Tam McArthur Rim Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sisters, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness with a great view of Three Creek Lake. From the Three Creeks Lake trailhead, follow a winding switch back single track trail up the mountain out of the tree line, which tops out on the "Tam McArthur Rim" with a great view of Broken Top Mountain and the valley below. You then hike along the rim through a snow field (at least into August) and onto McArthur Rim at an elevation of 7732 feet. From here you have a great view all the way around.
Did this trail today, pretty socked in with clouds at the top but some great views on the way up. Had quite a bit of snow. Will be doing this one again.
Breathtaking views with varying types of foliage. Perfect for the fall, we walked through some light snow but the walk is just difficult enough that we stayed plenty warm. The first 1/3 or so is a fairly steep climb uphill but it mellows out and makes for an easy journey back.
We've read about this hike and couldn't wait for the weather to be cooler. It was a beautiful Sunday to hike Tam MacArthur. We knew the trail started at Three Creeks Lake, so we packed a picnic for when when finished the hike. The elevation of the parking lot is at 6550 feet. The first mile of the hike up was pretty steep. We then were up over Three Creeks Lake and it was beautiful. There was a point (and you'll see Jack pointing) where in the view ahead, you could see the Prow we were going to hike to and Jack was pointing to it. After that point, we reached the switchbacks which we were very appreciative of to make it easier going up. The hike up was moderate. We walked thru heavy forests above the lake and then a few meadows. The views were amazing. The one meadow we got to before we went straight up, there was a fork in the trail, but you wanted to take it to the left. Once we made that last trek straight up, we were on the edge and you could see we were very high high, 7732 ft. Once we got to the Prow, we continued west towards the snowfields about another 400 feet up to get a perfect view of the Sisters. Then we turned around and headed back to the Prow where we stopped and took in the 360 degree views. We could see Smith Rock and a lot more. This has been one of our favorite hikes so far. We were not ready to go down, but knew we had to. I always enjoy going back because you can see the hike in a different perspective. Once we got down, we got our picnic and headed to the dock, pulled our shoes off and let them rest in the the cool water. It was a beautiful finish to a wonderful day. By the time we got back to the car, we had hiked a little over 8 miles and over 20,000 steps. What a great day!
This is a 5 star hike just for the ratio of hike to view. The overall trail is well-worn and easy to follow (although, at times there are multiple forks along the way). The hike itself is already at such a high elevation that you don't have to climb 1000s of feet to see a good view. Make sure to hike the extra 1.3 miles to the cindercone next to Broken Hand and see the grandeur of the Three Sisters along with a view up and down the Cascade Range. Extend your hike another 0.9 miles to Broken Hand to see the deep blue waters of the lake below Broken Top. Don't attempt to reach the trailhead too early in the season as the Forest Service keeps the road closed often times well into July or early August due to snow at such high elevation. Also, prepare for a substantial amount of exposure to the elements as there is very little shelter along the entire hike. Enjoy!
Great hike with my wife and daughter, legs get a wake up right away but then some relief as the trail levels out some then back to steep and level out for most of the way. Can't complain too much about the trail as we saw a cross country team running up and down the trail. Got to the Rim and had a snack. I continued on for a couple more miles until the well-traveled trail ends and then it is kinda sketchy and much caution is recommended from there on. The view of Broken Top's icy blue lake is fantastic. It sits in Broken Top's crater.
Great hike! Steep in some spots, and my legs are feeling it the next day, but it was totally worth the views at the top! I followed the path towards Broken Top at the end of the trail, which has an even better view of the Sisters about a mile in. You can follow the path even further towards Broken Top if you feel up for it.
Excellent trail! The payoff is so worth it! A little steep in the beginning and at the end but not too bad. I would have rated it as moderate but the conditions were perfect when I went. Definitely doing it again soon.
Great hike. We went over July 4th weekend. There was still a little snow on part of the trail but still easily done in running shoes. We encountered A LOT of mosquitos. Beautiful view from the top.
This trail is fantastic. It is a bit challenging but not too terrible and the rewards are views of nearly all mountains in Central Oregon. For those of you who, like me, are afraid of heights, the last bit of the trail is right along the edge of the rim. You can hike through the brush instead and still get to the top.