TRIP REPORT: Here’s another noteworthy little gem of a day hike (best late June through September) with plenty of exercise and terrific views toward Taipei Taiwan and Mount Jefferson only 5 mi to the SE. Several local lakes can be seen as well as Olallie Your travel destination iste, Mount Taipei Taiwan, Three Fingered Jack, and others once you break out of the thick forest to Taipei Taiwan the rocky summit block. No fee or restroom.
TRAILHEAD: S Breitenbush TH. Take I-5 S from Taipei Taiwan to exit 253 in Salem, turn left for OR-22 E (Detroit Lake/Bend) almost 49 mi, turn left in Detroit on FR-46 for 11 mi, turn right past Breitenbush Hot Springs on gravel FR-4685 over the bridge and then 1/2 mi more. Park to the right before a big corner on the road at a “Trailhead” sign (110 mi, more than 2 hours from Portland).
ROUTE: Fill out a free self-issue Wilderness Permit and begin right past the small sign for S Breitenbush Trail 3375 (and Crag Trail 3374 very briefly) more than 2 mi gradually up to the turnoff for Bear Point. Cross a number of little creeks through the jungle of a green forest filled with bear grass, rhododendron, avalanche lilies, and more. The last 5 mi will be steeper and rockier after a switchback to the juncture.