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Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness

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  • Small meadow at the trailhead across from Devils Lake.- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • - Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • August snow pack on the trail.- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • Snack spot.  View looking east of Broken Top (9,177').- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • Snack spot with friends.- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • View looking back southeast toward Mount Bachelor (9,068').- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • View north of the South Sister (10,358').- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • View north of the South Sister (10,358').- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • Paintbrush emerging after the snow melt.- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • View of Moraine Lake and South Sister (10,358').- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • Panoramic view of Moraine Lake and South Sister (10,358').- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
  • A hiker takes in the view of South Sister reflecting in Moraine Lake.- Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Vistas of Three Sisters Wilderness. Backcountry campsites.
Cons: 
Heavily used area.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,480.00 ft (1,670.30 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Moraine Lake sits nearly half way up the South Sister and is a perfect goal for a day hike into the Three Sisters Wilderness.  The lake lies at the base of the Lewis Glacier moraine. Like many alpine lakes, Moraine Lake stays frozen for several months a year.  The trail to the lake can also be packed with snow as late as August, especially in the areas shaded by mountain hemlock.

At 1.5 miles you'll reach an intersection that is an ideal break spot.  Turn right to head toward Moraine Lake or continue straight to climb an additional 200 feet for the view above the lake.  From this vantage point you will have an impressive view of Moraine Lake and Broken Top to the east, the entire Cascade Lakes region, and views as far south as Diamond Peak and Mount Thielsen.

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