Three Creek Lake to Broken Top on 7/8/2017

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ssinfo503
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Three Creek Lake to Broken Top on 7/8/2017

Post by ssinfo503 » July 11th, 2017, 10:30 am

Left NW Portland at 4am and arrived at Three Creek Lake TH at 7:10am with an empty parking lot.
Hit the trail immediately and swamped by mosquitoes until above tree line.

Snow starts even before Three Creeks Lake overlook. Most part of the trail is still buried by snow.
I carried snowshoes with me but never put them on. The snow is hard packed with a soft layer.
Poles did help a lot when skirting the north side of Broken Hand. There is a very nice camp on the ridge between Broken Hand and Broken Top right before the saddle. It has a super nice view with a rock wall to block the strong wind.

I did not see any other sole on the way up to Broken Top and had No Name Lake for myself. Some tiny flowers start blooming. No Name Lake barely begins to melt with a nice blue color.

One the way down after passing Broken Hand, I run into a total of six people (two going down; four going up).

Just over 12 miles and 2200 feet EG.
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No Name Lake
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No Name Lake and Broken Top
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No Name Lake from south
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Paintbrush
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More flowers
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No Name Lake and some flowers
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No Name Lake
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Flowers and frozen No Name Lake
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Flowers and Broken Top
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Flowers on the Saddle
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A nice camp on the ridge with nice views
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Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt Washington
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Three Sisters again
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Tumalo Mountain, Mt Bachelor, Diamond Peak?
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Three Sisters
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Re: Three Creek Lake to Broken Top through Tam McArthur Rim

Post by ssinfo503 » July 11th, 2017, 10:34 am

This is my track:
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Re: Three Creek Lake to Broken Top on 7/8/2017

Post by cunningkeith » July 11th, 2017, 8:00 pm

That's a long day! I like the shots of the flowers, water, and snow. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Three Creek Lake to Broken Top on 7/8/2017

Post by Chip Down » July 12th, 2017, 4:26 am

That's some incredibly big scenery for such a little hike. Some of the best flowers-and-ice pics I've seen.

Amazing there are so few people there. I guess everybody's fighting the crowds at Eagle Creek or Dog Mountain or whatever.

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Re: Three Creek Lake to Broken Top on 7/8/2017

Post by sgyoung » July 13th, 2017, 12:07 pm

Those pictures are amazing. Really beautiful stuff here. I'm also impressed by how much snow is still there. It seems like the melt out is somewhat uneven, with some places on a fairly normal schedule and others still showing the effects of the winter's large snow pack.

Thanks for posting!

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Re: Three Creek Lake to Broken Top on 7/8/2017

Post by daver » July 14th, 2017, 12:35 pm

Stunning photos. Looks like an incredibly beautiful day!

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Re: Three Creek Lake to Broken Top on 7/8/2017

Post by romann » July 15th, 2017, 10:45 pm

Really like the pictures, No Name Lake is gorgeous. And Three Sisters look best with snow.

I hope to get back there again, and do the whole trail.

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Re: Three Creek Lake to Broken Top on 7/8/2017

Post by ssinfo503 » July 17th, 2017, 8:33 am

Thanks a lot, guys. This has become one of my favorites (Broken Top, Canyon Creek Meadow/Three Fingered Jack, Jefferson park, Silver Star, to name a few) that I go every year.

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