Broken Top

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain353ft
Trailhead Elevation6,917ft
Elevation Min/Max6917/7176ft
Elevation Start/End6917/6917ft

Broken Top

Broken Top is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 6,917 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 353 feet.

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"The Cascades range is filled with iconic peaks, from Mount Hood to the north to Mount Thielsen to the south. In between, the Three Sisters, Mount Bachelor, and craggy Broken Top are the stars. It’s Broken Top that many Central Oregonians call their favorite. And for good reason: Broken Top’s ruggedly handsome peak, the accessible high alpine basins ?lled with streams and wild?owers, and the outstanding views of the surrounding area make it a must for outdoor lovers. A 12-mile loop provides a wondrous variety of scenery for trail runners who are willing to put in a few extra miles and feet of elevation." Read more
75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents (The Mountaineers Books)
Barbara I. Bond
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"Broken Top is a highly dissected composite volcano and an older member of the Three Sisters group. The scramble to the viewpoint near the summit will give you a keen view of the exposed insides of a Cascade volcano. Glacial ice and erosion have carved away three sides of Broken Top, leaving a colorful remnant with crumbly basaltic lava and impressive rocky ridges. There are two major glaciers atop Broken Top; you will look down on the Bend Glacier as you make your final ascent. The scramble up the southwest ridge is athletic and will require balance and agility to avoid dislodging the loose talus while ascending. Special considerations: In early season you may need crampons and ice ax." Read more
Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Brittany Manwill
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"Sitting between Mount Bachelor and South Sister, Broken Top can be overlooked. Not quite “mountain-like” enough to stand out, its spiny form can just blend in with the Three Sisters. But Broken Top is all its own. The peak’s unique history, colorful composition, jagged ridge, spectacular views, and hidden gems really shine on this hike." Read more

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We did this trail over the course of three relaxing days: hiked in to Green Lakes on Day 1, climbed Broken Top on Day 2, and hiked out on Day 3. The trailhead for Broken Top is tricky to find from the Green Lakes trail, as it's unmarked and looks like it could just lead to a campsite. But stick with it and it will lead you through a gorgeous alpine meadow and small glaciers that are barely surviving the summer heat. About a mile in you climb the side of a ridge and begin the real work to the summit - scrambling the entire way. Gaining the summit without ropes is a little nerve-wracking, but just take your time and breath steadily - the view is worth it! We approached the summit from the north side of the summit block; some folks we met said a rope is pretty much a necessity for the south approach.

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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
Deschutes National Forest, Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 622 Broken Top, No. 621 Three Sisters
Local Maps

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Dec 2018