The route to the Jeff View Shelter begins from the Upper Three Creek Sno-Park, located right at the gate along Forest Road 16 south if Sisters on the way the Three Creek Lake. Much of this area burned during the Pole Creek fire in 2012. While the fire left little in the way of forest, the views are now expansive and the Three Sisters seem to tower above you on this route. Plus you can take a break in a nice little, three-sided shelter and enjoy some lunch and even a fire if you wish. When we did this “snowshoe”, Central Oregon was off to a very slow winter, and the route had virtually no snow, even by mid-January (see all the beautiful pictures). Hopefully, this page will have some updated pictures (with snow in them) soon.
Begin your trek out of the south end of the parking area, a little east of the entrance. The route quickly works through some of the last remaining forest and crosses the snow covered road that continues up towards Three Creek Lake and Tam McArthur Rim. The path towards Jeff View Shelter mostly follows a two-track forest road as it gradually climbs its way to the south.
The trail climbs nearly 700 feet in 2.2 miles on its way to the shelter. You will leave the road you have been following just before reaching Jeff View. The shelter will be off to your right, only about 300 feet or so from the road. This makes a great place a hang out and enjoy yourself. The shelter is usually stocked with firewood and has a nice, wood burning stove in it if you would like to warm up a little.
Once you are full and toasty, head out from the shelter, but continue in the direction you were headed. There are a series of loops you can take from here that will lead you back towards the parking area and other a change in scenery. The Jeff View Tie trail continues away from the shelter for 0.6 miles until it intersects with the Nancy’s Loop trail. Head left at this junction and continue half a mile until you reach the intersection with the Snow Creek XC trail. Turn right and continue along the backside of Nancy’s Loop.
You will come to the intersection of Nancy’s Loop and Warren’s Loop in a quarter mile. As you continue to trudge through this burned landscape, be sure to take in the amazing views, especially of Middle and North Sister and seem close enough to touch. Warren’s Loop proceeds over a small ridge and rejoins the main trail in a mile. At this final T, head left and trump the final .7 mils back to the Sno-Park.
From Sisters, head south on Elm Street from the middle of town. Stay on Elm as it changes to Three Creek Road and then to Forest Road 16. Upper Three Creek Sno-Park is 11 miles ahead and on the left. The road is gated right at the snow park so you can’t pass it. Just don’t stop at the Lower Sno-Park or you will have to walk further, and who wants to do that.
Passes: An Oregon Sno-Park permit is required November 1 through April 30.
Dogs: Allowed and must be on leash or under voice command at all times.
Open Season: As long as there's snow. This Sno-Park is over 5,000 feet, so it usualy has fairly consistent snowpack.