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Three Sisters Wilderness

Oregon, United States
 (4 votes, 4 reviews)

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Mckenzie Pass Highpoint and Dee Wright Observatory Trails
You will feel like you're on the moon while exploring the trails through the lava fields at the height of Mckenzie Pass
Easy
1.0 mi/
1.6 km
Proxy Falls
This loop trail, travels through open lava fields and dense forest, offering views of two waterfalls.
Easy
1.5 mi/
2.4 km
Castle Rock
Easy hike through Douglas Fir forest. From the top you can see the McKenzie River Valley as well as the Three Sisters.
Easy
2.4 mi/
3.9 km
French Pete Creek Trail
Easy hike through along French Pete Creek, through old growth timber.
Easy
3.2 mi/
5.2 km
Tumalo Mountain Backcountry Ski
A terrific short ski descent from a small peak next to Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.
Easy
4.7 mi/
7.6 km
Horsepasture Mountain
A short, but moderately steep hike to amazing views of the Three Sisters cascade area.
Moderate
2.3 mi/
3.7 km
Lava Camp to S Mathieu
5.2 mile trail near Sisters Oregon in the Three sisters wilderness area
Moderate
2.8 mi/
4.5 km
Moderate
5.4 mi/
8.7 km
Lowder Mountain
This is a nice hike through forests and meadows up to a summit with views of the Cascades.
Moderate
5.6 mi/
9.0 km
Devils Lake Trail
6.0 mile trail near Bend, Oregon
Moderate
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Olallie Mountain Bike Trail
An amazing afternoon ride on some great single track trails.
Moderate
9.4 mi/
15.1 km
South Sister Summit Guide
via Devil's Lake T.H.
Moderate
10.8 mi/
17.4 km
South Sister Spring Backcountry Skiing
From the Cascade Lakes Highway to the top of the tallest Sister in a day.
Difficult
10.9 mi/
17.5 km
South Sister Summit
Climbing to the summit of the South Sister from Devil's Lake Trailhead.
Difficult
12.0 mi/
19.3 km
Broken Top Ski Descent of SW Ridge and Crater Bowl
A long trek in on skins rewards you with epic lines to ski
Difficult
13.8 mi/
22 km
Hayden Glacier Ski Descent
This is a wonderful spring or early summer ski descent of the Hayden Glacier on Middle Sister
Difficult
15.8 mi/
25 km
Broken Top Standard Summit Route
Via Green Lakes and Northwest Ridge
Difficult
16.6 mi/
27 km
Middle and North Sister Summit Climb
Via Obsidian Trail approach from the west
Difficult
22 mi/
36 km
Linton Lake
Easy trail wanders through forest and lava flow, to Linton Lake. Great hike for kids with very little elevation gain.
n/a
3.1 mi/
5.0 km
Guides
South Sister Summit
South Sister Summit
Bend, Oregon, United States
 
Difficult: 12.0 miles, Full day
Climbing to the summit of the South Sister from Devil's Lake Trailhead.
Tam McArthur Rim Hike, Central Cascades
Tam McArthur Rim Hike, Central Cascades
Elk Lake, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 5.4 miles, Half day
Broken Top Ski Descent of SW Ridge and Crater Bowl
Broken Top Ski Descent of SW Ridge and Crater Bowl
Elk Lake, Oregon, United States
 
