Three Creek Meadow Horse Camp

Sisters, Oregon

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photo credits: Charlie DeVoe

Trail Resources

www.Deschutes National Forest – Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp

Sisters Ranger District Office
Pine Street and HWY 20
Sisters, OR 97759
541-549-7700

”Revised Riding Central Oregon Horse Trails” by Kim McCarrel
”Trail Busters” by Josie Rusho

Trail Summary Data

  • General Trail Location: Central/Eastern Oregon
  • Average Trail Terrain: Mix
  • Total Trail Miles: 20+
  • Camping : Yes
  • Parking : Difficult
  • Restrooms : Yes
  • Potable Water : No

Description:
The Three Creek area is known for its beautiful view of the Sisters/Bend area and the Three Sisters Wilderness. The area features volcanic cinder cones and other volcanic landscapes. Some people like to come to this campground using it as a staging area to go into the Wilderness. Wildflowers and bugs abound in the Springtime!

Trail Type, Distance & Elevation:
The trail system in this area includes more than 20 miles of trails for your enjoyment. Side trails that extend your ride are plentiful. Trails can be completed as loops or out and back. Vehicle access to Park Meadow Trail head can be difficult -recommend parking at Three Creek Meadows Campground. Trails in this area include:

Park Meadow - 10 miles RT - Moderately Challenging Terrain
Golden Lake - 15.5 miles RT - Moderately Challenging Terrain
Tam McArthur Rim - 8 miles RT - Very Challenging Terrain (steep and rocky)
Three Creek Lake Loop - 5 Miles RT - Moderately Challenging Terrain

Trails are moderately challenging to very challenging. Some trail sections are quite steep and rocky and include switchbacks. Physical challenges include creeks and bridges.

Elevation 6,000 - 7,700 MSL.

For detailed directions, trail descriptions and maps see pg. 353 ”Revised Riding Central Oregon Horse Trails” by Kim McCarrel and pg 295 ”Trail Busters” by Josie Rusho

Season:
June – mid October. Very snow dependent. August is very popular, but September is better if the snow hasn't started to fall yet. Weather conditions can render some trails unsafe - check weather forecast and trail conditions before you ride.

Parking Access:
The sites in the Horse Camp are relatively tight for a horse camp, but the area is popular due to the beautiful rides available. Parking for 4-5 rigs is available in the day use area.

Camping & Corral Availability:
Horse camping in this area is available at the Three Creek Meadow Horse Camp. This campground offers opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, and fishing. There are 9 horse trailer/tent sites with 4 box stalls per site. Most sites are back in.

Facilities:
Vault Toilet. Stock Water but no potable water.

Rules & Regulations:
No reservations required - first come first served. Per night, per site fee is $14/first vehicle; $7/each additional vehicle. Two vehicles allowed per camping space. A permit is required to access the Wilderness area in the summer and a sno-park permit is also required for winter access. Camping in the meadow is absolutely prohibited.

Directions to Trailhead

From Sisters, travel 15.2 miles south on Forest Road 16 (Elm Street in Sisters). These driving directions are provided as a general guide only. User assumes all risk of use. Please consult the official Oregon highway map and check road conditions.

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  1. Charlie DeVoe says:

    Park Meadows Trail Report 8/12/2013 – The trail from the Three Creeks Meadow Horse Camp to about 1 mile from Park Meadow was extensively damaged during the 2012 Pole Creek Fire. The devastation is pretty amazing and makes for an interesting ride. In places grass is starting to grow back but in others it is still scorched earth.

    The trail itself is in good shape with only one or two downed logs that presented no real challenge to get around, or over. Once you hit Park Meadow the forest is as it always was, green and lush with beautiful views of the Sisters.

    We continued on to Golden Lake which sits between Park Meadow and Green Lakes. The trail off the main route from Park Meadows to Green Lakes is not on maps but is easy to find. About 1.5 miles from Park Meadow look to your left for a rock cairn and a well warn trail taking off up the hill. Golden lake is surrounded by green meadows and offers stunning views of Broken Top and the Three Sisters.

    Three Creeks Horse Camp to Golden Lake makes for a 17 mile out and back and is a fairly easy ride. It is wilderness area riding so remember to be prepared and always follow Leave No Trace ethics.

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