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Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Small parking area at the trailhead for Lowder Mountain.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • California tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica) butterfly.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • The trailhead information sign.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • The trail to Lowder Mountain in the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • The trail to Lowder Mountain in the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • The trail to Lowder Mountain in the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Crimson columbine (Aquilegia formosa).- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Looking off into the distance from the trail.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • There are a few open meadows filled with wildflowers along the trail.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • The trail to Lowder Mountain in the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Wildflowers along the trail. - Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • The trail to Lowder Mountain through a meadow of wildflowers.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Ocean-spray (Holodiscus discolor).- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • The trail to Lowder Mountain in the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • The trail to Lowder Mountain in the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • The Three Sisters can be seen in the distance.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • The Three Sisters can be seen in the distance.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Black Butte. - Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Mount Jefferson.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Mount Washington.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • One of the Three Sisters.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • A small butterfly on an aster flower.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Aster.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • A lush meadow along the trail with some wildflowers.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • You never know who else is wandering in the woods.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • A deer in the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Lupine.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Lupine.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
  • Grouse.- Lowder Mountain via Upper Trailhead
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildflowers. Great views. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Parts of the trail are overgrown.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
900.00 ft (274.32 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,640.00 ft (1,414.27 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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From the Upper Trailhead, it’s just over 2 miles to the summit of Lowder Mountain in the Three Sisters Wilderness. This flat-topped mountain may seem unimpressive at first, but looking toward the horizon you can spot several peaks of the Cascade Range in the distance including the Three Sisters, Mount Washington, Mount Jefferson, Diamond Peak, and even Mount Hood.

Wildflowers are a highlight of the hiking in this area. Blooms start in late spring and continue into summer. Also, keep an eye out for wildlife in the area, both along the trail and the road leading up to the trailhead.

The trail is a series of switchbacks through the forest with the occasional opening into a wildflower-filled meadow. Parts of the trail are overgrown because of the lack of use, but they are still easy enough to follow. For a longer hike, continue on Lowder Mountain Trail to the Lower Trailhead, about 5 miles. The trail also connects with the Walker Creek Trail near the summit, but there are no trail markers or signs. It is overgrown due to its lack of use and is difficult to follow.

The trailhead has a small parking area, self-issued permits, and information about the area.

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