Snowshoe Lakes Trail


This trail, deep within the Three Sisters Wilderness, winds among Snowshoe and Upper Snowshoe Lakes as well as Long and Puppy Lakes. This area provides lovely old growth forest with abundant solitude. Early season mosquitoes can be nasty!

The Snowshoe Lakes Trail enters the Three Sisters Wilderness. Wilderness permits are required. See "Permit Info" below for more details.

At a Glance

Permit Info: For more information on the two different types of wilderness permits, please click here.
  • Central Cascades Wilderness Permits are required between the Friday before Memorial Day and the last Friday in September for all overnight use in the Three Sisters Wilderness area. Check out for more information or call 1-877-444-6777.
  • Free, self-issue Wilderness Permits, available at the trailhead, are required between the Friday before Memorial Day and October 31 on this trail for day use (available at trailhead). These permits are used to assist in the management of these areas.
    • The Central Cascades Wilderness Permit is NOT required for day use on this trail.
  • Free, unlimited self-issue Wilderness permit required when visiting the Three Sisters Wilderness between last Friday in September and October 31 for both day use and overnight use (available at trailhead).
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply.
  • Maps of areas where special restrictions apply: Dog leash restrictionsCamp ChambersGreen LakesMatthieu and Golden LakesMoraine LakesSisters Mirror Lakes area.  
  • 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
Closest Towns: Sisters, Oregon; Bend, Oregon
Passes: No recreation pass required.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Sisters Ranger District, Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest

General Information


This trail is most easily reached via 6 miles on the Winopee Lake Trail #16 from the Winopee Trailhead, which is just beyond Cultus Lake Campground. Alternate trail access is via 8 miles on the Six Lakes Trail #14 and Pacific Crest Trail #2000.  Take Century Drive 46 miles southwest of Bend, then 2.5 miles west on Forest Road 4635. Other alternate access is via Sunriver and Forest Road 40.



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  Area/Length : 
3.0 miles

  Elevation : 
4750 - 5350