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Emily Gardner reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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I hiked counter clockwise Oct 31/Nov 1. I left little three creeks trail head around 0830 and got to green lakes around 1300. The first 8 miles are thru burn area and there are probably 75-100 trees down. So prepare to be going over, under or around for most of it. I only passed one other person on this section. At green lakes, there were maybe a handful of people, but really not busy. I camped just above green lakes at campsite 9. Would highly recommend this spot. There’s a nice flowing creek about 100 feet away. It was very cold at night so definitely bring lots of layers! I left camp around 0700 the next morning. The trail from green lakes to broken top is beautiful forest or meadows and a mild grade. When you get to the turn off to go up towards no name lake, I highly recommend not following alltrails route and just following the actual trail. Once up towards the lake is when I started passing more people. No name lake is the last water source until you reach your car back at three creeks lake so make sure to fill up! The rest of the trail is basically all exposed. Walking along broken hand you are navigating your way through lots of loose rocks, so be careful, basically a drop off on the other side. Once back to the Tam McArthur rim trail, that’s when I started passing most of the people. I got back to my car around 1300, and the parking lot and both sides of the road were packed! When I got there around 0800 the day before, it was just me and one other car. So get there early!

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Jose Sandoval reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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HikingGreat!

Clock wise route. Challenging to navigate all of the downed trees but worth it because of the spectacular views. Use gps and back up maps to navigate, some sections aren’t marked or obstructed by debris. What a stunning trail,

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Kate Kilbourne reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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Yea boiiii

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Aspen Johnston reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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Kyle Raudenbush reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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just a fun easy hike.

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Isabella Molyneux reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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Did this trail clockwise with 7 friends and got the larger elevation gain out on the first day. The trail was absolutely lovely and the section of burnout is not too long, definitely wouldn’t recommend camping in it (which we made the mistake of doing) as it is very very dusty. The elevation is spread out nicely and the entire loop could definitely be done in one night, although we did it in 2 and had very leisurely mornings and evening (started hiking around 1 on the first day and was done hiking by 12 on the 3rd day). Great views of the sisters—highly recommend!!

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Devyn Powell reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Did this over Labor Day weekend in 3 days/2 nights - we were lucky to just miss the smoke (we saw lots of haze from above No Name Lake, and it started to get a lot thicker on the descent. Scary stuff!). It's a pretty easy hike distance and elevation wise if you do it in 3 days, and if I were to do it again (which I would), I'd do it in 2 days/1 night. The route is also pretty exposed for most of the trail, and not very shady on a hot day, just FYI. The hike was absolutely beautiful, and not as crowded as I thought it would be for a holiday weekend, though camp at Golden Lake on Saturday night was pretty full - but was glad that most folks were respectful and fairly quiet, and we were able to find a beautiful, secluded site. However, we saw two separate groups with open campfires on the other side of Golden Lake on Saturday night. Fires are banned at that elevation, and that's pretty clear from the signs at the trailhead! Especially with wildfires literally raging around us, that felt really irresponsible! Rant over.

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Brandy Phillips reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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BackpackingGreat!

This was such a fun loop. We did this loop in two days/one night. Smoke started to roll in on our second day so we pushed through to complete it the second day. A tad busy around no name lake but all in all it was an incredible trip.

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Heather Warman reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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Heather Warman reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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Michael Buchanan reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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We did this trail clockwise over three days in early September, camping twice on the trail and once when we first arrived at Three Creek Lake. The first part of the trail was very beautiful with stunning views of Broken Top and the surrounding mountains. There is one part that is a little difficult to navigate, but the trail is well-traveled and it is fairly easy to stay on track. On the second and third day of the trip, smoke from neighboring forest fires made it harder to see and appreciate some of the mountains. However, the forests, lakes, and creeks are beautiful as well and there are planets of chances to fill water, This trip was a lot of fun and not too difficult, as the elevation gain is minimal, and it is not technically challenging. Broken Top Loop Trail ensures a lot of different terrain, views, places to camp, and no bugs. I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a fast-paced long day hike or an enjoyable and rewarding backpacking trip.

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Abby M reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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Went ccw in 2 nights. Amazing views, no bugs! Camped at golden lake and near no name lake.

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Tory Herbert reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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BackpackingRocky

We hiked this loop counterclockwise over 3 days this past Labor Day weekend. It was fantastic! Beautiful views, plenty of water sources, and no mosquitoes. The only thing we did differently than the mapped route was at the trail intersection at Little Crater Creek, where it can get a little confusing with several different trails. We followed Broken Top Loop Trail a bit further up (straight across the canal) and then stayed left up to No Name Lake instead of cutting through using the social trail (left at the canal, up the hill). This may have added a little extra distance.

