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Broken Hand

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Looking up at Broken Hand from the trail to No Name Lake (bobcat)


Broken Hand is a rugged prominence on Broken Top's east ridge, which connects with Tam McArthur Rim. A scramble to the top offers views to the Three Sisters and north to Mount Jefferson. Broken Top looms large to the west, while the City of Bend sprawls to the east in the Deschutes River valley. Mount Bachelor dominates the southern view. Whychus Creek drains from snowfields just below Broken Hand to the north, and the various forks of Tumalo Creek finds their origins in the high alpine bowls to the south.

Broken Hand can be reached from Tam McArthur Rim or from the Broken Top Trailhead via No Name Lake.

A Broken Hand Peak in Colorado (13,573') is named after Thomas "Broken Hand" Fitzpatrick, an 1840s mountain man who injured his hand when a musket exploded as he was attempting to fire it. Since Fitzpatrick also scouted the Oregon Trail and had ventured to the Pacific Ocean via Oregon, it's possible this outcropping is also named after him.

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