Sisters is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, nestled against the foothills of the Cascade Range. It’s a vibrant, artsy community with a charming 1880s facade and a small-town feel.

 

The businesses in Sisters all have an Old Western feel to it, making it a great place to window shop.

 

Sisters is named for the three peaks in the Sisters Mountain Wilderness that stand to its west: North Sister, Middle Sister, and South Sister. The city is a popular tourist destination for its outdoor activities, art galleries, and rodeos.

Sisters offers excellent hiking trails, lakes, mountain views, fly-fishing on its rivers, mountain biking, wildlife, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. Not far away is Hoodoo Ski Area for snowboarding and skiing and Suttle Lake for fishing and boating.

Sisters, Oregon, is a center of arts and culture, offering events and activities of international renown. From the famous Sisters Rodeo to the acclaimed Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, this is a great place to visit. 

A hack for staying in Sisters: there are pay showers in Village Green Park. Four quarters will provide a two-minute shower so hot that it feels like it may be fed by nearby hot springs.

 

Village Green City Park is close to Peterson Ridge Trails and has hot showers to clean off after a day on the trails.

 

Trail Runs

Sisters is also a paradise for trail runners, offering a variety of trails with stunning scenery, ranging from easy and scenic to challenging and technical. Here are some of the most popular trails for trail running near Sisters, OR:

Map at the Black Butte trailhead.

 

The Peterson Ridge Trail System can be reached south of Sisters across Whychus Creek on Elm Street. It has over 20 miles of trails and several connecting trails for short and long runs.

The Black Butte Trail features a mountain biking trail that circles the butte and a hiker’s trail that climbs to the peak for phenomenal views of the Cascade Mountains.

The Metolius River Trail winds along the majestic river, through campgrounds, and up to Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery. The flat trail runs on both sides of the river and can be combined with surrounding trails for various distances for all trail runners.

The 18-mile out-and-back Green Ridge Trail follows a ridge south of the Metolius River, offering views of Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, Three-Fingered Jack, and Mt. Jefferson.

The Metolius-Windigo Trail is over 100 miles long and begins in the north at the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, near Bear Valley Creek and the Minto Lake Trail. It runs parallel east of the Pacific Crest Trail south to Windigo Pass near Crescent Lake.

The 6.5-mile Sisters Tie Trail goes north from Sisters, then turns west and ends at the Indian Ford Campground, connecting to the Black Butte Trails.

The Suttle Lake Loop is an easy 3.6-mile loop trail that is an excellent option for a casual run or a family outing. The trail circles Suttle Lake, offering views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. It is primarily flat and well-maintained, making it a good choice for runners of all abilities. The five-mile Suttle Tie Trail connects Black Butte Ranch to Suttle Lake, and the Lake Creek Trail is a 4.3-mile trail from Suttle Lake to the Metolius River Trail and Black Butte Trails.

 

The trails around Sisters are very well-mapped and marked.

 

Whychus Rim and Creek Loop is a moderate 4.4-mile loop trail that offers stunning views of the Whychus Mountains and Whychus Creek. The trail has some elevation gain, but the views are worth it.

 

Adventure Maps Sisters & Redmond High Desert Trail Map | REI Co-op $13.95
 

 

Trail Races

Alpine Running has three races around Sisters.

The Oregon Cascades 100 starts in Bend and finishes in Sisters, including much of the Metolius-Windigo Trail. The 50-mile starts at Swampy Lakes and ends in Sisters.

The Three Sisters Skyline has many of the same trails as the Oregon Cascades 100, including an out and back on the Metolius-Windigo Trail to start. It eventually connects to the Peterson Ridge Trails to finish at Village Green Park for the half marathon and 50k courses.

The Sisters Country 50k and Half Marathon start and finish at Village Green Park in Sisters. Unlike the other two races, it uses more Peterson Ridge Trails than the Metolius-Windigo Trail.

 

Three Sisters Skyline 50k from Alpine Running (James Holk)

 

The Happy Girls Half Marathon 10k and 5k is an all women’s trail race on the Peterson Ridge Trail System starting and finishing from FivePine Lodge and Spa.

The Peterson Ridge Rumble started in 2003 and is the original trail race in Sisters. The 20-mile, 40-mile, and marathon races benefit the Sisters Cross Country team and the Sisters Trail Alliance. All races start and finish at Sisters Middle School.

The Hoodoo Challenge: Run to the Top is a race to the top of Hoodoo Ski Resort. The Sisters Kiwanis Club organizes the half-marathon and 5k races; all proceeds go to charity.

Trail Running Groups

The Central Oregon Running Klub (CORK) meets on Thursdays for a weekly trail run throughout Central Oregon.

Foot Zone in Bend has community runs throughout the week.

Trail Sisters has a Bend location that meets for no-drop trail runs for all abilities.

Coffee/Beer

Sisters Coffee Company has house-roasted coffee drinks & light lunch fare such as pastries & sandwiches in a stylish space. Expect a long line on the weekends at this popular spot.

Fika Sisters Coffeehouse serves coffee, tea, and other hot drinks to accompany its breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and salads. It’s located next to Funky Fauna Artisan Ales.

There are two drive-through Oregon-based coffee chains in Sisters. Country Coffee, which started in Boring, has locations in Central Oregon, including Sisters. Dutch Bros. is on HWY 20 in the middle of town.

Established in 2008, Three Creeks Brewing Company is the more well-known brewery in Sisters. It offers a variety of beers in classic Northwest styles, including lagers, IPAs, and porters. The pub features a lodge-like ambiance and serves delicious pizzas, burgers, and pub fare alongside its beers.

 

The taps at Three Creeks Brewery.

 

Funky Fauna Artisan Ales: This small-batch brewery opened in 2021 and focuses on unique styles like saisons and wild ales. Its beers are crafted with regionally sourced ingredients and boast exciting flavors. Unlike Three Creeks Brewing, Funky Fauna doesn’t have a full restaurant but offers a welcoming taproom where you can enjoy its beers.

The Ski Inn Taphouse and Hotel are fantastic for food and drinks, with a wide variety of options, so everyone can find something they love. Dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients from local farms. It features eight large-screen TVs inside and one outside of the Taphouse. The hotel features six boutique hotel rooms upstairs.

 

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