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Collier Glacier in Central Oregon is a Fabulous Destination

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

We have hiked in the Three Sisters Wilderness many times and have always enjoyed our experience.  However, accessing views of Collier Glacier can be a bit of a challenge. Located in the saddle between North and Middle Sister, Collier Glacier views, on the north edge of Collier Cone, are obtained after a seven and a half mile hike from Lava Camp Lake Trailhead through Matthieu Lakes or the Obsidian Trailhead. While only 1/2 mile off the Pacific Crest Trail, to reach the edge of Collier Cone involves a scramble up a steep pumice hill, but once you arrive, the setting is spectacular with the glacial lake and towering vistas of North and Middle Sister and Little Brother.  We hiked this trail 7-15-23 during one of the hottest days of the year. Although we started the hike early, it took almost 8 hours to complete it and much of the trail was exposed to the sun in lava fields or burned forest. However, there were beautiful shaded areas near Matthieu Lakes and our experience was wonderful. We brought a lot of water and enjoyed refilling a water container at Minnie Scott Spring where water can be seen percolating through the small stones. The total hike was over 15 miles and over 2500 feet of elevation gain.

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Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A 15-mile hike in high heat would be difficult but to complete the hike and get the views you offer in the photos would be worth the time and effort. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 18, 2023 06:44 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So much beauty in your area, I love reading about your hikes and the photos that you share with us!

Jul 19, 2023 04:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a beautiful sight, Lynnea. 15 miles! I am so impressed with your tenacity in doing these hikes.

Jul 19, 2023 05:21 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net



Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a follower. I would love the follow back. Bill

Jul 19, 2023 05:22 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Bill Salvatore - East Valley - Thank you for following me.  I do follow you as well.

Jul 19, 2023 08:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lynnea:

What amazing scenery  - the photos are wonderful. Thank you for taking us along.

My back would never withstand a 15-mile hike even a flat one!


Jul 20, 2023 05:42 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this experience and your photographs.

Jul 21, 2023 04:39 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lynnea Miller - Your photos are gorgeous! They remind me of the years I hiked the Swiss Alps in Switzerland. They are all great views but like in Switzerland there is something very, very special about enjoying a Glacier View! You are very lucky to sell in an area where the views and the hiking are among the best in the world. 

Jul 22, 2023 03:31 PM