Summary: From the Three Creeks Lake trailhead you follow a winding switch back single track trail up the mountain out of the tree line, which tops out on the "Tam McArthur Rim" with a great view of Broken Top Mountain and the valley below. You then hike along the rim through a snow field (at least into August) and onto MAC rim at 7732 ft el. From here you have a great view all the way around. This is my turn-around point, though the trail does continue on for an approx 2 more miles. There are some steep drop-offs, so don't let young kids roam unattended (see photos)
Trailhead: Follow Hwy 20 east from I-5 to Sisters, Oregon. Take a right on Elm Street which turns into Three Creeks Lake Road as it leaves town. Follow this road till it ends at Three Creeks Lake. There you'll need a "wilderness pass" to park at the marked trailhead called "Tam McArthur Rim" trail. There is a port-a-john available. This point follow the single track up the hill. After the hike you take a swim or soak in the lake which has a nice "beach" area. (Lat:44.2334 Lon:-121.5664)
Trail Guides for Tam McArthur Rim:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: US Forest Service
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Craig Cole, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Lila on 10/21/2010
Loved this hike and the changes along the path from rocky to dirt trail to boulders, etc... Sunny and clear day. Couldn't believe the views. I felt this hike was moderate to strenuous. Definitely want to return with friends.
Reviewed by JDP on 9/26/2010
My wife, dog and I hiked it on Saturday, Sept 25th. The trails are in great shape, not marked by easy enough to follow. Took the trail from the eastern edge of Tam McCarther rim West by S/W to the western edge of the rim and were amazed at the undiscribable view west towards the 3 sisters and broken top. It has some steap inital trails in first 45 minutes, but levels off to flat and slight rolling inclines. Take extra water. It's a great time. The trail was being enjoyed by hikers from 5 - 70 years of age.
Reviewed by RLD on 8/14/2010
what a great hike,not as bad a walk as some let on, semi steep trail but very managable
Reviewed by Clifton on 7/9/2010
Went about a week ago, two to three feet of snow but I stayed mostly on top without snow shoes. The view this time of year is breath taking and amazing. The route is simple even in the snow. You should have no trouble getting up and even more fun going down.
Reviewed by Jim on 9/19/2009
Always great exercise with an interesting trail, ice fields to slide in, great views, and change in terrain. I have done the trail about 25 times over the years, and always look forward to doing it again.
Reviewed by Cody on 4/13/2009
I hiked this one awhile ago but it still reamins the most beautiful hike of all!
Reviewed by Deven on 9/2/2008
Fantastic views for relatively little effort. I'd say this is more of a moderate hike and not strenuous but I live in Bend so I don't have the elevation concerns to deal with that someone from the valley may have.
Reviewed by Aaron on 8/11/2008
The views were spectacular! The trail was tremendous! Overall amazing!
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