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Scott Trail Glacier Way Trail Loop is a 14.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sisters, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 14.3 mi Elevation gain 2,483 ft Route type Loop

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Bettina Ishimaru
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Many mosquitoes entire trail. Trail is not marked clearly just breaks off South West for Obsidian . Only a few people on it which was great. Heavy forest for over 3.5 miles in. About 2 miles in snow patches but manageable without crampons. Gradual elevation. Loved old red lava flows. Excellent views of 3 Sisters from Lava Flow onward. Camped before 4 in 1 Cone. Wolf Moon kept on shining both nights- like a flashlight on our tent.

Teala Alvord
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HikingBugsSnow

We intended to do Scott to PCT to Obsidian, but ran into a lot more snow than anticipated. Several people attempting the same route turned back ahead of us because they couldn’t locate the convergence of the Scott and PCT. We tried but turned back at Four in One Cone due to more cold and wet than we wanted. A few days before was lovely weather but we sadly got rain showers and heavy fog. If you’re local it may be easier to get permits short notice but we were not able to so we had to try! I would definitely try this again in a month (mid to late July) but June is too much of a crapshoot. Otherwise, besides the mosquitos being thick in the woods, the hike was gorgeous, the flowers were beautiful, and the few glimpses of the mountains we had through thick mist were breathtaking.

Silver Fox Outdoors
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Absolutely beautiful trail! I parked at the Obsidian Trailhead and hiked the loop clockwise from Scott Trail to the PCT to Obsidian. Plenty of flowers were in bloom and butterflies were everywhere. Birdsong filled the air for the entire hike. There were pockets of deep snow on the PCT section, but plenty of hiker tracks to keep you on trail. North Sister dominates the view from the lava fields on Scott Trail all the way to Obsidian. Not very many mosquitoes out, but maybe I just got lucky.

Mike Malone
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Jeff Perreault
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This is an outstanding hike! I could easily have made it 5 stars... We did it yesterday (Sunday, July 1st) from the Scott TH, going clockwise. Other slight variation was going to the top of the small cone a few miles in (there's a sign stating the side trail isn't maintained). I would strongly encourage others to do the same. It's a very short diversion to get great 360° views of the Sisters to Jefferson. The PCT section is stunning, with some excellent camping areas sprinkled in. We had quite a few patches of snow to cross, but nothing epic. Flowers were good, but I'm guessing will be getting better consistently over the next few weeks. Mosquitoes were nasty near the TH, but otherwise pretty tame. All in all, a beautiful hike, one I'll do again.

Brittney Gaddis
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Tried to get to this trail last weekend and the road is blocked.

Gerard Bonfils
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I chose a 14+ miles route starting with Scott Trail, then turning South on the PCT and then returning on the Glacial Way + Obsidian trails. The starting point was the Frog Camp Parking area just off OR 242. The Scott Trail section gains about 1500 ft in 4.5 miles which makes for a nice warm-up. The first 3 miles are through fairly dense forest with the occasional meadows and leads to the crossing of the first lava flow. The lava flow is rather wide but the trail, although it cuts through the lava in a few points, mostly follows the lava wall using ‘untouched islands’ of vegetation. At about 4.5 miles, the trail exits the flow just South of Four-in-One cone. This is also where the view open all around and the trail levels off a bit. For another mile, the trail slowing ascends North-East until it t-bones into the PCT at the edge of a large meadow. A good spot for a quick rest or snack, looking at North Sister. The first 1.5 miles on the PCT lead to the highest point on the route, just at the base of Collier Cone (also the halfway point of the route a 7+ miles). Initially, the trail is what you would expect from the PCT: nicely cut and maintained trail, reasonable grades. Eventually, though, it has to cut through the lava flow again and that makes for the typical ankle-busting proposal as it goes on for a little while, including a pretty impressive series of short switchbacks cut into a steep lava wall. The following section on the PCT (about 2.5 miles) starts by following the west side of the lava flow before veering South-West, offering a few good resting/snacking sites and a more shaded path. This section ends at the crossing of Glacier Creek which provides a good source for replenishing your water supply if you have the right equipment. The junction with the Glacier Way trail is just a few hundred feet past the creek crossing. The Glacier Way trail descends steadily for about 1 mile, hugging the West side of the creek for a while before rejoining the Obsidian trail at the foot of the last lava flow of the day. After crossing that lava flow (.5 mile), the Obsidian trail slowly descends back to Frog Camp for the last 3 miles, offering the welcome shade of a constant canopy. Don’t forget to get a permit for entering the restricted access Obsidian Area.

Lisa L.
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Lisa L.
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Mike Malone
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Kerry Aldrich
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Amber Dianda
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Andrea R.
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Timothy Lankford
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Brian Berblinger
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