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Alderfer/Three Sisters Loop

Intermediate
 4.5 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful six-mile loop through the forest with a great high point for views.


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6.6

Miles

10.6

KM

Loop

8,161' 2,487 m

High

7,486' 2,282 m

Low

1,086' 331 m

Up

1,079' 329 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Overview

This route follows Evergreen Mountain Trail up to a wonderful lookout, then descends back to the parking lot, and climbs up Sister's Trail to Ponderosa Trail and then descends back to the parking lot again.

Need to Know

There are some sections with a lot of roots and rocks, so watch your ankles.

Description

From the trailhead, cross the road to Evergreen Mountain Trail. Follow this trail, climbing up Evergreen Mountain. After about a mile and a half, you'll reach a beautiful lookout to the southeast. From here, continue on the trail and you'll pass the summit trail, which leads to the summit of Evergreen Mountain and is only about a mile roundtrip.

The trail descends here and ends at a road. To get back to the parking lot, cross the road and continue on Ranch View Trail back to the bottom of Evergreen Mountain Trail.

Cross the road again past the parking lot and climb the steep Sister's Trail. It climbs up switchbacks past a bouldering area at the top before descending through the forest back down to the Ponderosa Trail. You'll pass many trail splits, so make sure to stay on Three Sister's Trail. It is very well marked. Take a right on Ponderosa Trail and climb up maybe 200 or so feet and then finish with a fun descent back to the parking lot.

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  4.5 from 20 votes

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Photos

View from Sister's Trail.
Aug 3, 2016 near Evergreen, CO
Looking southeast from Evergreen Mountain Trail.
Mar 30, 2015 near Evergreen, CO
Kids on the trail.
Aug 18, 2016 near Evergreen, CO
The Three Sisters outcropping is part of the North Sister.
Jan 10, 2017 near Evergreen, CO

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Nov 7, 2020
GLENDA LOGAN
Oct 11, 2020
Michelle Williams
This is a great easy trail with wonderful outlooks. Highly recommend adding on the Summit Trail. 8.2mi — 2h 59m
Sep 10, 2020
Emily Kay
Sep 5, 2020
Beth Barron
Rocky trail. Had to look down most of the time. Hard run. Would make a good hike. 6.8mi
Sep 5, 2020
David Barron
The Three Sisters Loop portion is a little easier to run. Other side is a bit rocker with shorter segments. Parking was filling by 7am. 9mi — 1h 40m
May 21, 2020
Gina G
May 16, 2020
Mike Sanders
May 10, 2020
Erin Lytwyn