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ryan duffy reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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HikingGreat!

Trail was great. Highly recommend doing it counter clockwise. I did it in two days because smoke from a wildfire moved in.

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Scarlet Passer reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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BackpackingGreat!

Did the trail in 3 days. Camping at golden lake the first night and then little crater creek on night two. Each day held something spectacular, beautiful lakes, plenty of water sources and then the view on the last day from broken top was magnificent. Going in late August (luckily) had no snow traversing at all. Having the GPS did certainly help on one or two sections of trail that were a little hard to find.

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Kyle Raudenbush reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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9 hours round trip.

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Hannah Morrison reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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CampingGreat!Snow

Did this trail as a 3-day/2-nighter the last weekend of July this year and loved it. Stunning mountain views nearly the whole time. We did the trail counter-clockwise to get the hardest elevation gain done first & I'd highly recommend it. There was still a bit of snow leading up to No Name Lake that makes it hard to find the trail but I promise it's there! Also, there are many great camping spots just past No Name. The second night we camped at Golden Lake, a .5 mile detour off the trail and very worth it. It's a nice shallow lake you can wade in and lots of camping spots!

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Judah Gold-Markel reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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BackpackingScramble

Great hike. We went to no name lake and had a great stay. Interestingly there are several ways to get around Broken Hand and need to take care not to end up high on Broken Hand or you might summit inadvertently with a full pack. Beautiful area with no bugs.

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Stephen Varady reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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BackpackingNo shade

We did this route CW on 8/1-8/2. The first day of the hike is the most challenging and beautiful. Camped at Green Lakes. Arrived at camp around 5:30 on a Saturday and there were 3 sites left along the ridge line. As we were setting up camp, Karen arrived and told us we had to leave the site because the “ranger told her it was still open and she could have it” (LOL). We politely told her no, as the sites are first come first serve, and she stomped off into the woods. We packed out early in the morning and did the last 11 miles or so. There’s a long burn zone toward the end with maybe 4-5 miles of no shade and very dusty. Bring sunblock and gaiters!

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Laura Russell reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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I hiked this CCW over 7/27-7/28. I can see why some reviews suggested starting clockwise to get the elevation and more technical section out of the way on day 1. I camped at Green Lakes and then hiked up to No Name Lake the next day. The views were incredible. I found the section dropping behind Broken Hand to be the most difficult, as you essentially have to skirt a ridge line of scree for ~1/4 mile. I recommend a GPS of the trail, as there was some necessary route finding on this section. I consider myself a decently athletic hiker, but would likely do this over 3 days in the future. Overall, some of the best views in Oregon!

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Lana Stern reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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We did this clockwise starting at Tam McArthur on 7/22-7/24. I wanted to get the hard part out of the way first and I’m glad we did. Camped first night just southwest of no name lake and the second night at Park Meadows. Beautiful loop, nice weather, a lot of sun exposure. Broken Top is charismatic as heck - so enjoyable to circumnavigate and see her on all sides. We only had mosquitoes at Park Meadows. Swam in green lakes (cold!) and three creek lake. Going over the ridges between Broken Hand and Broken Top was stressful - lost the trail a few times due to snow but used the Alltrails app to find it. Would recommend hiking poles for safety on a few sketchy parts there. Also sort of lost the trail for a few minutes on the west side of broken top - check your maps. I’d say for most average backpackers it would take 2 nights unless you really want to stress yourself or you’re really efficient. We did the Timberline in 3 nights, for context.

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Kristin Erickson reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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Absolutely Epic. More to come...

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Kevin Huang reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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We did it in 2 days from 7/21-7/22 in the clockwise direction. This may be easier as the peak goes first in this way. No name lake still frozen over, but clearly very beautiful. Good swimming in green lakes and three creeks lake. Mosquitoes ok but quite bad between green lakes and the pole creek burn area.

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John C reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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Such an awesome hike. We did it clockwise which i think was the better way to go since it got the uphill done while we were most energized. The views were awesome. You get a clear view of the sisters and the rest of the Oregon Cascades. Two things to note: green lakes has first come first served designated camping so if you’re planning on camping on the weekend, try to get there early. Also, no you do not need permits to do this hike

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Tate Ford reviewed Broken Top Loop Trail
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Great overall hiking experience that we did in 3 days 2 nights. Mosquitos were the only complaint!

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