Separation Creek Loop Backpacking

Elk Lake, Oregon

Separation Creek Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"The Three Sisters Wilderness is the most visited wilderness area in Oregon, so it’s not surprising that hikers sometimes have a hard time finding uncrowded trails. But solitude-loving pedestrians need not fear because such trails do exist. The key to finding them is to realize that the vast majority of the visitors to this huge wilderness concentrate around a handful of very popular destinations. If you avoid these areas, there is a good chance you will have the trail all to yourself. This loop takes you through some of the quietest parts of the preserve as it makes a long, woodsy approach to the more crowded high country. In addition to solitude, this warm-up period helps build anticipation for the great scenery to come and, if you start your trip on a Saturday, as most people do, it won’t be until the quieter days of midweek that you reach the popular meadows and lakes around timberline."

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Trail Information

Elk Lake
Nearby City
4,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4-6 days
Usually open mid-July to October
McKenzie River Ranger District
Local Contacts
Geographics -- Three Sisters Wilderness
Local Maps

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Jun 2018