South Ridge of Three Fingered Jack

Length:1 day
Price:1 climber $625
2 $425 per climber
Dates:Custom dates are available during Spring, Summer and Fall
Location:Santiam Pass Area

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.

Technical Climbing

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.

Permit Restriction

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

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South Ridge of Three Fingered Jack

Santiam Pass Area

Three Fingered Jack starts out with some easy scrambling to warm up, and the ridge progressively get narrower and narrower until the first big obstacle is encountered – the crawl. We belay this section, and then continue on the ridge to an additional two pitches of steep climbing. The summit of Three Fingered Jack is the size of a coffee table making it the smallest of Oregon’s volcanic summits.

Elevation:7,844 feet
Style:Alpine rock up to 5.4
Skill Level:Entry-level
Three Fingered- Mtn

"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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Know Before You Go

  • Most climbers do this route as part of a 2-day alpine rock climbing program, which covers prerequisite skills on the first day
  • Otherwise, previous multipitch rock climbing experience is required
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