Tam McArthur Rim to Broken Top Loop is a 18.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near La Pine, Oregon that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
18.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,402 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

forest

lake

views

scramble

snow

hiking
2 months ago

I gave more details in the track I uploaded for this trail.

Some highlights: you don't have to walk the 18.5 miles loop to take in the most impressive sights/views.
You can opt for doing just the Tam McArthur Rim trail (about 5.5 miles round trip) -- see details fro that trail elsewhere on the app/site
You can extend the previous option to go to the foot of Broken Hand and back (about 10 miles round trip). Only reason to stop there and not go toe the foot of Broken top (where the most stunning views are) would be the difficult last mile or so (faint trail, scrambling, some moderate exposure on steep and slippery slope). Out-and-back to Broken top would make it about 13 miles.
Last, you can start from the Broken Top Crater trailhead or (if you don't have good enough clearance on your vehicle) or a point closer to the Cascade Lakes hwy / 46). See "Broken Top trail to No Name Lake and Bend Glacier" or "rater Ditch Trail to No Name Lake, Bend Glacier, Broken Hand and Broken Top"

The combination of sweeping panorama (north and south) of the Cascades range, the upclose/front-seat view of the East side of Broken Top, the amazing color of No Name Lake and a well graded trail in good condition (except between Broken Hand and the Bend Glacier saddle) make this one of my absolute favorites in the area....and I am not the only one as the fairly high traffic trail proves.

The 7 miles on dirt-roads do not offer much, except the opportunity to inhale dirt and dust as vehicles cross path with you... but also to dip your aching feet in Tumalo creek. I use this porting mostly as a training opportunity for longer hikes and backpacking trips.