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Stahlman Point Trail #3449

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (6)

A trail that takes hikers above the lake for classic Oregon views of Mt. Jefferson and the North Santiam River.


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Point to Point

2,911' 887 m

High

1,843' 562 m

Low

1,068' 325 m

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0' 0 m

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10%

Avg Grade (6°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

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Start at the Stahlman Point trailhead on the south side of Detroit Lake. The trailhead lies right between Shady Cove and the South Shore Campgrounds on the lake. You'll have to hike this as an out-and-back; there are no roads or alternative ways to the summit.

From the start, the trail meanders through second growth Douglas Fir forest complete with the usual Oregon understory of Oregon Grape, Salal, and Sword Fern. The trail is steep, but never relentless. Short, steep sections give way to well-timed, leg-resting reprieves.

About halfway up the trail, you'll begin to catch views of Detroit Lake, Dome Rock, and French Creek Ridge through the forest. At 2,500', the trail turns southeast and enters a section of old-growth Douglas Fir forest. Shortly after ducking under an ancient, downed forest giant that hangs above the trail, you'll pass over an intermittent creek and resume climbing.

After the creek, the steepness levels off a bit and makes for an enjoyable climb as the views get better and better through the forest. Two more switchbacks and you'll be on top of Stahlman Point enjoying the views. The Point used to be a fire lookout for obvious reasons.

From the summit, soak in the 360-degree views of Detroit Lake, Coffin Mountain, French Creek Ridge, the North Santiam River, and, finally, Mt. Jefferson before enjoying the downhill you just earned.

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Breyden Holoubek

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 6 votes

#1

in Detroit

#6555

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  4.5 from 6 votes
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#1

in Detroit

#190

in Oregon

#6,555

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Suggesting a better route up
Sep 24, 2019 near Mill City, OR
Detroit Lake makes intermittent appearances on the climb.
Jul 14, 2017 near Mill City, OR
Between the root-drops and rock outcroppings, the singletrack is smooth and easy going.
Jul 14, 2017 near Mill City, OR

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Jul 4, 2020
Krista Vogel
Great day hike with moderate incline and a quick scramble to beautiful views of Mt Jefferson and Detroit Lake at the top. 2.1mi
May 24, 2020
Thien Nguyen
Sep 7, 2019
Karl W
Aug 17, 2019
Joe Martinez
Aug 15, 2019
Caleb Finley
Nov 10, 2018
David Gaspar
Amazing view of Mt. Jefferson and Detroit Lake from the top! You're going to have to climb some smooth rocks to get to the top though. 2mi — 2h 00m
Aug 24, 2017
Rich Mirabella