Explore the most popular forest trails near Sisters with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy and peaceful hike.

Hiked this last season was so beautiful

This was such a beautiful hike

hiking
1 month ago

The snow was almost knee deep in some places, but our waterproof boots kept us dry. We started at the store and headed West through the picnic area. The views are gorgeous, we saw all kinds of birds. There’s a point several hours in where you could almost throw a pebble and hit the store, so you might think your hike is winding down. The trail continues way past the East end of the Lake with an incredible river bridge and a blue pool. Take plenty of snacks and water. We can’t wait to come back in the summer for a whole new experience.

This is a really beautiful area with a very easy hike in. We camped for only one night in October, but it was really magical as we had Duffy Lake entirely to ourselves.

4 months ago

Nice walk around the lake. Mellow enough to take it as a stroll. Friend and I went in mid-January on a clear blue sky day. Though we started the hike at 1pm we could still admire the crystal clear water, finished around 4:30. Can't wait to go back again and admire it on a bright summer day!

I loved this hike. Quiet and not crowded like some of the others in this area. It was a bit dusty in the beginning but the scenery more than made up for it.

I went back in July and it’s a good hike! Not shaded though for half of it. By the end of it we had gotten a little tired of almost the same view. Can get busy when there’s good weather.

hiking
7 months ago

The fall colors are here, along with tiny bits of snow. Very pretty walk around the lake - we took the whole family, and we haven't hiked for quite awhile. Taking our sweet time and stopping for lots of pictures, it took about 3.5 hours to finish the loop. The lava fields are a little more difficult to maneuver - there's some bits with paved path, mostly it's rocks you're walking on) but there isn't much of the trail with the lava fields. Mostly nice forest trails throughout. Would have loved to take a boat on the lake, get a closer look at the underwater forest - but the hike was gorgeous.

backpacking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely easier trail with views of lake and over lava beds as well as through forested trails.

Nice trail, a lot of new growth from past fire. Bring your sun screen or floppy hat. Might hit snow up on top. Walk through what I call a ghost forest

Surreal.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun quick hike to pretty little lakes. the water was quite warm and surprisingly, no mosquitos.

backpacking
9 months ago

This is the most complete backpacking trip you'll find in all of Oregon. Truly something for everyone. Excellent trail conditions as of Aug 12th '17. No name lake is predictably crowded with very limited tent space, but anywhere just below the lake is equally impressive and I would argue more comfortable and peaceful. Designated camping spots at Green Lakes were sparse due to the fact that many are under restoration, but if you get creative you will find excellent spots in the vicinity.
Any camping at Park Meadow is excellent due to the proximity and level of the creek running through the meadow.

Ample water supplies every couple miles. We had one 32 oz bottle and one 3L bladder per person and never ran short or dry.

backpacking
9 months ago

Just completed this loop today.

Started at Three Creeks Trail. Camped the first night at Golden Lake. No problems whatsoever. No Snow. Approximately 7.7 miles though a burnt forest, meadows and a couple river crossings. Bring sandals for the crossings. This section was all soft sand on the trail. Much like walking on the dry portion of the beach.

Day two was a long difficult one. 10 miles from Golden Lake to the No Name Lake.

Day Three was out from the ice lake to Tam McArthur Rim and back to Three Creeks Lake. When leaving the lake it can be easy to lose the trail. Having said that, it's also very easy to find/follow the trail. Either set your compass bearing and aim for the end of Tam McArthur Rim, or just follow the AllTrails geotrack. Look for all the cairns to help guide you. Just make sure you hit the Tam McArthur Rim Trail at the very end. I walked passed it and had to climb 150 yards almost straight up in loose lava rock to get back on the trail.

There were multiple snow crossings both approaching the mountain and leaving the mountain. All easily passable.

The last few miles down from Tam McArthur to Three Creeks is very steep and harder than I expected.

Thank you to whomever uploaded this track. It was an incredible help.

trail running
9 months ago

Gorgeous, but challenging for a run in the summer. I went on a 90 degree afternoon and found the asphalt lava rock portions to be sheer drudgery. Not too crowded on a Monday morning. Couldn't find where the map said the trail forks off into the McKenzie trail, but that's probably on me.

