I've spent a fair amount of time in Central Oregon, at least for someone who lives in Portland. I love driving South for a backpacking trip or to go camping, hiking, paddling, and brewery hopping in the Bend area. I like to think that I've done a good bit of exploring in the area and, while I was prepared to be awed by the beauty of the scenery around Broken Top, I was unprepared to be completely transported to a new landscape. Our three-day, two-night loop around Broken Top took us from summertime forests to a frozen lake surrounded by snowy peaks to alpine lake after lake. Over the weekend we hiked about 26 miles and honestly, I already can't wait to do it all over again.
Day One: Tam McArthur Trailhead to No Name Lake
Day Two: No Name Lake to Golden Lake
Day Three: Golden Lake to Three Creeks Trailhead