Tam McArthur Rim Trail

MODERATE 67 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

views

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.

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1 month ago

Oct. 16th 2017 Sunny nice day. Snow 2 to 3 feet at upper elevations, but snow on all the trail.

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1 month ago

Mostly dirt, some snowy spots.

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1 month ago

Great views

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1 month ago

Stunning views, especially during early fall.

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2 months ago

Amazing hike around the rim. Spectacular view point although the hike.

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2 months ago

Hiked July 23rd: Great hike trail, little busy this time of year. The mosquitoes are bad just past the meadow near the top, BRING BUG SPRAY! This year the butterflies are beautiful and everywhere this year too.

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3 months 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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3 months ago

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

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3 months 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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3 months 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.