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Length: 10 mile loop
Elevation Change: 2000' cumulative elevation gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Difficult
NWF Pass Not Required


This hike begins on what is called the Foley Ridge Trail #3511. The trail is a main link to the Pacific Crest Trail from a west side approach to The Husband and/or the Three Sisters themselves.

The hike to Subsitute Point is almost entirely within a forested area with very little views along the way. In season, however, this can be a very enjoyable wildflower hike. Because of the elevations along this trail, you might even find snow in the shady areas as late as August. However, it should not be a problem for staying on trail.

The trail meanders to the southeast as it gently climbs toward Subsitute Point. The overall elevation gain is over 2000 feet. Also, in July you are very likely to encounter a serious number of mosquitos and even the black flies.

At about 4.3 miles you will come to a junction where Trail #3511 continues on to the east toward the Pacific Crest Trail. You will want to bear right and begin the final climb to the summit of Substitute Point. Even here the trail is mostly within the forest, but soon you will break out into ever increasing views of the mountain to the east.

The final section of the trail, just before the summit, is very rocky and steep, but not dangerous. Rather is it kind of spectacular and you rise over the ridge to the fantastic views in all directions.

This hike is not for faint hearted. It is long. Take plenty of water, and rest often.

Substitute Point Pano
How to get there:

From McKenzie River Ranger Station drive east on Highway 126 about of a mile to Foley Ridge Road No. 2643. Take Road 2643 about 9-1/2 miles to junction with a spur road - stay left and follow the Foley Trailhead signs. Foley Ridge Trailhead is located at the end of the road, about 2 more miles.

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