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Tam McArthur Ridge to Broken Top Hike
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Length: 8 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1800' cummulative elevation gain
Season: Mid-Summer thru Early Fall
Difficulty:   Challenging
NW Forest Pass Required
GPS:   N44 6.084, W121 37.35
Latitude:   44.1014
Longitude:   -121.6225

This hike is only snow free for a brief period of time between mid summer and early fall. Yet, it is one of the most rewarding adventures in the beautiful Three Sister's Wilderness Area.

The hike gains about 1800' in elevation, and takes you up from a fairly dense pine forest into a sub alpine region across the very top of Tam McArthur Rim and to the very northeastern flank of Broken Top Mountain.

The trail begins climbing immediately from the designated trailhead through a weathered stand of a ancient pine forest. You are presented with fabulous views almost immediately. And it just keeps getting better as you climb.

If you only climb to the viewpoint on Tam McArthur Rim you will be rewarded greatly for your effort. The rest of this hike should be attempted only by those hikers with alot of experience and who are in excellent physical condition.

The trail, if you want to call it that, from the overlook on Tam McArthur Rim to the northeastern flank of Broken Top Mountain is obscure and very difficult at times to follow. Depending on the season the trail is often covered by snow.

Only attempt this hike if you are a very experienced hiker and are in excellent physical condition.

Three Sisters from Tam McArthur Ridge
Three Sisters from Tam McArthur Ridge

How to get there:

From Sisters, Oregon drive 17.0 miles south on Forest Road 16 (Elm Street in Sisters) to the Three Creeks Campground.

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