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We did this along with the Three Fingered Jack loop

loved it

A top Cascades hike!

Great views. I did this with my dog, easy incline here and there. I completed this hike in about 2.5 hours. I would totally go again in a heart beat. I loved all the views and there was a light of elk, and deer signs. I hiked it when it was opening season for elk and all the hunters were very friendly. I only ran into a few hunters on the trails. They are very aware of their surroundings.

I hiked this last Sunday Oct 14th. Quite a few down trees on the trail as the wind was really howling. I agree with all the previous reports, beautiful hike with an easy to follow trail which for the most part was soft dirt. I downloaded the GPX before hand and threw it into a GPS. The loop is 7.32 miles complete. Just an FYI.

Great hike! The fall colors around the lake made the lake even more beautiful!

Great loop hike. Beautiful views.

Such a great trail with lots of views. October is a lovely time to go with foliage changing color and fireweed in its last fuzzy stage blowing in the wind. Burn area is beautiful and woodland forest surprisingly dense. Closer to 7 miles for loop.

Very peaceful hike. We started at the fish hatchery and hiked about 3 miles down river , crossed over a bridge and hiked another 3 miles on the other side of the river. Beautiful scenery but there is no waterfall on this hike. We saw a trickle of water coming out of the side of the river but not what we would a waterfall. Still a pretty hike though.

hiking
12 days ago

Definitely a favorite trail! Interesting and beautiful views. For sure would do this one again.

Trail in great shape, some nice fall colors. Not too difficult, dog loved it.

Great views!

What an amazing hike! Super easy and the weather was fantastic. We went from the parking lot to the glacier lake and around the Canyon Meadows Loop. Bring a water filter and fill up in the creek so you don’t have to pack so much water. Bugs were not bad at all and saw a mom and her baby mountain goat climbing the rocks. The road was good until we hit the dirt section for the last 5 miles. I have an AWD minivan and had to get out 4 times on the way up to pick my path to drive through the deep, deep powder dirt ruts. Low clearance vehicles won’t make it and it’s best with 4 wheel or AWD. Don’t try it in the rain unless you are sure you can make it through the ruts. All in all, well worth the work!

not as easy as everyone would have you believe but just as amazing! very loose rock up past upper meadow to cirque lake and viewpoint. great views but I bet they get even better if you catch the wildflowers

Really a pleasantly easy hike. Fairly flat. Well maintained. Beautiful fall foliage. We did not see any one during our hike. Half the trail is through green forestland and half through an older wildfire zone. Very diverse landscape and stunning Mountain and Meadow views. Great fun with our dogs too

great ride with only two hikers on the trail. lots of water for the horses.

Incredible views!

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing Overnight stay.

Beautiful trail, really not to hard for the amazing view rewards. The road getting to the trail was fairly rough in sections, I wouldn’t have made it (with a Prius) if it was wet or muddy.

Fabulous hike with several types of terrain. Went all the way to the ridge just below Three Fingered Jack for a 7.5 mike trip. Fall weather was in full force. Saw both a calving glacier and a pronghorn sheep. The loop is pretty kid friendly and my little one (10) made it to Cirque Lake without too much trouble.

Beware though he road up has a few sandy spots that you will really want/need a high clearance AWD/4x4 vehicle to cross - especially after in rains.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovey trail. The meadows and view of Three Fingered Jack are stunning.

Some things to know before going.
The $5 fee deposit box can be found at the trailhead NOT on Forest Rd 12.
When you get to the lower canyon, go left to the unmarked trail that says “unmaintained trail”.

Great time of year to hike because of no mosquitos but we didn’t see three fingered jack because it was unfortunately socked in. Still a gorgeous hike. Signs and descriptions don’t quite add up, however.

backpacking
1 month ago

One star for a craptastic map of a five star hike.

This map is garbage. Do not rely on the author's way points (there are none, btw). The Sisters Loop is approximately 55 miles if you include a summit of South Sister. If you inspect this map closely you will see that it completely abandons the trail on the east side of the loop and appears to walk along the ridge line from peak to peak.

Found a hidden gem along this trail. Almost died. It was epic.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike, and our small dog was able to make it the whole way. The description on this page is accurate, and I would highly recommend this hike to anyone wanting to see Three Fingered Jack. At the time of our hike (8/24/18), the forest fire smoke wasn’t impacting views for the hike too badly. Bugs were not a problem either.

When the hike gets between the upper meadow and the glacial lake, the red path lines on the AllTrails map don’t line up with the trail. However, that section is mostly a scramble over loose rock to the lake anyway.

The route to get there is pretty easy to follow, but sections of FR 1234 have some moderate sand to get through.

Good day hike for my kid and dog. Lots of PCT hikers this time of year!

hiking
1 month ago

A great day hike for the average day hiker. Although a little Smokey, it offered some nice Mountain View’s.

backpacking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning. Camped in Upper Meadows the first night and the wildflowers were incredible. The views from the Cirque Lake and the saddle were some of the best in Oregon. 2nd night we moved to Wasco Lake, which had good fishing, but every campsite was full on a Saturday night (we got the last one at 4pm on a Saturday). Trail was very well maintained and while we did see a number of people, the one-way traffic on the trail helped it feel less crowded.

Plenty of water, minimal mosquitoes in mid-July.

One of the best hikes I've done in Oregon and it would be great as a day hike, too.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail on 8/19/2018. There were lots of campers at Big Lake, but the noise disappeared after a short while. We went counter-clockwise-- after the trailhead there's a fork in the trail where you can go left or straight. Very pleasant hike, especially through the more forested sections where you get nice cover from the trees and more green things to look at. The distance is significant, with some elevation change, and we were definitely worn out by the end. The dog has been sleeping most of the day to recover! Took us about three hours. Mosquitoes weren't bad at this time of year. One of the lakes (about 4 miles in if you go counter-clockwise) would be great for taking a dip. Doggie loved splashing around. The end of the hike along Big Lake was a nice payoff during sunset. Beautiful views and lots of wildflowers.

hiking
2 months ago

Still some lingering wildflowers. Upper meadow was lush and green on 8/12/2018. No mosquitos, some butterflies. Parking lot was full, but trail wasn't crowded at all.

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