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Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike

Three Sisters Wilderness

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike

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  • Stopping off at the Three Sisters Wilderness boundary and warning sign for limited entry area located roughly 0.5 miles up the trail.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Starting off through a thick forest of mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana). - Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Starting off through a thick forest of mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana). - Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Obsidian flow originating from the Collier Cone.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Obsidian flow originating from the Collier Cone.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • View of North Sister (left, 10,085 ft) and Middle Sister (right, 10,047 ft) from the Pacific Crest Trail.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Trail signage along the route.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Obsidian along the trail.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Obsidian sparkles as hikers travel south along the PCT.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Obsidian Falls, Three Sisters Wilderness.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Middle Sister (right, 10,047 ft) from the PCT.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • First glimpse of South Sister (10,358 ft) en route to Chambers Lakes.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Distant view south to Diamond Peak (8,743 ft).- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • En route to Eileen Lake.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Trail through forest dominated by mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana) between the PCT and Eileen Lake.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Linton Meadows on the west side of the Three Sisters, between Middle Sister (10,047 ft) and The Husband (right).- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • South Sister (10,358 ft) from Linton Meadow.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • - Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Trail signage along the route.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • View of Middle Sister (10,047 ft) from Eileen Lake.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Panoramic view east to the Three Sisters from The Husband (7,524 ft).- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • View north to Mount Washington (7,795 ft), Three Fingered Jack (7,844 ft) and Mount Jefferson (10,495 ft).- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • View north to Mount Washington (middle, 7,795 ft), Three Fingered Jack (left, 7,844 ft) and Mount Jefferson (right, 10,495 ft).- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Hanging out at camp near Eileen Lake.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • View of the Three Sisters near Eileen Lake.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • South Sister (10,358 ft) from near Eileen Lake.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Three Sisters from Eileen Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • Reflections in an hidden lake near Eileen Lake.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • View to South Sister (10,358 ft) from above Eileen Lake.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • View of The Husband (7,524 ft) from Eileen Lake.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
  • View to Middle Sister (10,047 ft) and South Sister (10,358 ft) from Eileen Lake.- Eileen Lake + The Husband Lake Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Subalpine landscape. Far less crowded than southeast side of Three Sisters.
Cons: 
Special limited entry area permit required.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,870.00 ft (569.98 m)
Parking Pass: 
Obsidian Limited Entry Area Permit
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
19.80 mi (31.86 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,780.00 ft (1,456.94 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Over the 19 miles of scenic hiking to Eileen Lake and The Husband Lake you will gain nearly 2,000 feet of elevation. A majority of the work is done from the start, rising from the trailhead up into the volcanic lava flows above. While the early and somewhat strenuous climb offers few views aside from the dense forest, you are rewarded at higher elevation with constant views of the Three Sisters as well as the occasional sighting of Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, and Mount Jefferson.

Once you crest the lava flows below the Three Sisters, the hiking is for the most part flat or rolling terrain. There are numerous large, flat plains, clear streams, Obsidian Falls, obsidian rock fields, and abundant wildflowers on the way to these high-elevation lakes. Given the amount of streams and lakes, this area is also notorious for dense mosquitoes. With an early or late season trip you may be lucky enough to avoid the pesky insects.

When it comes to camping, there are multiple campsites at both Eileen Lakes and Husband Lake. There are also various sites along the trial if all sites near the lakes happen to be full. Keep in mind that campfires are not allowed within 100 feet of water or trail anywhere within the wilderness area. Also, the weather in the Three Sisters is generally mild over the summer months, with temperatures commonly in the 70s and 80s. Due to the elevation, you will likely find snow covering the higher trails well into July.

For the statistical and history buff, the Three Sisters Wilderness came to be thanks to the National Wilderness Preservation System with the Wilderness Act of 1964. This designated wilderness area covers 281,190 total acres, which is covered by nearly 260 miles of trails - including a 40-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Note: The Obsidian Limited Entry Area Permit is required for all day-hikes and overnight camping in the restricted area along with a NW Forest Pass. Contact the McKenzie River Ranger Station at 541.822.3381 for more information.

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