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Three Sisters Loop

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 4.4 (36) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy, fun hike up to the Three Sisters and back.


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3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

Loop

7,741' 2,360 m

High

7,452' 2,271 m

Low

526' 160 m

Up

525' 160 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

On this hike, you'll enjoy beautiful meadow views as you hike through the trees and up to the Three Sisters landmark and back again.

Need to Know

When you get to the top, you're in the midst of the Three Sisters landmark.

Description

I left from the parking lot at the barn parking lot at coordinates 39.622772, -105.360191 (the address on the park website will not take you here). Take the Bluebird Meadow Trail, which is a raised meadow trail, nice and smooth, and turned left onto Homestead Trail / Bearberry Trail. Then stay right onto Bearberry Trail up into the woods. I continued to head uphill and past where Mountain Muhly Trail intersects back with Bearberry Trail.

Next, turn left onto Sister's Trail, which is a technical switchback leading up in between the Three Sisters themselves! Watch your footing and pause to look up at the sisters. When you reach the top, you're right in between the Middle Sister to the right and the North Sister to the left.

When you reach the bottom of the switchbacks, head left onto Hidden Fawn Trail, where it became nice and easy again. There's some really nice outcroppings and boulders in this area that are very picturesque and there is also some available climbing.

Stay straight onto Ponderosa Trail as you pass the main parking lot on the left. Heading west, this trail stays near the road and is a little harder than some of the previous areas, so watch your footing. Stay left onto the Silver Fox Trail and head left back to the barn, and there's a trail headed back that way to complete the loop.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of pine and aspen will provide shade, and cone flowers are plentiful in the spring. Keep an eye out for wandering deer and elk, and visitors in the early mornings or evenings might catch a sign of a mountain lion.

History & Background

The Three Sisters are three large rocks that from a distance look like three sisters standing together.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kim Conner

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Photos

Serious snow makes the Hidden Fawn Trail a little spicy!
Jan 10, 2017 near Evergreen, CO
View from Sister's Trail.
Aug 3, 2016 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
I love the woods in the winter; they're just beautiful!
Jan 10, 2017 near Evergreen, CO
The Upper Three Sisters Parking Area offers plenty of parking and meadow views, especially on bluebird days.
Jan 10, 2017 near Evergreen, CO

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Sep 20, 2020
Lauren Castaneda
1h 57m
Jul 13, 2020
Kathryn Clark
Got off track when Ponderosa Trail Ts. Directions say stay straight on Ponderosa but if you go straight you're taking Dedisse Park trail. 5.9mi — 2h 13m
Jun 21, 2020
Tim Regalia
Hiked with debbie and Jeff. Chester saw horses!
Jun 20, 2020
Sally Smith
Jun 14, 2020
Janet Lau
Jun 10, 2020
Renee King
May 17, 2020
Robert Lee
Mar 1, 2020
Bryan Michel