Fall Creek Falls, Three Sisters Wilderness
Green Lakes Trail at the Peak of Autumn Color
The hike to Green Lakes in the Three Sisters Wilderness area has long been a favorite for Bend residents. The Green Lakes Basin, is composed of three alpine lakes with sweeping views of South Sister and Broken Top Mountain. After winter snows melt out in later summer, the basin is littered with lakeside wildflowers. Despite the grand scale and view from the basin, my favorite part
of this hike is the trail to the basin, which parallels Fall Creek. This crystal clear, snowmelt creek runs all year and is blessed with several “Fall Creek Falls”, old growth mountain hemlock forests and pockets of blueberry and huckleberries. Spring and summer are beautiful along Fall Creek( not to be confused with Fall River, which is located to the south, near Sunriver). Fall, however, is my favorite season on the Green River Trail. Patches of huckleberry, blueberry and other riparian shrubs turn to warm yellow and orange hues.
The C-shaped arc of Fall Creek adds to the depth of this image, drawing the eye upstream toward the rapids above, helping to tell a watery story of this pristine creek at the climax of fall color. This new fine art photograph will be a big, beautiful reminder of your last hike along the famed Green Lakes Trail!