Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
2,096.00 ft (638.86 m)
Trail type
31.30 mi (50.37 km)
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This route encompasses a 31-mile loop from Cultus Lake to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and back, incorporating several trails including Many Lakes Trail, Deer Lakes Trail, and Winopee Lake Trail. It promises a captivating journey through the picturesque wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

Beginning at Cultus Lake, adventurers are greeted by the tranquil beauty of the alpine lake, encircled by majestic conifers and rugged mountain peaks. Initially traversing dense forests, the trail gradually ascends into the mountains, revealing open meadows adorned with vibrant wildflowers during the warmer months. Sweeping panoramas of the surrounding peaks, including the awe-inspiring Three Sisters and Mount Bachelor, await along the way.

Nature enthusiasts may encounter a diverse array of wildlife, from elusive deer and cascading waterfalls to the occasional soaring bald eagle. Upon reaching the Pacific Crest Trail, hikers are treated to breathtaking vistas of the Cascade Range, offering a profound sense of grandeur and solitude amidst untouched wilderness and rugged terrain.

The Many Lakes Trail #15 winds through the Three Sisters Wilderness, meandering past ancient forests, intriguing rock formations, and scenic lakes. Meanwhile, the Deer Lakes Trail provides a relatively easy path through shady forest canopies, popular among mountain bikers and equestrians.

For those venturing into the Three Sisters Wilderness via designated trails, specific permits are required between June 15 and October 15. Overnight visitors must obtain a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit, while day-use visitors can acquire a free, self-issue Wilderness Permit available at the trailhead. More information is available on or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Before embarking on this adventure, be sure to explore CULTUS LAKE RESORT, offering additional amenities and services for a memorable outdoor experience in the heart of the Cascades.


The Cultus Lake area and its associated trails are typically accessible year-round, but conditions can vary depending on weather and seasonal changes. While the trails may remain open for hiking, snow accumulation during winter months can make certain routes impassable without appropriate gear and experience. It's essential to check current trail conditions and weather forecasts before planning a visit, particularly in colder months.

As for Cultus Lake itself, it generally remains open year-round for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and camping. However, access to certain facilities and amenities may be limited during the off-season or in inclement weather. It's advisable to confirm the lake's operational status and any associated regulations with local authorities or the managing agency before your visit.

  • The Cultus Lake Resort is only open seasonally.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round





Serene Forests. Peak bagging opportunities. Alpine lakes.


Some areas may require advanced planning and pemrits.

Trailhead Elevation

4,705.00 ft (1,434.08 m)

Highest point

6,071.00 ft (1,850.44 m)


Backcountry camping
Near lake or river
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required


Permit self-issue on site




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