The South Ridge of Three Fingered Jack is a great option for those climbers looking for very exciting alpine rock climbing. After a five mile approach on the beautiful Pacific Crest Trail, the climb begins in earnest. We’ll leave the main trail, and head up a steep climber’s path that gains the South Ridge of the peak. At the ridge, we often take a break, get geared up and get ready for the technical section of the climb.
The first roped climbing usually begins at “the crawl” – a steep exposed traverse that is breath-taking. From there, we walk along an exposed ridge for several minutes to reach the summit pinnacle. The cobblestone pitches lead to the summit. It is 2-4 hours, round trip from the beginning of the technical climbing.
We are able to schedule this climb Monday through Thursday only, because of limitations on all commercial permits in the Dechutes-Willamette National Forest.