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Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon.

Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness, marked by rugged lava flows and snowy peaks, is one of the most popular and heavily used wilderness areas in the state.


This hike, largely through a recent burn, is marked by significant tread erosion and a sadly unprofessional section of new trail construction. 


Wilderness managers need to consider drainage maintenance a critical aspect of wilderness stewardship.  Users can help make this happen by stressing the importance of drainage maintenance to agency managers.

No Fires within 100 feet

Pulling "whiskers" means extra work because the saw is too "hungry" and ripping out wood rather than scoring the cut and "raking" it out.

Campfires have significant environmental impacts and may no longer be appropriate in many of today's heavily used wilderness areas.