Broken Top

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • View of Fall Creek near the trailhead.- Broken Top
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  • Cobwebby paintbrush (Castilleja arachnoidea).- Broken Top
  • View of Broken Top (9,177') from the Soda Creek Trail.- Broken Top
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  • Meadow of lupine (Lupinus).- Broken Top
  • View of South Sister (10,358') and Green Lakes.- Broken Top
  • View of South Sister (10,358') and Green Lakes.- Broken Top
  • View of South Sister (10,358').- Broken Top
  • View looking up toward Broken Top's summit (9,177').- Broken Top
  • View looking up toward Broken Top's summit (9,177').- Broken Top
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  • View looking down Broken Top's northwest ridge toward the Three Sisters.- Broken Top
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  • Fall Creek Falls.- Broken Top
  • Broken Top and Green Lakes.- Broken Top
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  • Basecamp at Green Lakes.- Broken Top
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  • View north of the neighboring cascades.- Broken Top
  • Looking up towards Broken Top's summit.- Broken Top
  • View north toward North Sister, Mount Washington, Three Fingered Jack + Mount Jefferson.- Broken Top
  • View down Broken Top's north face toward Golden Lake and Park Meadow.- Broken Top
  • Looking up towards Broken Top's summit.- Broken Top
  • View south to another climbing friend.- Broken Top
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  • Traversing around Broken Top's summit block.- Broken Top
  • The Three Sisters from Broken Top summit, 9,177 ft.- Broken Top
  • The Cascade Peaks from Broken Top.- Broken Top
  • Fantastic views of the Three Sisters from Broken Top.- Broken Top
  • The Three Sisters from Broken Top.- Broken Top
  • Green Lakes looking quite blue, with South Sister beyond.- Broken Top
  • Fall Creek is the dividing line between lush foliage and obsidian-laden lava flow.- Broken Top
  • Mount Bachelor looms in the distance beyond Broken Top's alternate summit.- Broken Top
  • Jagged ridgelines on the east side of Broken Top.- Broken Top
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views of Three Sisters. Backpacking options at Green Lakes.
Cons: 
Lots of scree.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Recommended Equipment:
Harness / rope / anchors, Harness / rope / anchors, Additional ice tools
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade II
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,695.00 ft (1,126.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
12.00 mi (19.31 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,480.00 ft (1,670.30 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The glacially eroded Broken Top looms in the shadow of the South Sister.  A number of options for a summit approach are available from the Green Lakes trailhead.  A longer, less traveled trail leads to the east toward Todd Lake and winds through pockets of wildflowers. The crater towers over the eastern route as the trail swoops below the south face of the bowl and offers breathtaking views of the razor sharp teeth that define the dramatic form of the stratovolcano. Navigating through the fields of lupine one arrives at Green Lakes, where the cool water can bring relief to aching feet after a long day. The leisure climber can camp in one of the designated campsites around the lake and watch the reflection of South Sister dissolve as the sun dips behind the ridge and night falls.

The summit trail begins with a sharp incline, and the trail quickly erodes into crumbly basalt.  From the northwest ridge the trail rises above the tree line and gains views of the steep, snow covered northern slopes. From here you'll have views of the Three Sisters as they march north toward Mount Jefferson in the distance. The trail transforms into a wall of rock as the route nears the summit, with a short technical climb followed by an exposed traverse to the top that provides climbers with breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountain Range. Be sure to bring a rope for the technical section and a small climbing rack to protect the traverse to the summit.

Note: For more climbing information, contact the Sisters Ranger Station at 541.549.7700.

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