Snow Creek Meadows

August 21, 2005

We followed the Park Meadow Trail signs on Highway 16 south out of Sister and then parked along side the road close to the Snow Creek Ditch. For around an hour we walked on a very dusty trail on and below the Ditch until we came to the culvert with a headgate on one side. From there we crossed the creek and followed the trail to the meadow. After walking through the meadow, we caught a trail going up past the waterfalls. We ate lunch near the creek with a view of the meadow and northeast Oregon. From there, we hiked up to where Snow Creek bubbled out of the shale. A few of us filled our water bottles with the cold water. It was a short scramble up to the ridge where there were spectacular views of Broken Top, The Three Sisters, Three Finger Jack and Mt. Jefferson. A bit of cross country hiking on the rim with the views brought us to another connecting trail to the meadow and back to the cars. Where one parks their car to begin this hike is important. One wants to spend the least amount of time hiking on the ditch. We saw no other hikers. For backpacking, this meadow offers a variety of hiking alternatives in the Three Sisters Wilderness. This was Betsy’s third trip and we welcome her to the club.

Hikers were: Jim Fritz, Michael Graney, Jane Hackett (leader), Betsy Halprin, Janet Jacobsen and Richard Sundt.

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