We have hiked to Green Lakes many times over the years. The 4.5 miles to the lake posted on the forest service sign by the trail head we believe is to the first lake the trail reaches and not to the far lake which usually takes another 1/2 hour to 45 minutes of hiking. We have gone to the far lake often, but have never gone past that last lake until this year. The trail further into the Three Sisters Wilderness continues past the last Green Lakes, over the creek and up a hill. We decided to travel a short distance on this trail to see what we could find, having checked out a map noting a meadow and Golden Lake.
Most people traveling into the Three Sisters Wilderness will backpack in and camp, but with our early start, we just hiked in and out. Our initial short distance idea expanded a bit, but the hike to Golden Lake was well worth it. The trail led over snow patches, but once we reached the lake, the beauty of the yellow wildflowers, the stunning views of Broken Top, South Sister, Middle Sister and North Sister and the absolute privacy with no one else around was an experience we shall remember for years to come.
Original blog can be read at Bend Premier Real Estate.