• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1500 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic

The Tam McArthur Rim Trailhead is a beautiful drive from the small town of Sisters. On a clear day, this hike offers spectacular views of the Three Sisters + Mt. Bachelor.

The Tam McArthur Rim Trail is a day hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness that will have you gaining about 1,500' of elevation for beautiful views of Three Creek Lake and the surrounding Three Sisters Mountains. On a clear day you can also catch a peak of Mt. Bachelor Ski Area. 

The trail is less crowded than others in the area which might make it more difficult to follow, especially after a snow. 

The first part of the trail will head south around the lake and begin to climb. You will reach a plateau and the terrain will change, that is your queue to look for the trail sign and continue west. Stay right and continue up the hill, views of Mt. Bachelor will be on your left. Three Sisters Mountains will be straight head. You will know when you reach the end of the trail when you spot the "The Trail Ends Here" sign. 

Stop for a beer at Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters on your way back to Bend. 

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  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Proper footwear/poles for snow
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