Island Meadow Trail

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

The Island Meadow Trail #3 starts at the Elk Lake Trailhead. It's a short trail that connects to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 and a variety of loop trails that pass lakes and old-growth mountain hemlock forest.

The Island Meadow Trail enters the Three Sisters Wilderness shortly after leaving the trailhead. Wilderness Permits are required for both day use and overnight stays from this trailhead. See "Permit Info" below for more details.

At a Glance

Permit Info: There are two types of entry permits required between June 15 and October 15 for entering the Three Sisters Wilderness from this trailhead.
  • Overnight Use
  • Day Use
    • Free, self-issue Wilderness Permit (available at the trailhead) between June 15 and October 15.
Check out for more information or call 1-877-444-6777.
Usage: Light
  • Wilderness restrictions apply
  • Maps of areas where special restrictions apply: 
  • Motorized and mechanical equipment (including bicycles and drones) are prohibited in the Wilderness
  • Groups must be under 12 people and 12 head of stock
  • Build campfires at least 100 feet away from water
  • Pack in / Pack out!
  • “Take only pictures, leave only footprints” — please refrain from cutting, damaging, or gathering vegetation or other forest items (e.g. rocks, artifacts, etc.)
  • Please bury human waste 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet away from water

General Information

Directions: The Island Meadow Trail begins at the Elk Lake Trailhead, 33 miles west of Bend on Century Drive.


Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.0 miles

  Elevation : 
4650 - 5650