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Tam McArthur Rim Hike

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  • Trailhead is right off Three Creeks Road.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • - Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • - Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • View of Three Creeks lake and surrounding peaks from the trail.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • A sign marks the end of the 2.5-mile hike to the rim. Middle and North Sister seen in the background.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • Broken Top (9,177 ft) from the rim.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • Little Three Creeks Lake seen from the top of the rim. Peaks from left to right: Mount Washington, Three Finger Jack, Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood and Mount Adams (if you squint).- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • View from the rim: Peaks from left to right: Middle Sister, North Sister, Mount Washington, Three Finger Jack, Mount Jefferson, and Mount Hood.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • View from the rim: Peaks from left to right: Middle Sister, North Sister, Mount Washington, Three Finger Jack, Mount Jefferson, and Mount Hood.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • View across the rim with Mount Jefferson on the left and Black Butte on the right.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • View of the rim and the Three Sisters.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • The Middle Sister and North Sister, with Little Three Creek Lake at right.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • View across the rim. From left to right: Broken Top (9,177 ft), South Sister (10,358 ft), Middle Sister (10,047 ft) and North Sister (10,085 ft).- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • View of the Three Sisters.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • Paintbrush creeping out of the rocks.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
  • Heavily smoked in, Three Fingered Jack (7,844 ft) and Mount Jefferson (10,495 ft) are barely visible.- Tam McArthur Rim Hike
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Pros: 
Great views. Camping nearby.
Cons: 
Access requires a long drive on forest roads.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.20 mi (8.37 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,520.00 ft (1,987.30 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If you want a beautiful place named after you, it doesn't hurt to have a role on the Geographic Names Board, where Lewis "Tam" McArthur was the secretary from 1916-1949. Tam McArthur Rim is an excellent introduction to the less popular portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness that is accessible from the town of Sisters. This gradual hike will lead to the cliff where you will get a panoramic view as far north as Mount Hood and more intimate views of Broken Top, the Three Sisters and Three Creek Lake.

If you would like to extend the hike into a multi-day trip, consider traversing the north side of Broken Top to wrap around to Green Lakes, or cut east to Camp and Chambers Lakes. Three Creek Lake is also a perfect basecamp for packing to Park Meadow.

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