Tam McArthur Rim Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
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Tam McArthur Rim Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sisters, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1315 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

lake

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wildlife

muddy

Hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness with a great view of Three Creek Lake. From the Three Creeks Lake trailhead, follow a winding switch back single track trail up the mountain out of the tree line, which tops out on the "Tam McArthur Rim" with a great view of Broken Top Mountain and the valley below. You then hike along the rim through a snow field (at least into August) and onto McArthur Rim at an elevation of 7732 feet. From here you have a great view all the way around.

7 days ago

9 days ago

Started hike at sunset. Spent night on trail to watch sunrise and catch some great night time / early morning sunrise colors. Great views and fun trail to hike and explore.

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9 days ago

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12 days ago

Beautiful and scenic even though smoke limited the view. Our dog loves the patches of snow.

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15 days ago

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22 days ago

This hike was amazing! We originally planned to do the 5 mile roundtrip hike. When we reached the top we continued what we thought was another half-mile past the "end of trail" sign and past the "not maintained trail" sign until we reached a viewpoint of the sisters and broken top. We had to do some exploring to find it. We realized how close we were to broken top and could see a trail beginning on a huge hill, we decided to make the trek since we were close. We followed the ridge line the whole way to the big butte-like formation that blocks the view of broken top for a while. You have amazing 360 views of the cascade range the whole way. The hike is easy with a couple of uphill stretches with snow that makes it slick. When you reach the big rock formation (not sure of the name) you will want to stay left of it and close to the top. There are some sketchy places climbing over boulders near the edge. Once you reach broken top you are able to follow the ridge all the way to where you could climb up broken top to see the views of sisters. We didn't make it down to the lake due to time, which was ok because the lake is still frozen over, and I think the view is more spectacular when the lake is thawed. We made the hike back in good time knowing the trail better, but be careful when you get close to the original trail because the snow can make you lose the trail very easily. The duration of our hike was from 2-7:30, that was with a lot of stops and exploring. Make sure you bring lots of water and reapply your sunscreen!!! We did not come prepared since we didn't know we would be hiking to broken top, so we got toasted. The hike is well worth it though. I highly suggest it!!

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25 days ago

The drive to the Tam McArthur Rim trailhead was paved except for the last mile which was maintained gravel. The hike to the rim was nice. A couple small areas of snow in late July. Lupines were in bloom. The views were very nice. I'd give the rim portion of the hike a solid 4 stars. I continued on the trail to the base of Broken Top. It doubled the mileage and added some elevation, but it was more than worth it. Once you get up to around 8,000 ft you have truly amazing views of Broken Top, all three Sisters, and Bachelor. You also have very good views of Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, and Washington. I could also easily make out Hood and Adams. As a bonus, there were thousands of California Tortoiseshell Butterflies swarming. It was definitely a 5 star day.

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

Incredible views, but-as a trail runner-I had to turn around about half way through because I kept losing the trail in the snow...

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7 months ago

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9 months ago

Did this trail today, pretty socked in with clouds at the top but some great views on the way up. Had quite a bit of snow. Will be doing this one again.

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10 months ago

Breathtaking views with varying types of foliage. Perfect for the fall, we walked through some light snow but the walk is just difficult enough that we stayed plenty warm. The first 1/3 or so is a fairly steep climb uphill but it mellows out and makes for an easy journey back.

10 months ago

10 months ago

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11 months ago

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11 months ago

We've read about this hike and couldn't wait for the weather to be cooler. It was a beautiful Sunday to hike Tam MacArthur. We knew the trail started at Three Creeks Lake, so we packed a picnic for when when finished the hike. The elevation of the parking lot is at 6550 feet. The first mile of the hike up was pretty steep. We then were up over Three Creeks Lake and it was beautiful. There was a point (and you'll see Jack pointing) where in the view ahead, you could see the Prow we were going to hike to and Jack was pointing to it. After that point, we reached the switchbacks which we were very appreciative of to make it easier going up. The hike up was moderate. We walked thru heavy forests above the lake and then a few meadows. The views were amazing. The one meadow we got to before we went straight up, there was a fork in the trail, but you wanted to take it to the left. Once we made that last trek straight up, we were on the edge and you could see we were very high high, 7732 ft. Once we got to the Prow, we continued west towards the snowfields about another 400 feet up to get a perfect view of the Sisters. Then we turned around and headed back to the Prow where we stopped and took in the 360 degree views. We could see Smith Rock and a lot more. This has been one of our favorite hikes so far. We were not ready to go down, but knew we had to. I always enjoy going back because you can see the hike in a different perspective. Once we got down, we got our picnic and headed to the dock, pulled our shoes off and let them rest in the the cool water. It was a beautiful finish to a wonderful day. By the time we got back to the car, we had hiked a little over 8 miles and over 20,000 steps. What a great day!