Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?

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Susy
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Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?

Post by Susy » July 15th, 2019, 9:14 am

Hello,
Has anyone been on Three Sisters Loop yet this year? Still snowy, or is it passable now?
Thanks!

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Re: Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?

Post by Born2BBrad » July 16th, 2019, 7:06 am

This last weekend I did some hiking on trails around Broken Top. Some of those trails included part of the Three Sisters loop. There was significant snow in certain areas, requiring GPS navigational assistance. We passed a mother and daughter doing the entire loop, so people are doing it already. They were very prepared.
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Susy
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Re: Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?

Post by Susy » July 16th, 2019, 7:19 am

Thanks for the update!

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Re: Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?

Post by retired jerry » July 16th, 2019, 9:32 am

when I've done it in July, it was snowier on the west side, from Glacier Way to Wickiup plain

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Re: Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?

Post by retired jerry » July 16th, 2019, 9:37 am

a couple weeks from now would be better

then there'll be those awful biting flies :)

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Re: Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?

Post by Schrauf » July 16th, 2019, 7:21 pm

Reports on Portland Hikers and Reddit from trips in the last week have indicated ample snow (maybe 30% coverage?) on the west side in the area Retired Jerry mentions, but all very passable. Probably no ice axe needed but microspikes helpful if you hit steeper slopes in the morning when relatively solid.

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Re: Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?

Post by Susy » July 22nd, 2019, 8:26 am

Thanks, everyone!

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Re: Snow on Three Sisters Loop trails?

Post by RobFromRedland » July 22nd, 2019, 6:34 pm

I did the loop last week and the outer loop is mostly snow free - when you get above 6000' or so the snow gets deeper, but below that it is pretty sporadic and easy to cross. At Camp Lake there is still pretty significant snow however.

Bugs are rather prevalent pretty much everywhere (although we didn't feel them much at Camp Lake due to the snow). If there is no breeze or you are not moving they will eat you alive if you don't have spray on.
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Snow on the north side of Camp Lake - 7/14/2019
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