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Pole Creek Burn Area

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

When you enter the burn area there's a sign with map posted. "You are here" is the South edge of the burn area on the Green Lakes Trail. (Jerry Adams)
On the South edge of the Green Lakes Trail is this lake. Half of the area around the lake is burned. You can camp on the unburned half. (Jerry Adams)

There is a section of trail on the East side of the Three Sisters that has been impacted by the 2012 Pole Creek fire. Inside the burn area, you can walk through just fine, but there's no camping or off trail.

There's a section of trail East of Park Meadow.

Most of the area is on the Green Lakes Trail and the Camp Lake Trail from the Pole Creek Trailhead.

On the South edge of the burned area on the Green Lakes Trail is this small lake. Half of the area around the lake is unburned. You can camp on this unburned part. You can get drinking water from the lake.

Then it's 3 miles to the Camp Lake junction. The stream there is good for drinking. You can go up the Camp Lake Trail about 1.5 miles to get out of the burn zone to camp.

It's another 3.4 miles on the Green Lakes Trail to this finger of unburned area. There are a bunch of places there you could camp.

Alder Creek is another mile. It has drinking water but dries up late in the season, maybe mid September.

The North edge of the burn area is another mile. There's probably some place you could camp but no drinking water.

Scott Pass and South Mathieu Lake are in another 3.2 miles, the first goo camp spot.

It's rare to be able to walk through a burn area so soon after the fire. There's a certain beauty. The recovery process is interesting. Maybe consider this an opportunity.

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