Deschutes National Forest
These trails begin at the Upper Three Creek Lake Sno-Park located near the junction of Forest Roads 16 and 1620. Snowmobilers and skiers travel the same route to the junction of Roads 700 and 16. From here snowmobilers proceed onto Road 16 and skiers onto Road 700.
Road 16 is not plowed on a scheduled basis and at times access may be limited to the lower Sno-Park. While there are no marked routes from the lower Sno-Park, the Forest Roads to the east make good ski routes. Roads 1624 and 590 can be used for a nice trip.
The snowline is generally about ten miles south or uphill from Sisters. Always carry chains when driving on Road 16!
Traveling south or uphill on the Three Creek Lake Trail system eventually leads to Ian McArthur Rim in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. Nordic trails are not marked in wilderness areas and using a map and compass is advisable.
Volunteers Nancy and Warren Seaward provided assistance in the layout of this trail system.
Begins 0.7 mile south of the Sno-Park
This trail begins about 0.7 mile up Road 700 from the Sno-Park. It is located on parts of the Metolius-Windigo horse trail and Roads 710 and 740. This is the shortest and easiest loop with a total round-trip distance of 2.6 miles from the Sno-Park. Always follow the blue diamonds even though yellow diamonds may also be present along the horse trail.
Begins 1.2 miles south of the Sno-Park
This loop trail begins about 0.5 mile beyond Warren's Loop and is slightly more difficult. It is located partially on Roads 745 and 740. Round-trip distance from the Sno-Park is 2.6 miles.
Snow Creek Trail
Begins 4.7 miles south of the Sno-Park
The Snow Creek Trail is located on a portion of the Metolius-Windigo horse trail or Trail No. 99. It starts about 4.7 miles up the Three Creek Lake Trail at the junction with Trail No. 99. It offers more challenge with varied terrain and views of the Three Sisters. It roughly parallels parts of Snow Creek and the Snow Creek Ditch. You will tie in with Nancy's Loop on the north end. Total round-trip distance from the Sno-Park is about nine miles. Follow the blue diamonds even though yellow diamonds will also be present along the horse trail.
Three Creek Lake Trail
Begins at the junction of Forest Roads 16 and 700 by the Sno-Park
This nordic trail is located primarily on Road 700 and provides access to Warren's Loop, Nancy's Loop, Snow Creek Trail, and Three Creek Lake. It provides a pleasant travel route roughly parallel to the Snowmobile Trail on Road 16. The climb is long and steady, the scenery near Three Creek Lake is beautiful, and the return trip is mostly downhill. Use extra caution after junctioning onto Road 16. This portion of the trail is a "shared corridor" used by both skiers and snowmobilers.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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