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Todd Lake Ridge

Three Sisters Wilderness

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Todd Lake Ridge

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  • Beautiful views of Mount Bachelor (9,068 ft) on the skin up to Todd Lake ridge.- Todd Lake Ridge
  • South Sister (10,358 ft) peeks above the trees on left with Broken Top (9,177 ft) in center.- Todd Lake Ridge
  • Reaching Todd Lake ridge.- Todd Lake Ridge
  • More views of the Central Oregon Cascades.- Todd Lake Ridge
  • Broken Top (9,177 ft) and Ball Butte (8,090 ft).- Todd Lake Ridge
  • North aspects along Todd Lake ridge hold cold snow well after a storm.- Todd Lake Ridge
  • Incredible views in the Todd Lake backcountry.- Todd Lake Ridge
  • Todd Lake backcountry.- Todd Lake Ridge
  • Little AK holds steep chutes and big cliffs.- Todd Lake Ridge
  • Skin track through a stand of old-growth hemlock.- Todd Lake Ridge
  • Skinning up for another round.- Todd Lake Ridge
  • Todd Lake backcountry.- Todd Lake Ridge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Variety of terrain. Old-growth. Dry snow. Great views.
Cons: 
Parking can be difficult.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Sno-Park Parking Permit
Vertical Drop: 
700.00 ft (213.36 m)
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
6,400 ft (1,951 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Snow (1–2 in.) starting in the afternoon.
36°F
31°

Mon

Mixed precipitation (2–4 in. of snow) throughout the day.
42°F
31°

Tue

Light rain starting in the afternoon.
45°F
25°

Wed

Mixed precipitation throughout the day.
44°F
31°

Thu

Light snow (under 1 in.) throughout the day.
40°F
29°

Fri

Flurries in the morning.
45°F
30°

Sat

Flurries overnight.
57°F
30°
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Todd Lake ridge sits northwest of Mount Bachelor and rises a modest 700 feet above Todd Lake. The shaded east and northeast aspect is popular among backcountry skiers, and it holds Central Oregon's dry snow long after a storm.

The approach is a straightforward 2-mile skin along the Todd Lake cross-country ski trail. Once you reach the wilderness boundary on the south end of the lake, skin along the west side of the lake and begin uphill travel through the gentle glades.

The longest runs drop a modest 700 vertical feet, which is long enough to be able to enjoy the ride down but short enough to lap all day. As you approach from Todd Lake, skin up the gentle glades on the south end of the ridge. These glades are great for laps. Alternately, if you're looking for something more adventurous, continue along the ridge. As you work north and northeast you'll notice the lines go from tight and steep tree skiing to fun mini-golf cliff lines called "Little AK."  Be aware these areas slide often and can be very wind loaded.

 

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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