Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts

Three Sisters Wilderness

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts

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  • Base camp at the Tam McArthur Rim.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • Pack it all in.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • Your day starts out with a guide giving you a rundown of the snowpack and where you can find good snow.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • Up hill in the Orchard, Three Creek Lake below.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • Catching a sunrise lap above the huts.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • Quick laps above the Yurts. Three Creeks Lake below.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • Skinning near Three Creek Lake.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • The Prow holds some of the best lines along the rim.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • The Tam McArthur Rim extends a few miles west from the huts.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • Easy skinning along the top of the rim. - Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • Looking west from Tam McArthur Rim. Terrain in the foreground is a 2-hour skin from the huts. - Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • Skier Rob Story finding the goods off of Tam McArthur Rim.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • - Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • The Orchard off of Tam McArthur Rim.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • Short and fun terrain in the Playground.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • The Playground.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
  • The Playground.- Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Diverse terrain. Cheap mid-week rates.
Cons: 
Reservations required.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Max slope angle: 
15-30 degrees
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,500.00 ft (1,676.40 m)
Vertical descent: 
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Nestled in an old-growth stand at the base of Tam McArthur Rim are two yurts and a wood-fired sauna operated by Three Sisters Backcountry. It's a 6-mile snowmobile shuttle into the yurts, so bring your own snowmobile or arrange a pick-up through Three Sisters Backcountry for $40 round trip.

At the yurts you'll find a propane-fired kitchen, a wood stove, a dining table, and bunks to house six. The snowmobile shuttle allows you to bring a cooler or two of food and drinks for your stay. No need for those terrible freeze-dried meals while you're here.

The two yurts allow for easy access to Tam McArthur Rim, the area has everything from sheltered tree skiing to big, wide open bowls. If you're new to the area, spend the money on a guide. They'll show you the best spots on the rim and get you there on the easiest skin track.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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