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Tamolitch Pool Trail

Cascadia, OR

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This short portion of the McKentrail takes you to the beautiful turquoise Tamolitch Pool, also known as Blue Pool. Beginning of this easy hike is through old growth Douglas fir forest. As the McKenzie river falls away you walk along the cliff. Eventually you come upon an old lava flow.

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Squaw Creek Falls
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33 Completed 8 Reviews

Absolutely beautiful! Really easy hike to get to the base of the falls. You can scramble up the rocks on the left side of the falls and go to the top where you have incredible views all around and complete solitude as there is no trail so there is never anyone up there.

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Black Crater Trail
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13 Completed 1 Reviews

My sister and I did this hike in July of last year. The views were superb throughout the entire trail. There were lots of fallen trees over the trgail, but the hike was well worth it. I would recommend this trail to anyone.

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Black Crater Trail
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5 Completed 3 Reviews

I went up to black crater on a cloudy and windy August day. I had to play hide-and-seek with the low clouds to experience some of the amazing views; I was alone at the summit for about 45mn and could take shelter from the westerly winds in the alcoves both knolls provide at the top (assuming the direction of the wind is right :-) ). Waiting for breaks in the fast moving clouds to see North Sister reveal itself could have been frustrating; it turned out to be quite a magical experience instead. Now.. I would not mind going back on a bright and sunny day... and I will.
I started around 9AM and (as mentioned above) got the summit for myself until I started back down around noon, at which time a small crowd was forming at the top. All said and done, by the time I reached the parking lot, I had crossed path with an estimated 50 hikers going up.

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Tam McArthur Rim
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46 Completed 2 Reviews

Great day hike, beautiful views the whole way. Although there are several steep grades along the way, overall, it's a fairly easy trek. Go early and avoid the crowds, as this is a popular hike.

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Black Crater Trail
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

I did this hike on a nice day in July. The trail wasn't too difficult, but look out for a lot of downed trees that make it a little harder to find the trail. Also, when we went there was a pretty good amount of snow, which made it difficult to stay on trail at the top.

Amazing views though! Totally recommend this.

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Matthieu Lakes
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12 Completed 1 Reviews

Good but not spectacular. Easy to get to from Sisters. I recommend following Tru Denton's instructions to the trailhead.

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Squaw Creek Falls
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The road and trail are good to the first of the three water falls. To the next two falls the trail dose disappears now and again keep the creek close you should have no trouble finding your way. The best is the last. It was a great hike with friends

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Green Lakes Trail #17
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Amazing spot- great scenery and lakes are pristine. Tough going in after a long night in downtown Bend but a quick hike out.

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Broken Top Loop Trail
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13 Completed 10 Reviews

This was my first backpacking experience. We started just north of Three Creek Lake at the Park Meadows trail head. The first 4-5 miles are fairly level as you walk through the remains of a forest fire from 2012. Very surreal. You can get glimpses through the burned out trees of the Three Sisters which you wouldn't get if the trees were alive. 8-9 miles in made it to our first stop for the night, Green Lakes campground. On the way we did a 1 mile side trip to Golden Lake which was very beautiful. Green lakes is pretty too as it sits right below South Sister. Unfortunately the mosquitoes were very aggressive here.
Day two led us south on the western side of the mountain and then we turned east between Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor. After 4-5 miles we had a decision to make; either continue east/south east and loop around Ball Butte or cut north through a gap in the hills towards the mountain and shave off 5-6 miles. We decided on the latter and I'm glad we did. You go up and down several ridges and find yourself in the bowels of the mountain. There are several snow fields to cross. At the top of one ridge you can bear left and go up to see the glacier lake and a nice view from the rim. After that we made our way back down and skirted Broken Hand to the south and east. I guess there is a trail high up on Broken Hand but instead of climbing we went more to the east and around multiple ridges making our own trail. We tried cutting north as much as possible to catch the Tam McCarther trail but were unable to find it before the sun started to set. Made camp in a stand of trees and melted snow for water since there were no creeks in this area at all. Awesome rise and setting of the super moon this weekend. Sunday we started out again looking for the trail and found it only about a quarter mile away...so close. Glad we didn't try to make it down the night before. The decent was about another four miles and parts were very steep. Overall we did roughly 24 miles in 45 hours-start to finish.

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Tam McArthur Rim
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106 Completed 61 Reviews

awesome hike. if you have fair skin(like me) you may want to be bring sin screen. there's not a lot of shade.
the trail is easy to follow.

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