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greenBlue Three Sisters Loop

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Trail

3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 526' 160 m
Descent: -525' -160 m
High: 7,741' 2,360 m
Low: 7,452' 2,271 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Kim Conner

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

Kim Conner

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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.

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Jun 1, 2019
Jenna Lindsey
We went between the parking areas, up Brother's Pass, and around Three Sister's Loop
Jun 1, 2019
Marc Mailloux
May 11, 2019
Megan Carrick
May 5, 2019
Courtney Pierre
Apr 26, 2019
Rinat Shagisultanov
Apr 19, 2019
Sarah Endres
Mostly easy trail, good for spring hiking. Not super impressive views or even sense of summiting, but still not a bad way to spend a morning. 3.8mi
Mar 24, 2019
Edgar Villeda
Good combination of clearings and forested areas. Bathrooms located throughout trail. Needed spikes and poles to make walk comfortable in late March.
Jan 27, 2019
Sara S.
Needed crampons 4mi

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  4.4 from 30 votes

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