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Alderfer/Three Sisters Loop

Intermediate
 4.4 (25) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful six-mile loop through the forest with a great high point for views.


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6.6

Miles

10.6

KM

Loop

8,161' 2,487 m

High

7,486' 2,282 m

Low

1,086' 331 m

Up

1,079' 329 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Overview

This route follows Evergreen Mountain Trail up to a wonderful lookout, then descends back to the parking lot, and climbs up Sister's Trail to Ponderosa Trail and then descends back to the parking lot again.

Need to Know

There are some sections with a lot of roots and rocks, so watch your ankles.

Description

From the trailhead, cross the road to Evergreen Mountain Trail. Follow this trail, climbing up Evergreen Mountain. After about a mile and a half, you'll reach a beautiful lookout to the southeast. From here, continue on the trail and you'll pass the summit trail, which leads to the summit of Evergreen Mountain and is only about a mile roundtrip.

The trail descends here and ends at a road. To get back to the parking lot, cross the road and continue on Ranch View Trail back to the bottom of Evergreen Mountain Trail.

Cross the road again past the parking lot and climb the steep Sister's Trail. It climbs up switchbacks past a bouldering area at the top before descending through the forest back down to the Ponderosa Trail. You'll pass many trail splits, so make sure to stay on Three Sister's Trail. It is very well marked. Take a right on Ponderosa Trail and climb up maybe 200 or so feet and then finish with a fun descent back to the parking lot.

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  4.4 from 25 votes

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Photos

View from Sister's Trail.
Aug 3, 2016 near Evergreen, CO
Looking southeast from Evergreen Mountain Trail.
Mar 30, 2015 near Evergreen, CO
Kids on the trail.
Aug 18, 2016 near Evergreen, CO
The Three Sisters outcropping is part of the North Sister.
Jan 10, 2017 near Evergreen, CO

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Jul 10, 2022
Alejandro Cazar
May 14, 2022
Anne Frederick
Mar 23, 2022
Edgar Villeda
Southern part of this trail runs along the road…not very outdoorsy
Mar 16, 2022
Amber Jeffers
Feb 28, 2021
Linc Hulbert
6.6mi — 3h 15m
Feb 6, 2021
Nick Barendregt
Hiked the south loop. Really nice, quiet hike with great forest views. 4mi — 1h 24m
Nov 7, 2020
GLENDA LOGAN
Oct 11, 2020
Michelle Williams
This is a great easy trail with wonderful outlooks. Highly recommend adding on the Summit Trail. 8.2mi — 2h 59m