Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sisters Trail, Aldefer-Three Sisters Park

Sisters Trail
Aldefer/Three Sisters Park

Date Hiked: Jan. 31, 2015

Distance: 2.3 miles (roundtrip)
Elevation Gain: 329ft
Elevation Min/Max: 7,469 to 7,760ft
Managing Agency: Jefferson County Open Space
Fee: None

Directions: From downtown Evergreen, take 73 south and turn right (west) on Buffalo Park Rd.  Follow Buffalo Park Road until you see the parking lot on the right. 

The Sisters Trail is the main attraction at Aldefer/Three Sisters Park.  This short but exciting trail weaves up to the top of the Three Sisters rock formation before looping back down to the parking area.  The trail can be very popular on the weekends, but on this cold snowy day in January, the trail was beautifully deserted.  

From the parking area start heading through the woods on the Sisters Trail and make a right at the Junction with the Ponderosa Trail.  As you walk peacefully through the Ponderosa forest the size and frequency of the boulders will steadily increase.  Soon you'll be surrounded by interesting rock formations as you come to the intersection with the Dedisse Trail.  Turn left and start the ascent to the saddle between the Sister's rock formations towering overhead.  The views of Evergreen Lake and the surrounding foothills are wonderful from this stretch.  When you top off you'll be surrounded by the rock towers, some easy scrambling is required to get any higher but it's worth the extra effort.  

The trail continues on descending through the rock and Ponderosa Pine.  Before too long you'll come to the Ponderosa Trail, turn left and climb slightly to a saddle and the turnoff for the optional Brothers Lookout.  Descend the saddle and return to the junction with the Sisters Trail, a right turn takes you back to the parking lot.  

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