Difficult: 13.8 miles, Full day
A long trek in on skins rewards you with epic lines to ski
Tumalo Mountain Backcountry Ski
Tumalo Mountain Backcountry Ski
Bend, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 4.7 miles, Half day
A terrific short ski descent from a small peak next to Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.
Middle and North Sister Summit Climb
Middle and North Sister Summit Climb
Blue River, Oregon, United States
Difficult: 22 miles, Multiple days
Via Obsidian Trail approach from the west
Broken Top Standard Summit Route
Broken Top Standard Summit Route
Bend, Oregon, United States
Difficult: 16.6 miles, Full day
Via Green Lakes and Northwest Ridge
South Sister Summit Guide
South Sister Summit Guide
Elk Lake, Oregon, United States
Moderate: 10.8 miles, Full day
via Devil's Lake T.H.
Horsepasture Mountain
Horsepasture Mountain
McKenzie River, Oregon, United States
Moderate: 2.3 miles, 1-3 hours
A short, but moderately steep hike to amazing views of the Three Sisters cascade area.
Olallie Mountain Bike Trail
Olallie Mountain Bike Trail
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, United States
Moderate: 9.4 miles, Half day
An amazing afternoon ride on some great single track trails.
Castle Rock
Castle Rock
McKenzie River, Oregon, United States
Easy: 2.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Easy hike through Douglas Fir forest. From the top you can see the McKenzie River Valley as well as the Three Sisters.
South Sister Spring Backcountry Skiing
South Sister Spring Backcountry Skiing
Elk Lake, Oregon, United States
Difficult: 10.9 miles, Full day
From the Cascade Lakes Highway to the top of the tallest Sister in a day.
Hayden Glacier Ski Descent
Hayden Glacier Ski Descent
Sisters, Oregon, United States
Difficult: 15.8 miles, Full day
This is a wonderful spring or early summer ski descent of the Hayden Glacier on Middle Sister
Community Trips
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Summit Black Crater
by was on Aug 15, 2009
Sisters, Oregon, United States
8.4 miles
A great local hike with awesome views, Black Crater sits right above Sisters, Oregon and offers "front seat" views of about at least 8 volcanic mountains in the Oregon Cascades. (Hood, Jefferson, Three Finger Jack, North, Middle, and South Sister, and Broken Top)On the day of this hike the weather was gorgeous: sunny with only a bit of wind on the summit. The hike itself is steep and about 8 miles long. About a 2500...
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Broken Top Trail #10, Deschutes NF, Oregon
by landloper on Aug 22, 2008
Sisters, Oregon, United States
2.5 miles
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Broken Top
by Berechah on Nov 01, 2008
Bend, Oregon, United States
14.9 miles
This is my favorite trip.  The hike up to Green Lakes follows a stream with lots of small waterfalls.  The hike of the North Ridge of Broken Top is very cool, and the views are breathtaking.   Watch out for the signs -- they point the way to the South approach and mislead us (see our little detour on the track).
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"Threading the Needle" at Mt Bachelor
by was on Apr 04, 2009
Elk Lake, Oregon, United States
48 miles
24" of snow the week prior. Skied with friends Hank and Jeff for part of the day. Had some great off-piste runs, including hitting ~all of the 360o catchline road ("the eye") and dropping into the cirque thru the pinnacles ("threading"). Doing both in one day is what is called "threading the needle."Had one run with a manager at Mt Bachelor. Bert? Anyway he was a good skier and had a great run and...
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North/Middle Sister Loop
by trekkerdave on Aug 15, 2012
Sisters, Oregon, United States
40 miles
2012 Mid-August backpacking trip to Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness area, where we completed a 40 mile loop around Middle and North Sister. This trip had a little of everything; official and unofficial trails, high alpine meadows, rugged barren volcanic landscapes, dense forests, lakes surrounded by snow, and of course near continuous fantastic views of the Three Sisters and other surrounding lesser peaks. For more info and pictures see http://www.trekkerdave.com/#/content/BackpackingTrips/2012%20-%20Middle%20and%20North%20Sister%20Loop/.
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Tam & Rim Lake, Deschutes NF, Oregon
by landloper on Aug 25, 2008
Sisters, Oregon, United States
4.1 miles
From Park Meadow trailhead, follow and abandoned canal to the Snow Creek Meadow foot trail, then leave the trail using GPS guideance to the foot of a blown-out ridge then on to a couple seldom visited alpine lakes.
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South Sister
by Berechah on Nov 01, 2008
Bend, Oregon, United States
11.4 miles
in 2007 I made this hike with my sons Daniel and Michael.  A couple of the pictures are really from my 2008 solo hike which was my 5th hike up the South Sister.
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South Sister Summit
by jonbellemore on Sep 20, 2008
Elk Lake, Oregon, United States
10.8 miles
I got to the Devil's Lake trail head and started on the South Sister Summit trail at about 10am.  It was hot at first in the woods but the wind was blowing like crazy about halfway up and then it started to snow.  I almost decided not to make the summit but I did.   Good trip but hard!
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Upper Snow Creek, Deschutes NF, OR
by landloper on Aug 28, 2009
Sisters, Oregon, United States
11.6 miles
12 mile, 8 hour hike partly on designated trails and overland exploring off trails requiring a GPS to navigate, this trek through mountain meadows and alpine lakes had some awesome vistas. Minimum elevation 6,000', maximum 7,300'. Although prepared for the worse, I was lucky to return to my starting point just before a good 4 hour storm delivered rain, wind and sounds of thunder to the area.
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South Sister Summit Trail
by Pfadfinder on Jul 21, 2012
Bend, Oregon, United States
11.6 miles

Reviews
mattmmatthews
Just a great area to hike or backpack in. Beutiful views and lots of intresting people
Visited on Aug 11, 2012

by mattmmatthews on Aug 15, 2012
was
So much to do! Fabulous hiking trails. Stunning vistas. Recommend late summer, when the bugs are down.
Visited on Oct 02, 2010

by was on Nov 21, 2010
apete304
Kind of a londer haul but some fun sliding and running in snow down the top. Amazing vistas.
Visited on Aug 15, 2010

by apete304 on Jul 05, 2013
dalylab
Incredibly difficult but amazing and rewarding hike. Can be very busy on the weekends.
Visited on Sep 12, 2009

by dalylab on May 15, 2014

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