Did this trail 2 weeks ago. Left from Park meadows trailhead and after you hit park meadows you have to cut your own trail through the snow between south sister and broken top but just keep heading between them and you'll eventually hit a point where you will see green lakes. From green lakes we headed down to the soda spring trailhead and took that up to the broken top trailhead area and continued down. Too much snow between broken top and bald butte so we took a trail down and around that puts you right along some ATV roads. We ended up taking a horseback trail back to three creeks lake and hitchhiked the 2 miles back to park meadows trailhead. Great trip we camped at green lakes and somewhere at the east end of bald butte. Many water crossings that I took my boots off for. Super fun just have some directional awareness in the snow

Gorgeous. fields of wildflowers all over. Not much snow (easy in running shoes). Tons of mosquitoes even with a breeze. Take the side trail on the right that winds up the slope 3FG instead of trying to go up the massive scree hill! Also it's pretty exposed so caution with dogs getting too hot, esp their paws on the dark rock.

hiking
10 months ago

Great day hike. Not too tough, not too many mosquitoes, and very pretty

Hike across 2 miles of sharp lava flow on PCT and then a short.2 mile side trail up Little Belknap. Climb up to the top and inside a cavelike opening there are a couple of lava tubes you can look down into, pretty cool. Easy hike but tough on feet

Hike started our GORGEOUS with a ton of wildflowers over the first mile or so. Relatively easy going for the most part, but there's still a fair amount of snow as you approach Santiam Lake... not enough to lose the trail, but enough to keep you paying attention to where the trail is! Tons of downed trees across the trail, especially between Santiam Lake and Duffy Lake. Duffy Lake was great once we got there... wonderful lakeside campsites, warm enough water for a quick dip, fishing and beautiful views of Duffy Butte!

10 months ago

The lake is beautiful but the trail is not for mountain bikes. The portion that is the Clear lake trail is gentle and easy but the middle is the McKenzie trail and found ourselves caring our bikes

Very enjoyable hike! Hope to do this one again! Great views at the higher elevations. Starts from the road in an old burnt area, then about half way up goes back into forested area. Interesting to see how the forest reacts after a burn. Lots of wild flowers. Still snowpack on the trail up on Jack. Passable but caution warranted.

hiking
10 months ago

The kids and I really enjoyed this hike. The first 1.25 miles or so are unimpressive and were mosquito-ridden when we hiked, but that changed once we approached N. Matthieu Lake. The mosquitos disappeared at that point and the views became gorgeous. Both Matthieu Lakes, though quite different, are beautiful - and the water surprisingly warm. Hike around the east side of the south lake for a view of Bend in the distance. On the way back we hiked the PCT branch, which offered spectacular views of the lava field around Dee Wright and the mountains to the west including Belknap Crater and Mt. Washington. The parking lot was full when we arrived at Noon, but was mostly empty by the time we left at about 4:30pm.

Definitely bring sturdy shoes. Views from the top are incredible.

hiking
11 months ago

varied type of trail - from paved to volcanic to a peaceful forest hike. I enjoyed it . The scenery is beautiful and it didn't seem heavily traveled.

trail running
11 months ago

Trail ran this loop with the addition of going around South Sister a couple years back on Labor Day. Started out at Pole Creek Trailhead at the first trail junction headed north toward Alder creek and on to South Matheau lake. Headed south on the PCT. Lots of water on this section of trail down to junction w Moraine Lake trail. Headed east past Moraine Lake and then north up Green Lakes trail continuing north over the 7000 saddle and down into Park Meadow. From there the trail continues north. Dont go east or you will end up at Three Creeks Lake. Continuing north the trail passes several snow melting creeks which can be quite high depending on snow levels up above. Keep northbound and back to Pole Creek Trailhead and my vehicle. 50+ miles all in a days
trailrun....lol. Fantastic views!!! There is plenty of water on the west side PCT trail. I filtered my water and never packed any. Good luck and a amazing trail loop

hiking
11 months ago

Once again right after you park the fall is right there!

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