Pacific Crest Trail: Three Sisters

Spend up to a week on this 28-mile stretch, which yields more consistent views than the densely forested remainder of the PCT in Oregon. "Take time to bag the Sisters," advises Jack Haskel, our PCT map contributor. "There are great off-trail routes from basecamps on the trail."
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Spend up to a week on this 28-mile stretch, which yields more consistent views than the densely forested remainder of the PCT in Oregon. "Take time to bag the Sisters," advises Jack Haskel, our PCT map contributor. "There are great off-trail routes from basecamps on the trail."

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 42.8

Waypoints

PCT1231

Location: 43.9819984436035, -121.825485229492

Take the middle trail @ 3-way and head N to continue on PCT. Side trip: Turn R onto Island Meadow Trail for quick visit to restaurant at Elk Lake.

PCT1232

Location: 43.9954490661621, -121.827934265137

Stay R @ Horse Creek Trail jct.

PCT1233

Location: 44.0381317138672, -121.829620361328

Stay straight @ jct.

PCT1234

Location: 44.0401496887207, -121.822334289551

Keep straight @ jct.

PCT1235

Location: 44.0397491455078, -121.818183898926

Trail curves to the NE toward The House Rock

PCT1236

Location: 44.0598335266113, -121.808883666992

Stay straight @ Devils Lake Trail jct., walking at the base of Rock Mesa lava flow

PCT1237

Location: 44.0733489990234, -121.816848754883

Cross creek

PCT1238

Location: 44.0756988525391, -121.819664001465

Cross creek

PCT1239

Location: 44.079532623291, -121.818016052246

Cross Mesa Creek

PCT1240

Location: 44.0813674926758, -121.82048034668

Creek crossing

PCT1241

Location: 44.0842170715332, -121.820816040039

Stay R @ jct.

PCT1242

Location: 44.113899230957, -121.81095123291

Pass lakelet on R by Separation Creek

PCT1243

Location: 44.1252517700195, -121.82105255127

Keep straight

PCT1244

Location: 44.1423492431641, -121.82105255127

Go straight @ Linton Trail jct.

PCT1245

Location: 44.1665840148926, -121.818115234375

Straight @ Obsidian Way Trail jct.

PCT1246

Location: 44.1681823730469, -121.817535400391

Pass Obsidian Falls, a 30-ft. waterfall pouring over black obsidian; no camping allowed here

PCT1247

Location: 44.1693000793457, -121.815483093262

Pass a nicely-flowing spring flowing from the volcanic flow above.

PCT1248

Location: 44.1721649169922, -121.816215515137

Find a great campsite under trees in an obsidian area

PCT1249

Location: 44.1788673400879, -121.817367553711

Keep straight @ jct.

PCT1250

Location: 44.1901168823242, -121.792503356934

Veer L @ trail jct. on Opie Dilldock Pass; travel N through lava flow

PCT1251

Location: 44.1959838867188, -121.792533874512

Pass Minnie Scott Spring on R

PCT1252

Location: 44.208683013916, -121.791870117188

Stay straight, heading N toward Yapoah Crater @ jct.

PCT1253

Location: 44.2313003540039, -121.772636413574

Go straight @ Scott Pass toward Mattieu Lakes

PCT1254

Location: 44.232234954834, -121.774467468262

Bear R @ jct. with North Matthieu Lake Trail. Pass South Matthieu Lake (very nice lake with lava flows; Middle Sister forms S backdrop)

PCT1255

Location: 44.2501335144043, -121.784301757812

Go straight @ North Matthieu Lake Trail jct.

PCT1256

Location: 44.257251739502, -121.790153503418

Go L @ jct. with Lava Camp Lake Trail; Don't miss PCT heading W.

PCT1257

Location: 44.2613639831543, -121.793312072754

End @ OR 252.

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South Sister

Location: 44.0488624572754, -121.809364318848

South Sister from the start of the start of the Wickiup Plain. ©Jack Haskel

Site of forest fire

Location: 43.9818000793457, -121.825134277344

Area was burned by a forest fire a few years ago.©Jack Haskel

Spring

Location: 44.1692008972168, -121.81517791748

Nicely-flowing spring flowing from the volcanic flow above. ©Jack Haskel

Obsidian Falls

Location: 44.168098449707, -121.817680358887

Pass Obsidian Falls, a 30-ft. waterfall pouring over black obsidian. ©Jack Haskel