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Moraine Lake Trail - No. 17.1

Contact Info
Deschutes National Forest
1230 NE 3rd St.
Suite A-262
Bend, OR 97701

Phone:
541-383-4000
Basics
Length:
6 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6050 feet
Elevation Range:
6050 feet to 6600 feet
Elevation Change:
550 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
June to Nov

Description

The Moraine Lake trail skirts the southern flank of South Sister from Fall Creek on the Green Lakes Trail to Wickiup Plains. Aligned above and below treeline, the trail passes lava flows, pumice plains, and Moraine Lake (an overused area to be avoided if possible). Various loops are possible, some requiring a short shuttle by car or bike to connect nearby trailheads. This trail is Closed to Bikes.

The trail is entirely in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. Wilderness Permits are required for both day-use and overnight travel in the Wilderness from Memorial Day Weekend until Oct. 31. Permits are available at the trailhead.

Around Moraine Lake use is extremely heavy and because this area is a very fragile alpine environment, requires special management. Camping at Moraine Lake is allowed in designated sites only, which are typically full by Friday evening each weekend. Campfires are not allowed. Hikers camping or passing through this area are strongly encouraged to stay on official trails. Avoiding busy weekends is advised.

Details

Length:
6 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6050
Elevation Range:
6050 feet to 6600
Elevation Change:
550
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
June to Nov

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

This trail is accessed by the Wickiup Plains Trail (#12.1), South Sister Climbers' Trail, or Green Lakes Trail (#17). Their respective trailheads are 29 and 27 miles west of Bend on Century Drive.


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