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Tough footing, definitely recommend poles. Took me 3.5 hrs to summit and am pretty avid hiker. Breathtaking views of the other Sisters at summit along with about a dozen glacial lakes. Highly recommend this one!

hiking
1 day ago

With much anticipation we rose from our tent in Devils Campground to beautiful blue skies. This hike had been on our itinerary since spring so we had done a lot of research. Loaded with water, snacks, and extra layers we headed of on the 6 1/4 mile trail up. The first 2 miles gets your blood flowing as you moderately ascend through the woods. Couple miles in it flattens out into more of of high desert meadow scene which begins the parade of stunning views. At this point you don't know what the reviews of this being so hard are about. Around mile 4 you begin to realize whats in store as you can see the trail to the false summit steepens considerably. This particular day is also where the winds picked up and by the time we were up to the false summit it felt like we were in gale force winds. Taking shelter at the lake at the false summit we regained some warmth and adjusted to the elevation. The final leg of the journey up gets into some very loose footing and is quite cumbersome. Once at the top enjoy the views and sense of accomplishment. Though the trek down is almost as hard. Like most here recommend take hiking poles to help your footing. We were so thankful we did. Being that it was so cold we only drank half the water we took but could see on a hot day how you would need a lot. Overall we are glad we did this hike and will do it again. Albeit somewhat more prepared for the wind, cold and elevation. Take it slow and steady and you will get there too!

I had been thinking about this hike for around a year and was FINALLY able to do it (July 29th)! Camped at Devil’s Lake (USFS pass required to park- sold on site), left next morning around 8am. Really cold in the morning, wore two jackets and pants, but soon got too hot that I actually had to ditch one of my jackets in a bush and grab it later lol. Finished at false summit and refilled water bottles. Amazing views, ABSOLUTELY stunning. It can take a pretty big toll on you physically and mentally if you’re not well prepared. Next time I will definitely plan clothes-wise better (SHORTS, TALL SOCKS) and bring trekking poles, as well as a larger water bottle instead of bunches of plastic bottles. Oh, and sunscreen and bug repellent... I got severely burnt and legs DESTROYED in bug bites and forgot my sunscreen in the car!! Absolutely recommend if you’re prepared for it! I can’t wait to do it again, but better prepared next time!

Left from Todd Lake and it took about 6.75 mi to get to the top rim over looking the lake and the mountains. Beautiful views abound and the wildflowers were amazing in late July. The only issue is how busy it is. I went on a weekday night from the trailhead as the sun was setting and there were about 30 or so people up at the lake camping when I got there.

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing views, but definitely physically and mentally testing! I hiked this last week and brought 3 L of water, but was wishing that I had brought more by the end. Hiking poles were very helpful especially on the fairly steep descent. I would highly recommend bringing those as well as some decent hiking shoes. I consider myself to be in decent shape and hike quite frequently, so this trail was a good workout and I would definitely do it again. If you’re going just make sure to be well prepared with equipment, food, and water and make sure to pace yourself. Highly recommend this hike!!

It was the perfect weather, the smoke had cleared, and conditions were ideal!
The first part of the hike is pretty easy, up to the point where you intersect with the PCT.
Then the real elevation gain starts and it gets pretty tenuous on the loose rocks.
The climb to the summit is easy climbing, and we did it with minimal trad gear- I placed one piece of pro about 50’ up and there are plenty of places to anchor at the top.
Views are phenomenal, and exposure is significant but not crazy.
Rappelling off needs a 60 plus meter rope to get all the way to the base of the climb.
Super loose scree slope the way we went down which was fun in some places, and treacherous in others. Recommend ankle high boots or ankle gaiters to keep the rocks out.

