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The Scott Mountain Loop provides the satisfaction of summiting a peak. Though at just 6,116 feet, Scott Mountain pales in comparison with the nearby Three Sisters — and offers the chance to trek among high mountain lakes, deep subalpine forest and rocky lava fields within the Mount Washington Wilderness. The nearly 360-degree panorama atop Scott Mountain reveals the wide variety of terrain in Oregon, from the craggy, rocky peaks of the Cascades to the rolling green slopes of the Willamette Valley.

Directions: From Sisters, drive 16 miles west on state Highway 242 to the Scott Lake Road, Forest Service Road 260. Turn right and continue to the trailhead at the road’s end

Distance: 8 miles

Rating: Aerobically strenuous and technically intermediate

— Mark Morical, The Bulletin