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Great hike. planned on a 2 day 1 night trip. but things happened and I had to get out of there did the whole loop one day. proved its doable but not recommended unless you're in the condition for it. Apparently didn't get the memo on the dead elk and I refilled my water at the creek below no name and again at green lakes (another creek). I guess that means either I got lucky or my inline water filter worked well. clockwise or counter clockwise I can see it being good, just depends on if you want to get the climb out of the way earlier or not.

awesome trail and well maintained

The view on top of Pilot Rock is amazing. I had no experience in rock climbing when I did this but I had friends who helped me get to the top. It's pretty scary but was well worth the hard work. There's also tons of bugs at the top that will be all over you. Make sure to bring non-slip shoes!

on Broken Top Loop Trail

backpacking
7 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.

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

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!!!

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked this on 8/5/18. It's a really good climb at 2,500 ft. We parked down near the highway and walked the .4 miles to the trailhead, so the total was 10.4 miles. The terrain changes from nice forested path, to rambling over tons of fallen trees, to super dusty silt and rock. The views were obscured mostly by haze today. Otherwise, I could imagine they'd be beautiful. We saw only one other person on the trail, which was great. From the top, you can see Duffy Lake and Mowich Lake. Along the hike is a small lake. I'd rate this hike more of a 3.5 stars due to all the fallen trees in the path, like 50 or more, and when you stopped to rest, you were harassed by flies and near the end of the day mosquitoes. We got beat up a few times trying to find workarounds. I can't deny that it was an awesome workout.

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked Aug 2: Well marked trail, very steep. Had just rained and we were unprepared for getting very wet from leaves. Lots of blowdown so u will be climbing over trees. Didn’t make it to Kinzel Lake and we were rewarded with beautiful views on the way down because it cleared up. Lots of unusual nature surprises keep your eyes open for the rock that looks like a buffalo, the tree that looks like a big bad wolf and another tree that looks like a duck

backpacking
16 days ago

Absolutely amazing loop! Hiked counterclockwise + spent first night at golden lake — lovely, a few bugs but nothing terrible. Spent night 2 at no name lake — WINDY, but not too cold and the sunset was unreal. Only part that was a little tricky was meeting back up with the tam mcarthur rim trail after heading cross-country from broken top on the third day. We skirted around the bottom of broken hand (not sure if that was the quickest way), but there was a tiny sort of trail marked with cairns. If you’re heading over this way, heads up that the meet up with the rim trail is right when you come up to the top of the saddle and broken hand/broken top are on your right — we started heading downhill through the rock field and had to scramble back up a bit to meet the trail. All in all a fantastic trip with no shortage of scenic views, would recommend to anyone!

Starting off just south of the timberline lodge and finishing at the locks is a really fun trip! We definitely had plenty of water sources along the way. The only stream crossings to worry about are the Sandy River and Muddy Creek, both are easy to pass even with a full pack. Since we only did this section we were still able to meet other Thur Hikers for the PCT both going north and south.

I recommend this section for anyone who has some experience, even the novice sort can make this a doable trip.

Would love to do it again right away, but I will definitely pack lighter and move faster!

Great little hike. We started pretty early on a Sunday with no one at the trailhead. We met an older couple about halfway back down. Nice views all around at the top. Some steep parts with switchbacks.

Did the loop counterclockwise like most people suggest and it was the right call. The first 6 or so miles were a bit dry and boring (mostly burnt). Once you get some elevation it becomes much better. Plenty of creeks the entire way. After you pass green lakes it is beautiful. I did 20 the first day and camped at broken top and I’m glad I did. Sunset at broken top was perfect. camped overlooking the lake and it was great. Woke up and did the easy 5 down and am off to see more.

hiking
1 month ago

Steady incline, but good trail. After the first 100-200 yards where it’s an old bulldozer Trail, you come to gravel/rocky spot and it looks like you continue straight. The trail actually continues up to the left as a hiking trail. The old bulldozer road continues straight and dies off. Wildflowers are in bloom! Only saw one other hiker on his way out (on a Tuesday). Beautiful views, not a lot of shade so bring hats for you and kids or baby. No steep drop offs until he top so would be ok with kids. Lots of room at the top.
Directions that worked for me: Turn right onto Straight Creek Road, follow for about 4 miles to a fork in the road, keep right onto FS 1168. After another approx 4 miles, there is a large fork in the road with two posts on each side of the road if you continue straight (continue straight for bachelor mountain TH), keep left here and trailhead is in view on the right.

Really good trail lots of amazing views

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this as an overnighter the first week of July. As everyone says, counter clockwise is best. Mountains and lakes within view the whole time. Slept at Golden Lakes but up in the stone to avoid mosquitos. There were only a couple spots with heavy mosquitoes but we just kept moving through those parts. None at higher dryer elevations. Noname Lake was still covered in snow and ice so we did not sleep there but continued back to the trailhead using the Rim Trail. The Rim Trail was amazing! We skirted the rocks on the path around the butte which was a little sketchy but not too hard. The butte is the only hard part in trying to find a trail.

If I were to recommend this, I would say take three days and camp in Green Lakes area first night. Then take a day trip with only water and extra clothes to summit South Sister. With the last day being to climb to Noname Lake and Rim Trail home. :) Lots of Miles but two mountain tops and amazing views!

