VACATION DAY #4 – Three Sisters Wilderness Devil’s Lake TH to PCT & Beyond

Hike Distance: 10.9 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1002.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 1352 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 131447 feet

I’m very sorry for being so delinquent on creating trip reports for the remainder of this fabulous vacation. 😦  There were 6 total days and I will try to update the remaining two soon.

As you’ll see from the pictures it was a stellar bluebird day but it was early enough in the season to still have snow on the ground.  We parked at the Devil’s Lake TH and headed NW into a tunnel under the road.  We quickly entered the Three Sisters Wilderness and continued on the Elk Devils Trail.  After about a mile we veered right to head toward the PCT.  It was my intention to complete a small portion of the PCT that wasn’t completed on a previous hike.

As we ascended up the trail, toward the PCT, we walked right past the junction that led to the PCT because of a snow drift that covered the trail! haha  We looked at our map and spent 30 minutes trying to find a way to bushwack to the PCT, but failed.  We then backtracked and found that the trail continued on the other side of a large snow patch.  We finally made it to the PCT and completed the short PCT section. 🙂

Not having had enough hiking we returned along the PCT bypass trail and then turned onto a trail that leads to the Le Conte Crater Trail.  This trail was incredibly scenic and had stellar views of South Sister and a very large meadow!  We didn’t go very far but took plenty of pictures and soaked up the awesomeness!

We went out for dinner at the Sunriver Brewing Pub after our hike and had a great meal.  A truly wonderful vacation day that I’ll always remember. 🙂

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