Posted by: Kelly
April 17, 2012 |
Have you always wondered how the Three Sisters got their names and the history behind the magnificent mountains in Central Oregon? Our wonderful Donell at the front desk has done some research that she wanted to share with everyone!
The Three Sisters region was a volcanic center in the Pleistocene epoch, with eruptions from 600,000 - 700,000 to 170,000 years ago, an explosively active complex known as the Tumalo volcanic center. The Three Sisters are three volcanic peaks of the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range in Oregon, each of which exceeds 10,000 ft (3,048 m) in elevation. ...
Posted by: Kelly
August 4, 2011 |
If you want an epic adventure to liven up a dull day, Chush Falls is the perfect hike.
First, there’s a 30 minute drive from Sisters to the trailhead on gravel roads, full of the fun and fright of avoiding sharp rocks, fallen trees, and other cars. Take Elm Street south from Sisters toward Three Creeks Lake. Drive about 7 miles and turn right (west) on Forest Road 1514. Drive five miles to FR 1514-600 (this is where it gets rough) and follow it two miles to a T. Bear left to the Chush Falls Trail and an easy hike to the canyon rim. After you cross the bridge over Whychus Creek,...
The nice thing about climbing Black Butte is that the road puts you halfway up the mountain before you have to start walking. What would be an eight-mile round trip from the base becomes a four-mile round trip – which is doable between breakfast and lunch, or between lunch and dinner. Or, like my hike recently, between dinner and dark.
It takes only half an hour to reach the Black Butte trailhead from Sisters – which was fortunate because the sun was already dropping toward the cloudy horizon. The gravel road up the Butte is in good condition. Only the last half-mile or so require a bit of obstacle-dodging...