Hike Tam McArthur Rim in Fall for a Different Experience

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

One of Central Oregon's more popular summer hikes in the Three Sisters Wilderness, we decided to hike Tam McArthur Rim 11-27-21 a few days after the first snow of autumn had fallen.  Three Creeks Lake had icy sections and only one other couple started the hike just a few minutes before us. 

We began our hike utilizing microspikes as the trail was icy and the added gripping security microspikes offer enabled us to quickly climb the initial miles of the hike. The snow deepened as we climbed and the trail became less obvious.  However, we were able to follow the tracks of the couple who started the hike just before us, trusting that they knew where they were going.  

The hike to Tam McArthur Rim levels out near the summit into an open meadow.  On this hike the end of November, we found the wind really picked up here. The final push to the summit was through shin deep snow and while accomplishing the destination of the hike, the cloud cover dropped and our views of the Three Sisters and Broken Top were obscured. We had hoped to take the "unofficial" trail from the Rim to Broken Hand to add additional distance and views to our hike, but with the cloud cover so low and fearful that it would start snowing again, and with no tracks to follow, we returned the way we came. On the way down we passed a few hiking parties coming up. 

All in all, it was a fairly quick hike with a total of 5.3 miles in and back and 1246 feet of elevation gain. We hope to take more of these types of hikes, weather permitting, as we enter winter.

Tam McArthur Rim Tam McArthur Rim

Tam McArthur Rim

Original blog can be read at Bend Premier Real Estate's blog page.

Comments (11)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lynnea, wow, lots more snow than we have seen, and beautiful terrain to go for a hike.  Those views are crazy!  

Dec 14, 2021 04:19 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Joan Cox  This hike was over two weeks ago.  We had a heavy storm a couple of days ago and I am sure the terrain is totally different now - if you can even get to the trailhead as they close that road in winter.

Dec 14, 2021 04:22 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You do so many amazing hikes!  Such a beautiful place you live in and I know I would enjoy exploring there as well.  I don't know about hiking in the snow though.

Dec 15, 2021 05:23 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great post Lynnea! Makes me want to come take a hike with you there

Dec 15, 2021 10:07 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Many of us would love to join you for a hike like this.

Thanks for sharing your experience and your photographs.

Dec 15, 2021 10:26 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Brian England .  The snow adds a different perspective to our hikes and we really enjoy it. You are welcome to come and hike with us anytime.

Dec 15, 2021 11:07 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Oh Lynnea Miller - your story was like a great novel that I could read cuddled up by the fire and enjoy with a good cup of hot chocolate. You're a GREAT writer! Oregon was a state I always thought I could visit one day... I never heard of  Three Sisters Wilderness until you wrote this story that I was meant to read. Please, keep writing. I love the way you tell your story. Vicariously, I can be there too!

Dec 16, 2021 07:04 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lynnea and great to learn about all the hiking area that you do and love to past !

on to us here in the rain.  Hope Santa is good to you this year.

Dec 17, 2021 10:44 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Lynnea.

Best wishes to you and your family for a Very Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2022 05:20 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I will bet that trying the same trail now, with all of the snow that has fallen since your last trip to Tam McArthur Rim would be quite challenging...too much to handle without snowshoes and, maybe, overnight equipment.

Jan 05, 2022 05:22 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Great pictures Lynnea Miller . Looking at the hills I want to paraphrase Dorothy talking to Toto: "Toto, we're not in North Dakota any more". 😄

May 04, 2022 02:12 PM