Three Sisters Loop (Backpacking)

Sisters Oregon Hikes

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One of Oregon’s greatest long backpacking trips, this route completely circles the Three Sisters, providing ever-changing views of these beautiful siblings. It also visits lesser-known family members (Little Brother, The Husband, and The Wife)—and craggy Broken Top, an apparent outcast, without family ties. The basic loop is unsurpassed, and countless side trips visit even more lakes, high meadows, and viewpoints. A hiker could spend weeks here and never tire of the scenery or run out of places to explore. So get your permit and savor this area. Volcanic features dominate the landscape. In addition to rugged lava flows, cinder cones, and glasslike obsidian, you’ll also see pumice meadows. Formed when enormous quantities of pumice bury an area, these meadows have sparse vegetation and no surface water. Examples of this geologic oddity include Racetrack Meadows and Wickiup Plain.
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Backpacking Oregon

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

One of Oregon’s greatest long backpacking trips, this route completely circles the Three Sisters, providing ever-changing views of these beautiful siblings. It also visits lesser-known family members (Little Brother, The Husband, and The Wife)—and craggy Broken Top, an apparent outcast, without family ties. The basic loop is unsurpassed, and countless side trips visit even more lakes, high meadows, and viewpoints. A hiker could spend weeks here and never tire of the scenery or run out of places to explore. So get your permit and savor this area. Volcanic features dominate the landscape. In addition to rugged lava flows, cinder cones, and glasslike obsidian, you’ll also see pumice meadows. Formed when enormous quantities of pumice bury an area, these meadows have sparse vegetation and no surface water. Examples of this geologic oddity include Racetrack Meadows and Wickiup Plain.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sisters
Length: 55
Elevation Gain: 8,200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5-6 days
Season: Usually open mid-July to October; best in August
Local Contacts: Sisters Ranger District
Local Maps: Geographics - Three Sisters Wilderness
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Recent Trail Reviews

9/18/2010

Entered the loop from Pole Creek Trailhead. Short cutted Linton Meadows on the PCT and also Sisters Mirror Lake. This makes the loop 45.5 miles. The best trail you will find, by far, in Central Oregon. 8.9 mile the first night and 36.6 miles the second day. Finished the trail in the dark with a flashlight the last hour and a half. The trail map was useful, but I have been in some of these areas before and knew my way around. I also used my PCT book to get points of interest on the West side of the trail. Will do this trail again in a couple weeks without rain, but clockwise.

8/4/2010

What short part of the trail I saw I can say that the scenery was amazing. You go threw forest, lava beds to high meadows blanketed in obsidian and would have loved to complete the full loop to see what else it had to offer. But this map is needless to say, horrible. It fails to list key points of interest, rivers and short cuts that are required when navigating a trail with this many side trails. On top of not listing things that the map actually has on it, it lacks a good number of actual short cuts that are useful. In my opinion if you were to lay a current or at least a correct map on top of this one it would look like two different maps. If you are planning on doing this trail I would highly recommend acquiring another map.

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