will find climbers traversing high and exposed snowfields and eventually onto some low fifth class rock leading to the summit.  We’ll head back to camp to rest and refuel after our big summit day, in preparation for our hike out on day three.

This route is a good choice for climbers who have done a few other alpine climbs before. Participants should be comfortable on steep snow and easy fifth class rock. Climbing Mt. Jefferson is a difficult task, we’ll have a challenging hike in, a big summit day, and rugged terrain throughout. While the climbing isn’t technical, this is a physically difficult climb that shouldn’t be underestimated. Many climbers have turned back at the Red Saddle.

Permit Restriction

We are only able to schedule this climb Monday through Thursday, because of restrictions on all commercial permits in the Deschutes-Willamette National Forest

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South Ridge of Mount Jefferson

Mount Jefferson Wilderness

This climb is a long forested approach to the south side of the mountain. Above treeline, a long march up the moderate South Ridge finally leads to the Red Saddle. From here, only 400 vertical feet below the summit, the real fun begins. Climbers must make a long steep traverse – sometimes snow and sometimes scree – to reach the base of the summit pinnacle. From there, two rope-lengths of 4th and 5th class climbing leading to the summit of Mount Jefferson, possibly the proudest peak in all of Oregon.

Elevation:10,495 ft
Style:Steep snow traversing, and 5th class alpine rock
Skill Level:Entry-level
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"I am very happy with my TMG experience. The guides were professional, personable, and extremely concerned about safety. . . I absolutely give highest marks to these guys. If you don't have much Alpine experience, or just want the security of seasoned veterans guiding you up this mountain, then I strongly recommend you sign up with them. Thanks, guys, for a great experience!!"

George C
Highland, UT

"What a fantastic experience gaining the summit of a mountain we've gazed on from Portland for 25 years! . . . We learned a great deal, had a ton of fun, felt in very capable hands, and had the reward of summiting on a beautiful clear day. The value of being with a professional, certified, guide and guiding organization was evident throughout. Kudos to the TMG team who were responsive, supportive, and fun to work with every step of the way."

Malcolm C
Portland, OR

"We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, . . super friendly and reputable. The program did not go as planned due to inclement weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. I would recommend going with them if it's your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure."

Portland, OR

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  • Climbers should have prior rock climbing experience as well as excellent physical fitness.
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