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Three Creek Lake Nordic Trails

Beginning Elevation: 5,200 Feet (1620.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,600 Feet (498.8 Meters)
High Point: 6,800 Feet (2119.7 Meters)
Length: 3 to 12 Miles Depending on loops
Time, Round Trip: 2 to 8 Hours


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General Description

Three Creek Lake Trail: This Nordic trail is located on the 700 road and provides access to Warren's Loop, Nancy's Loop, Jeff View Shelter, Jeff View Loop, Snow Creek Ditch Trail and Three Creek Lake. the 3/4 of a mile climb from the Sno-Park is the most difficult section which is long and steady with occasional flat sections. Once you reach the top of the grade the remainder of the trail is easier. The scenery and views are beautiful and the return trip is mostly downhill. A ski shelter is tucked in the trees north of the trail 2 1/2 miles from the Sno-Park. On a clear day one can enjoy views of Black Butte and Mount Jefferson. Upper portion of the trail on road 16 area a "shared corridor with snowmobiles and cross country skiers.

Warren's Loop: Distance around the loop is 1.7 miles. This loop is moderately difficult with alternating short steep pitches and flat sections. After leaving the Sno-Park ski up forest road 700 for about three quarters of a mile. At the top of the hill 100 yards past the sharp right turn is a junction and the start of the loop. The loop is located on parts of the Metolius Windigo trail, Roads 710 and 740. This is the shortest loop in the Three Creek Lake Nordic system. Always follow the blue diamonds even though yellow diamonds may be present along the trail.

Nancy' s Loop: The distance around this loop is 1.5 miles. This loop begins about 1/2 mile beyond Warren's loop and is slightly less difficult. The terrain is flatter, however, the loop is longer. Again there may be some yellow diamonds along the trail, always follow the blue diamonds.

Jeff View Loop: This one mile trail traverses west from Jeff View Shalter then drops down a slope hill through an opening and onto an old logging road that heads back to the east where it intersects with Nancy's Loop.

Snow Creek Trail: This trail is located on portions of the Metolius Windigo and starts 4.7 miles up the Three Creek Lake trail at the junction of forest road 16 and the road leading to the Park Meadow trailhead. It offers more challenge with varied terrain and views of the Three Sisters. The trail parallels part of the Snow Creek ditch then Snow Creek before turning northeast along the Metolius Windigo trail. Near the north end you will tie with Nancy's Loop. The total round trip distance from the snow park up Three Creek Lake trail and down the Snow Creek trail is about 9 miles. Follow the blue diamonds even though you may see yellow diamonds along the horse trail.

Three Creek Lake also offers snowmobiling as a winter recreational activity. Winter is a beautiful time of year in Central Oregon and snowmobiling is a active means of enjoying it. The Three Creek Lake area offers many opportunities for snowmobiling. From the Sno-Park one can proceed north or south on the cross-district snowmobile route; the southern route will eventually lead to Elk Lake, (23.8 miles) while the northern route will lead to the McKenzie Pass (18.9 miles) and eventually to the Santiam Recreation Area (30.7 miles).
Road #16 is not plowed on a scheduled basis, and at times access may be limited to the lower Sno-Park. The snow line is generally about 10 miles south or uphill, from Sisters. Always carry chains when driving on Road #16. All snowmobile routes are marked with orange diamonds; blue diamonds are used to mark ski trails.

Directions from Sisters: Travel south on Three Creek road (Forest Road #16) for 11 miles to the Upper Three Creek Nordic Sno-Park. Road 16 is not plowed on a regular basis and at times access is limited. Portions of the road are steep, narrow and may require tire chains or traction devices. Oregon Sno-Park permits are required at all snow parks on Three Creek road. On busy weekends use the Nordic parking area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Early Winter through Late Winter .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing
Yes



Related Activities
Metolius-Windigo Horse Trail - This intermittent National Recreation Trail is primarily for horse and pack horse use. A portion of it connects with Trail #45 (Oldenberg Lake) to provide a continuous horseback route along Crescent Lake and then to Windigo Pass.

Three Creek Lake Campground - Located on Three Creek Lake this campground offers ten campsites with a vault toilet and access to fishing and trails.

Three Creek Meadow Campground - The camp is located on the edge of a large meadow. This is a very sensitive area and users of the camp are urged to help protect this special area by keeping vehicles. NO CAMPING IN THE MEADOW.



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Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

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