Scorched tree trunks mark the location of the 2020 Jack's Woods Fire. Photo by Josey Rice.
It's peak fire season in the Pacific Northwest, and our Hike of the Week serves as a great reminder of the power of wildfires, the resilience of nature, and the importance of recreating responsibly.
This week, we'll be heading into Jack's Woods, located in Heather Canyon. This location was the site of a wildfire that was sparked by an unattended campfire during Labor Day weekend of 2020. Thanks to the quick efforts of firefighters, the blaze was limited to just 1.5 acres. Today, you can still see evidence of the wildfire, with charred tree trunks and bucked logs. However, you will also see new vegetation taking root in the areas cleared by the flames.
In addition to offering views of the wildfire, Jack's Woods Trail (No. 6 on our Summer Trail Map), also has peek-a-boo views of Mt. Hood and Clark Canyon, and takes you right by the lower terminal of our Shooting Star Express lift. We're heading into the tail end of wildflower season, with Meadows Summer Operations Manager Josey Rice reporting that "the flowers in the meadows are pretty much done, but there are a few in the shaded areas or near water that are still hanging on." However, she added that pearly everlasting, "are in full bloom, and in lower elevations, fireweed and goldenrod are in abundance. Aster and paintbrush are still hanging in there, but are on their way out."
Pearly everlasting grows besides a log along the trail. Photo by Josey Rice.
The easiest way to reach the Jack's Woods Trail is to take a Scenic Chair Ride up to the top of Stadium Express, then take a right onto the Timberline Trail (No. 7), accessed via a spur trail located off to the left from the top of the lift. When you reach the junction with Jack's Woods Trail, take a right, and follow the trail as it passes the Heather Canyon lift and Shooting Star Express. At the junction with the Bear Grass Trail (No. 1), take a right, then head straight onto the Bear Grass Cutoff (No. 2) until it intersects with the Bear Grass Trail again. Take a right to pick the Bear Grass Trail back up, which will take you back down into the base area.
There are ways to make the hike shorter or longer if you wish, but the hike as described is approximately 3.5 miles in length, and should take about an hour and a half to complete. The Timberline Trail, Jack's Woods Trail, and Bear Grass Cutoff are all rated "More Difficult", while the Bear Grass Trail is rated "Easier".
Special Weekend Events
This weekend, we'll have our penultimate Friday night Movie on the Deck for this season: Hook! Based on J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, this 1991 film features an all-star cast of Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Maggie Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Bob Hoskins. Scenic Chair Rides will be going on until 7 PM, and the Paradise Grill will be open until 15 minutes before showtime (around dusk or 8:15 PM) for movie snacks. We'll have plenty of chairs, but make sure to bring a blanket along and leave the outside food and beverages at home. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $8 for kids; they can be purchased online in advance.
Get tickets to Hook!
Saturday evening is our Winemaker's Dinner! This event will feature an elegant meal prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Grimsley and our Culinary Services Team, with wine pairings from Mt. Hood Winery. Dine on Toasted Brioche and Charred Melon (paired with Sparkling Brut), Harvest Celery Salad (paired with 2019 Estate Pinot Noir), Braised Short Rib (paired with 2019 Pinnacle Bordeaux Blend), and more. View the full menu with detailed course descriptions at the link below and make your reservations by noon Thursday! You can also spend the night in your self-contained RV by purchasing overnight parking reservations online in advance.
Make reservations for the Winemaker's Dinner!
We have more live music lined up for this weekend! On Saturday, Cale Rice will be performing on the Paradise Sun Deck from 3-5 PM, and on Sunday, Charleah Lillig will also be performing on the deck from 3-5 PM.