Hand Lake Shelter

Three Sisters from Hand Lake

The Three Sisters from Hand Lake

  • Easy (to shelter)
  • 1 mile round trip
  • 100 feet elevation gain
  • Open July through October
  • Use: hikers, horses

  • Easy (to old wagon road)
  • 2.6-mile loop
  • 200 feet elevation gain

If you have but one hour to spend in the Wilderness consider investing it here, because this short walk provides as much interest as a trek. In just 2.6 miles you’ll pass wildflower meadows, mountain views, a rustic shelter, a lake, a lava flow, and a historic portion of the old McKenzie Wagon Road. There’s even a short (but safe) trailless section to add a touch of adventure.

Start by driving …

Crossing the lava flow on the old wagon road

Hand Lake Shelter

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