Middle Sister

A beautiful, moderate alpine volcano climb in the Three Sisters Wilderness of central Oregon. It's 14 miles round trip and 4,500 feet of elevation gain. Enjoy spectacular view of nearby volcanic peaks in the Sisters and Bend area.

getting there

From SR-242, turn left (south) onto Forest Road 15 and drive about 7 miles. Bear left onto Forest Road 1524 and follow it to to the Pole Creek Trailhead (5,290 ft).

Approach & Ascent

 Hike the the Pole Creek trail for 5 miles and 1,500 feet of elevation gain to camp at timberline and the foot of the Hayden Glacier. Climb another 3,000 feet in about 2 miles takes to reach the summit. Travel is mostly on snow in late spring and early summer.  Late summer and fall the route is mostly a rock and scree scramble.

  • Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb, Strenuous 4
  • Length: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,500 ft
  • 10,047 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Three Sisters No. 621
  • Green Trails Broken Top No. 622
  • USGS North Sister
  • USGS Trout Creek Butte
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