Four-In-One Cone

North and Middle Sister from Four-In-One Cone

  • Moderate
  • 9 miles round trip
  • 1500 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-July through October
  • Use: hikers, horses

When Captain Felix Scott led the first wagon train through the McKenzie Pass area in 1862, he blazed a sinuous route across an alien volcanic landscape of cinder cones and lava flows beside North Sister. This hike traces his footsteps, following the Scott Trail to a viewpoint atop the crater rim of four connected cinder cones. If you have the energy to hike 0.8 mile further, you can picnic in a meadow with one of Oregon’s best lupine displays.

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This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.

Scott Trail junction with the PCT