Elk Creek Trail #3510

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

Beginning at Elk Creek Trailhead, Elk Creek Trail #3510 immediately heads up steep switchbacks around a ridge. The trail levels out at the top of the ridge, entering Three Sisters Wilderness and winding through open forested stands adjacent to meadows and swamps. The trail passes by several lakes before connecting with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 to the east.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:

8/28/23: Closed due to Petes Lake Fire. See closure order and map.

Permit Info: There are two types of entry permits required between June 15 and October 15 for trailheads entering the Three Sisters Wilderness accessing this trail.
  • Overnight Use
  • Day Use
    • Free, self-issue Wilderness Permit (available at the trailhead) between June 15 and October 15.
Check out Recreation.gov for more information or call 1-877-444-6777.
Usage: Light
Water: None, bring your own water
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

General Information

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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult


Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

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  Area/Length : 
11.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
3040 feet - 4400 feet