Three Sisters Falls
ElevationAscent: 967' 295 m
Descent: -963' -294 m
High: 2,925' 891 m
Low: 1,975' 602 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 72% (36°)
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“An iconic out-and-back route with steep, loose sections to the beautiful Three Sisters Falls.”— Ian Stenehjem
From the parking area, head west on the wide fire road for just under two-thirds of a mile as you begin to head downhill. At the end of the fire road, turn south onto the clearly-travelled singletrack trail that heads southeast down the face of the canyon.
This trail will continue to sidehill along the contours of the canyon getting steeper the further you go. Continue on new trail past pink ribbon. This delivers you to middle sister without the scramble through the creakbed. When on the new trail, as you get near the falls/stream bed the trail becomes difficult to follow. Look for pink ribbons tied on shrubs that indicate the trail.
The larger upper falls has the best swimming in dryer weather. You can scramble up to larger falls from end of established trail, after crossing to south side. The route is behind oak tree. There is a rope there, but I wouldn't trust it.
From the falls, head back the way you came to return to the trailhead.
Land Manager: USFS - Cleveland National Forest Office