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Sisters Ranger District

Mt. Jefferson Wilderness- The most popular entry points are Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 and Summit Trail #4041. Mt. Jefferson is the dominant feature of this High Cascades area, along with Three Fingered Jack (7,841').
Mt. Washington Wilderness- Mt. Washington rises above 75 square miles of lava-strewn plains. This is a geological wonderland which includes Belknap Crater, a 6,872 foot cinder and ash volcanic cone.
Three Sisters Wilderness- The dominant figures in this wilderness, the Three Sisters and Broken Top Mountain exemplify the changes glaciers and time can bring to a volcano.

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Description - The Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest encompasses the Mount Jefferson, Washington, and Three Sisters Wildernesses. There is a vast system of trail within and outside of the wilderness areas offering diverse opportunities of recreation from isolated hiking in the wilderness to high speed thrills of the OHV areas. Camping and fishing are also popular it the forest with many possibilities for all.

Attractions - Within the district there are several areas of interest, including: Black Butte Area, Black Crater Area, Camp Sherman Area, Lake Billy Chinook Area, Metolius Basin Area, Mt. Washington Area, Sisters Area, South Sisters Area, Suttle Lake Area, and Three Creek Lake Area.

Recreation - There are many hiking and horseback riding trails offering access to and into the wilderness areas within this district. Dispersed camping is available in the wildernesses. The non-wilderness area of the district has many hiking, horse riding and mountain bike trails, as well as, off-highway vehicle use areas. Camping and fishing are also popular activities in the forest. There are a good number of developed campsites, many of which are located near rivers and lakes providing access to good fishing opportunities.

Climate - With its huge elevation range, climate on the Deschutes changes drastically depending on elevation. The high elevations receive much more precipitation and colder temperatures. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April, mostly in the form of snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures can drop below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days, with warm to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures at the higher elevations. Summer afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.

Location - This district surrounds the town of Sisters, spanning north, south and west of Sisters. The forest within this district can be accessed via Highways 20 and 126 traveling west, north and south from Sisters.

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Sisters Ranger District, P.O. Box 249 , Sisters, OR, 97759, Phone: 541-549-7700, Fax: 541-549-7746

Additional Information:
Deschutes National Forest - The Deschutes National Forest, in Central Oregon, extends for about 100 miles along the east side of the Cascade Mountains. The Deschutes stretches from high peaks, through forests, to the high-desert.


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