Chambers Lakes Basin Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Chambers Lakes Basin Trail is a 13.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sisters, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
13.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,490 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked this as a day hike. Up and back in 5 hours is doable but definitely a leg burner. Amazing views, the lake is perfect. First few miles are through the pole creek fire aftermath. Once you get through that the hike gets better and scenery improves.

backpacking
10 months ago

One of the most beautiful places is ever back packed to.

hiking
11 months ago

Surreal.

rock climbing
Monday, September 12, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

This is a mountain summit, and it's definitely "strenuous" ◊◊ from the marked Pole Creek trailhead (or from any other).

Most people backpack in and spend the night at Camp Creek before summiting via the south ridge, but it's do-able in one day via that route or by going straight up the Hayden glacier (north ridge approach). The latter requires roping-up and do some glacier travel (for a small glacier, the crevasses are substantial). If trying to make it a one-day ascent, well, get ready for a long approach and not to take many breaks.

There's also a long 15+ mile western approach and route from the Frog Camp / Obsidian Falls trailhead that crosses Renfrew Glacier. Eventually, the Frog Camp route also uses the north ridge approach to summit.

If you're looking for a walk-up, South Ridge is the way to go, but it's more akin to St. Helens-esque boulder and rock-crawling than the mellow ease of something of a South Sister slog. Middle Sister is great, but don't expect trails everywhere: you'll be climbing a mountain, not hiking around a tourist park.

Bring some thick gloves and every ounce of energy you have if you're ascending via the south ridge: the rocks are sharp and steep.

Regardless, it's a wonderful mountain and blissfully devoid of tourists. You might meet some new friends along the trail, but the tour-busses and trail runners will be miles away--and that's a good thing.

1 month ago

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017