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    Very Hard
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    1,714 m
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    19.8 km
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    Seven Fingered Jack Hike


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    Seven Fingered Jack is a hike suitable for experienced hikers who are comfortable with loose rocky scrambles that lack a defined trail. It’s a 19.8 km hike with hefty vertical gain and it only sees light traffic. If this trail seems like too much, try nearby Mount Maude, which is still a tough hike but offers more manageable scrambles.

    Route Description for Seven Fingered Jack Hike

    Seven Fingered Jack (often shortened as 7FJ) is a challenging objective and the hike to the top via Phelps Creek Trail will stretch you technically and physically. That said, the views are sublime and it’s a very fun adventure. Come prepared for a long trail with scrambling up to Class III required. Poles are recommended.

    Beginning from the Phelps Creek Trailhead, enjoy a more relaxed 4.8 km start. Once you turn up Leroy Creek (staying right at the junction and taking care if the water level is high), you’ll begin to quickly and aggressively gain elevation. Enjoy the views in the basin as you navigate past the camping area. Go straight at the junction for Carne and Maude and begin a grueling straight-up climb. The route isn’t always obvious at all, so keep an eye on your GPS and take it easy over the loose rock.Enjoy the views at the well-earned summit. Coming down is a treat, of course. You’ll need to pick your way down the loose rocks back to the trail and then retrace your steps to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Seven Fingered Jack Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for Seven Fingered Jack is at the end of Phelps Creek Trailhead Road. There is parking here.

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