Great hike on family vacation. Amazing views
Great workout

Hot weather and scary, burned forest, but the trail was easy and North Matthieu was beautiful. No bugs!

on Broken Top Loop Trail

backpacking
5 days ago

Originally had planned to do the loop in two nights and three days, but pushed through to do one night/two days. I agree that clockwise would be my advice as well, maybe some additional climbing the first day going uphill, but I would not have had the physical and mental strength to do the last part on a second or third day. Skirting Broken Hand was a little unnerving but doable - happy to have gotten it out of the way on day one. Camped at Green Lakes which was beautiful and not super buggy. Lots of water sources along the way but also a lot of exposed trail pretty much the entire time. No Name Lake is gorgeous but I wouldn’t get water there due to the animals on the ridge (dead elk ). Not sure how long they’ve been there, but best not to take chances. We backpacked this on August 8-9, 2018.

Pretty good hike and fairly easy. Less that 1000 ft of elevation gain and the path is nice. Lots of burn area which is a little unsettling. Most trees look like they could tip at any time. Both lakes are cool and it’s fun to see the PCT hikers come through! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

Beautiful arch and views at the end of a very steep trail. Wasn't as hard getting back up the trail as I thought it would be, but it does get steeper as you get closer to the arch. Very enjoyable day!

Amazing hike, you walk along the spring all the way to the top. Awesome views of Broken top and bachelor behind on hike up. No name lake and the views of the 3 Sisters is defiantly worth the hike. Pretty moderate hike for an awesome reward! Was able to get my Mazda up the dirt road to upper parking lot! It was about 8 miles round trip.

WARNING!!! I saw a Facebook post on “Hiking in the Pacific Northwest” and 16 DEAD ELK CONTAMINATED THE WATER AT NO NAME LAKE.

DO NOT RISK DRINKING EVEN FILTERED WATER.

PEOPLE ARE SICK JUST FROM SWIMMING UNDERWATER.

WATCH OUT FOR YOUR DOGS IF THEY DRANK FROM THE WATER.

WARNING!!! 16 DEAD ELK CONTAMINATED THE WATER AT NO NAME LAKE AT THE SUMMIT OF BROKEN TOP

Nice, quick hike that offers amazing views of both the entire lake and Wizard Island.

Hiked August 7th-9th 2018

I REALLY would recommend CLOCKWISE or else you’re going to have a rough day three. It gets the hardest part out of the way and you start off the biggest incline hydrated, full, and with no sore muscles. If you went counter-clockwise it would be a slow incline the whole time until say where you climb Broken top with 2 days of day hiking Under your belt! People say the views are better counter-clockwise but it’s all the same trail, all you have to do is look behind you and then you’re facing the counter-clockwise view!

We hiked 10 miles the first day up to the summit of Broken top were we collected water and then down Broken top to small creek where we hammock camped and got more water.
On day 2 we made the short and Beautiful hike past green lakes to Golden Lake 6 miles away, there’s a stream right across the lake for fresh water and the views of Broken top are amazing! This day was for swimming, napping and relaxing as it only took 4 short hours to get there.
On the last day we hiked 8 miles to the beginning of the loop with a short incline at the end before walking downhill to the car. There were 3 or 4 creeks on the way for water but almost no shade. We finished this stretch in about 5 hours.

Hike is a little hard for beginners like us but anyone can do it with the right supplies!

What made it easy was my straw water filter I could screw on to water pouches, so I could fill them and drink right away from any stream. Also the self heating Omeals from REI were so cool, so yummy and self heats in only 5 miles with no supplies.

Great hike!!!

Pretty popular trail considering the amount of traffic I ran into on a weekday morning. Road conditions on the way up are fairly poor and there is a lot of rippling of the gravel. Good hike with some cool views along the way. Glad I went once but I probably wont be back for a while.

It was a hot, hot day but the wildlife and flowers along the springs and creek that accompanied the trail were fantastic. No Name Lake breathtaking. I should have left my 11-year-old lab at home. Pretty tough on him but nothing lots of water and a cool, cleansing shower (for both of us) afterward.
I’m not a REAL experienced hiker, but this one was great in my book. The road up to Todd Lake tough. Have the right vehicle.

simply beautiful! it was interesting walking through the burned area from 2017 and the snippet of PCT was astounding.

backpacking
8 days ago

We backpacked this 3 years ago in August & it was amazing. About 1.5 miles from the base is Lake Morraine (sp?) - campsites are up the hill to the right from the lake. We used a bear bag and I’m glad we did, we definitely heard critters at night and our dog barked a few times due to hearing something.

