Broken Top Loop

Sisters, Oregon

Broken Top Loop

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"Judging by the names, the central Oregon Cascades is where mountains go to hold family reunions. Gathered at the party are not only the Three Sisters, but also The Husband, The Wife, Little Brother, Mount Bachelor, and even a few relatives whose family ties are less obvious, such as Kwolh Butte and Tot Mountain—Chinook jargon for “aunt” and “uncle.” The most notable party-crasher is Broken Top, a handsome, 9175-foot interloper whose status as a family outcast is unfortunate.

Not only does this stranger possess a ruggedly handsome profile, he has a real sense of style, clothing himself in picturesque wildflower meadows and glaciers. To judge the merits of this outsider for yourself, try this rugged loop around the mountain’s base, which connects parts of several scenic trails with a fairly long but relatively easy cross-country traverse."

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Explorer | 31 pts
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I backpacked this loop over the course of three days in August 2018. It was a little smoky from the fires, but was still a great trip. You get some really nice views of the Three Sisters and the the volcanic features are really cool. We went CCW and camped at Golden Lake and Crater Creek. Here is a full trip report I wrote with all my pictures of the trail:
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THis was a great hike, Broken Top is beautiful up-close! Its such a complex mountain, I have to go back to hike around the North and West side. The colors of the rock is amazing!! I recommend highly, is wasn't a far hike from truck to mountain. (2.2 miles) The forest service road to trail head is not for passenger cars! You'll need a higher ground clearance vehical.

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2–3 days
Mid-July to early October
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