Tam Mcarthur Trail No. 4078 Professional Reviews and Guides
"A day hike to a rugged overlook in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The Tam McArthur Rim is a popular hike for those staying at the nearby campgrounds. From the edge of the rim, the Three Creek Lake basin spreads out at our feet. To the west, the Three Sisters are spaced nicely along the Cascade crest. Mount Washington and Mount Jefferson are visible to the northwest, and to the south, the cone of Bachelor Butte is unmistakable. Permit: Required for day and overnight hikes; self issue at trailhead."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Oregon's Central Cascades (Falcon Guides).
"Tam McArthur Rim is a wide-open ridge that captures the true beauty of the high alpine country of the Three Sisters Wilderness. From a vantage point high on this prominent ridge, you’ll have a lifetime’s worth of views of many well-known Cascade peaks such as the Three Sisters Mountains and Broken Top to the west, Mount Washington and Mount Jefferson to the northwest, and Mount Bachelor to the south."
--Lizann Dunegan, Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) (Falcon Guides).
"This singletrack route begins at Three Creeks Lake and winds to the top of spectacular Tam McArthur Rim. Mountain views. This route takes you to the top of Tam McArthur Rim—a vast windswept ridge in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Twisted white bark pine, delicate high-alpine wildflowers, and endless mountain views are your reward after your steep climb to the spectacular rim viewpoint."
--Lizann Dunegan, Trail Running Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"Located south of Sisters and east of Broken Top, Tam McArthur Rim is a windswept ridge offering outstanding views of Three Sisters country. On this hike, you will also enjoy dramatic views of the Three Creek Basin and the Central Cascade peaks.The Tam McArthur Rim Trail begins adjacent to Three Creek Lake, which resides in a basin carved by ice age glaciers and is a popular summer recreation spot for those living and visiting Central Oregon. It’s stocked with rainbow and brook trout raised at the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery northwest of Sisters. To the west of Three Creek Lake is Little Three Creek Lake, which can be reached via a 2.2-mile round-trip trail from Driftwood Campground."
--Adam Sawyer, Best Dog Hikes Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"Try this route during the midweek, when you’re less likely to run into snowmobiles. The road into Three Creek Lake is the quickest access to Tam McArthur Rim, a dramatic formation that forms a natural coliseum around the lake. Those who venture to the top of the rim will get stunning views (on a clear day) of Mount Bachelor, the Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson, and possibly Mount Hood. Save your film, because you’ll be tempted to spend it all on the magnificent panorama of Oregon’s Cascades."
--Shea Andersen, Snowshoe Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"Tam McArthur Rim is a hidden local stash of midwinter pow."
--Chris Van Tilburg, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Three Sisters Wilderness is one of Oregon’s most popular wilderness destinations. Flanked by the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests, the wilderness highlights dense forests, volcanoes, pumice plains and lava flows, and dramatic peaks heavily eroded by glaciation. The Three Sisters group is an impressive collection of high Cascade peaks with enough variety for scramblers and alpinists alike. Tam McArthur Rim is a fault scarp with a vertical face dramatically framing Three Creek Lake. This scramble has incredible views of Broken Top across the rim plateau as you approach Broken Hand. Special considerations: Self-issue permits are available at trailheads for entrance into the Three Sisters Wilderness."
--Barbara I. Bond, 75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents (The Mountaineers Books).
"Tam McArthur’s enthralling rim demands your attention. Sitting high above the Three Creeks basin, the face-toface view of the 500-foot cliffs would be stunning enough on its own, but there’s more. If you can handle the steep climb to the top of the ridge, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views in the entire state."
--Brittany Manwill , Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
I came here as a kid when we lived up in oregon. When it came time for 10 year reunion. I jumped on the chance to get back up there. I stayed in Sisters and hiked all around for 3 days. It was so awesome and relaxing of an area.
Smith Rock and it scenic loop has it all. Up to the summit (streneous/moderate) of Misery Ridge (3,360 ft.) is a 1000 foot hike up this high desert beauty. Down the back shortcut, past Monkey Face, to watch in awe of those climbing her. Finishing a nice (moderate) sets of light hilly trails down the flowing Crooked River.
This is one of my absolute favorite hikes. Smith Rock is a hikers paradise. I hike this loop at least twice or three times a year, if not more. Once down into the canyon from the parking lot, cross the bridge over the Crooked River and you have three choices of where to go. That is right, left (downstream), or up Misery Ridge. My favorite is to go right (upstream) along the river. It takes you through tall, almost tree-like sagebrush skirting the canyon wall. Above you can see eagle nests and an occassional eagle. Continue for about another quarter mile or so and you can see cattails along the side of the river. Then ascend steeply up to a dirt road and follow this dirt road to the other side of the irrigation canal and up Staender Ridge. An irrigation tunnel was built in about 1940 that goes directly through Staender Ridge. Although many people use it as a short cut through the ridge (since during certain times of the year the water is shut off), it is not advisable to use it--danger of incoming water). The hike is moderate to the top of the ridge. Then the best part comes as you follow a small dirt path along the top of the ridge to the west--beautiful multi-colored rock spires. The trail is easy to moderate here--it is very breathtaking. Make sure you bring your camera! Now the tricky part comes when you're approaching the west side of the park--take an easier route off the ridge near where the irrigation canal exits the tunnel and continue west toward the Crooked River. Don't worry if you go past the tunnel's exit--there is no need to backtrack (main dirt road below will take you back to a dirt trail). You will run into another dirt trail near the river--follow it south. Continue along this easy to moderate trail until you approach Monkey Face. Here you have a choice of taking a steep climb up to Misery Ridge (shortcut to getting back), or continue along the trail for a nice gentle walk back to the bridge. If you take the latter trail, you may be able to glimpse a water fall (from irrigation water) off of a rimrock on the opposite side of the park (Westside). And, walking around the last point of the ridge coming back to the bridge, you can see where most of the rock climbers hang out. You can visit Smith Rock year round, but best to visit in spring, early summer and fall. If you do go during the summer--be careful of rattlesnakes! Just don't go off the trial.
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