The hike to the top itself is challenging but doable (we did it in sneakers, although wouldn’t recommend this). About a mile from the top there’s a false peak where you can jump into a glacier to cool off before doing the hardest part of the hike. Pretty much every step you take on the last mile your feet slide back due to the lava rocks & pebbles so I recommend wearing appropriate footwear that helps with stability & covers the ankles so you don’t end up with tons of rocks in your shoes (speaking from experience). If you’re taking your pup, make sure he/she has shoes too, the rocks would shred their paws without them.

The views from the top are breathtaking on a clear day. You can literally see all the way to Mt. Hood. Highly recommend.

Also, on the way down, be careful on the rocks past the false peak - very easy to slip & fall without proper stability.

on South Sister Trail

hiking
9 days ago

If you're looking for an inexperienced hiker review, this is definitely the one! I'm 15 years old and consider to be in pretty good shape. I have never really hiked something so big like this before! Bring a good pair of hiking shoes, plenty of water, and energy bars! We did not bring poles and that was a huge mistake! We started at 6:00 am and the bugs were terrible (bring bug spray!!!). The hike to the false summit was not that bad, but the mile to the summit was crazy and super rocky and took an hour and a half. We reached the summit around 10:00 am (4 hrs). The views were definitely worth it! Spent around 15 min up there and made the way down. It was super slippery and rocky and definitely change your socks before going down! We made it back to the parking lot around 1:30 pm (around 2 hrs) and the entire trip took us roughly 6 hrs. It's not technical, but it's very demanding!

hiking
9 days ago

Anyone who's been there recently have a mosquito report? Thanks!

Loved this hike! Great hike for dogs too as there are lots of water spots but as others have mentioned the trail gets HOT on some sections so you’ll definitely want to bring booties for your dog if you’re not going to be off the trail by noon. It does get a little steep if you go up to the glacial lake past the high meadow - which I definitely recommend doing!

on Obsidian Trail

hiking
10 days ago

The most beautiful hike I have been on in the States. Requires a reservation, which is a pain to get but worth the trouble. I’ve done this twice, both times in August. There is nothing on earth like the obsidian fields, they glow in the sunlight, absolutely worth the trip. Plus Middle Sister looms directly overhead after you punch up out of the forest. This is full of cliffs, peaks, dells, forests, lava rocks and obsidian glass. Stunning, do not pass up the opportunity.

There is a pretty nice little stream right before the loop at the end. Easy refill if you have a means for purification.

Bugs were not an issue, and I hit no snow.

It’s pretty remote as the permit only allows 30 people a day (70 campers I believe). Rangers do check for permits. In 4 hours I saw 2 hikers, and one ranger, otherwise I had the trail to myself.

This is labeled moderate but if you are not pushing the pace I’d say it’s easy for an adult. I jogged it when I was 18, I did it in 4 hours last week at 40.

Such a beautiful hike! Make sure you go in late July, which is peak for the wildflowers.

hiking
11 days ago

1.5 hrs (1 hr up and 30 mins down) with 11 and 15 yr olds. Great views of the lake. Crowded but 4 stars due to smoke from wild fires. We got the views and we could see all the way across but not the deep blue color! Keep an eye on the crater webcam if you are not staying at the lodge. Dry and steep going up and starts at 7k ft so take water. And have lunch at the lodge after, while you wait for your table have a drink in a rocking chair on the patio overlooking the lake.

hiking
11 days ago

Hard route out, moderate on the way back. Worth the invest in sweat and shoes filled with rock for the view and the crystal clear lake. Next time, we’ll plan and pack better to do the summit trail.

Love this hike, gives great views of the basin, crater lake, wizard island & phantom ship. It is short but it is all uphill. I went to watch the sunset on Garfield & I passed only two people who were headed down while I was going up

Super tough hike. Totally worth it though, I almost made it to the summit but I was by myself with no climbing gear. The worst part was going down the huge decline with a lot of loose rocks and pebbles. I would DEFINITELY recommend going with someone and bringing climbing gear!!

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