Did this as a long day hike going clockwise. Wanted to have fresh legs for the incline. Took us 9 hrs to complete and we are not in the best of shape. Either my phone gps is way off or the mileage on here is off. Phone said 20.75 miles from parking lot. Refilled water bottles right before the lookout tower. Ran out of water on the way back down and had to pump at the river. As stated earlier, lots of downed trees. Can't imagine having to climb over them at the end on fatigued legs. Views of the mountains was beautiful. Fields of clover and wildflowers along the way. If we did this again it would be as an overnighter. Only saw 1 person until we got to the lookout. Was really busy last couple of miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike. Nine Boy Scouts and three Scout Leaders did the loop counter-clockwise from July 6-8, 2018. Day 1 was Three Creeks Lake to Golden Lake. About 8.5 miles. Lots of down fall and a few streams to cross. Day two started at Golden Lake and ended below No Name Lake. About 11.5 miles. Great views at the saddle between Broken Top and South Sister. Started to run into lots of hikers are Green Lake. Last mile involved lots of elevation. Day 3 started with the hike up to No Name Lake. The lake is pretty, but the money spot is the ridge above No Name Lake. To the North, we had a full view of the Sisters, Mt. Washington, Three Finger Jack, Jefferson, and Hood. Many photos taken. From that point the trail along the ridge is very rough -- loose rock and snow fields on steep pitches. After about a mile, you link up to the main trail and it's smooth sailing back to Three Creeks. Overall, the hike's rewards vastly exceed its drawbacks. Highly recommended.

backpacking
1 month ago

Pretty amazing loop. Agree that CCW is ideal. Get the burn out of the way first, many many downed trees on trail. I recommend skipping the little lake offshoots and scrambling the NW ridge instead. Even if you only just gain the ridge (8200ft) the views are epic and it’s much more peaceful than the highly trafficked lakes. Water ever few miles. And as of early July 2018 there is little to no snow on route. Most of it is near the rim portion and can be done in tennies. Would do a few weeks earlier (mid June) if done again, as the peaks are prettiest with ample snow. Beware of mosquitoes!!! Hoards of them anywhere below ca. 7500ft.

This trail was amazing… The map that is shown goes off trail a significant amount but because we had GPS we were able to figure it out. Going later in the summer if you are worried about losing the trail would be ideal so that the snow has time to melt. We went counterclockwise which was for sure the best because the mountains were in our view the entire time. Going that way there were incredible campsites at about mile five and again around mile 15.

Here are clear directions from Highway 22… A couple miles east of Marion Forks, turn south on Straight Creek Road, go 3.9 miles, turn right on forest service road 1168. Go 3.7 miles, the trail head is about 100 yards off the road on a spur to your left. It is a marked trailhead. It’s about 1-1/2 miles up to the lookout tower, fairly steep elevation gain, and then right back down. The wildflowers were amazing! I love the bear grass! Stunning views at the top.

backpacking
1 month ago

Myself and a group of friends did an overnight trip doing the loop counter clockwise. If you're looking to stay at Kinzel Lake, the trail leading to the lake campground is hard to find, there are no signs for it at all. It appears more as a wash, about a quarter mile before hitting the road, keep your eyes out for it. Hunchback trail past Devil's Peak had tons of fallen trees that you have to climb over, which was both fun and exhausting. Great loop.

Great hike but I was by myself and I didn’t feel comfortable with the final climb to the top. Incredible views of Mt Shasta if you follow the trail at the base of the vertical rock and head right.

hiking
2 months ago

Really cool hike, with epic views. Bring your bug stuff, mosquitos were really bad. Still patches of snow up top (6/17/18) that obscure the trail, but only for a few hundred feet. Dozens of trees blocking the trail make for some good exercise! Try not to beat your own trail at these spots.

Catch the PCT just a few hundred feet west of the Dee Wright Observatory. The trail itself is mixed terrain and crosses different sections of ancient lava flows (for the geology nerds out there). Wear sturdy hiking boots or your feet will be pleading for mercy on the rough and jagged lava rock. Little to no shade, so plenty of water and sunscreen is a must.

I highly recommend also heading to the top of Big Belknap Crater, which is just a bit further up the PCT before shooting to the left and up the steep scree-covered slope (can't really miss it), which adds another mile each way. The intimate view of Mt. Washington and the Three Sisters will blow your scree-filled socks off.

Super fun hike! Took the family and dogs, not a lot of people in the trail which I really like.

There were a few spots where I wasn’t sure which way the trail went but was able to find the way after few minutes. We didn’t go the whole 7 miles in because it started to rain but we got a little over 5 miles in. Beautiful views and a cool camping spot we plan to go back to.

The first mile is a little difficult but not too crazy. I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes hiking. Not good for anyone out of shape on really young kids. My 10 year old was able to do with no issues

Quiet, beautiful trail that ends in a steep switchback up to the peak. Very well marked.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, short and steep. But great views with a fire lookout and helipad. Only very small (30ft long) of snow to cross over.

Moderate hike until the switchbacks going up pilot rock. For us it was a 10 mile round trip hike. Took about 4 hours. Like how easy it was to get to PCT trailhead.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Great hike with amazing views, only one small patch of snow close to the top.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail kicked my ass. I hiked from the zig zag ranger station to kinzel lake before camping and hiking out in the morning. There are about 3.5 miles of constant blow downs two thirds of the way through and a fair amount of bugs. As an experienced but out of shape hiker, I found it grueling

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