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Broken Top Standard Summit Route

Via Green Lakes and Northwest Ridge
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 16.6 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  On this hike we took the long route around Broken Top past Green Lakes to ascend the complete Northwest Ridge and then return via a... more »

Tips:  Start from the Green Lakes/Fall Creek Trailhead. To get there drive west on the Cascade Lakes Highway 24 miles then turn onto forest ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Broken Top Views

Enjoy beautiful views of Broken Top as you traverse towards Green Lakes.

2. Green Lakes

Green Lakes Area. A very popular camping spot. Keep an eye out for the shorter trail that starts up into the woods between the two lakes. If not continue on to climb up the Northwest Ridge from the base using this GPS track (amazing views.. lots of extra effort but beautiful).

3. Northwest Ridge

Check out how the rock you are climbing on changes with elevation. At one point you will cross a pumice field. Pick up a small crunchy rock and bring it back down to Green Lakes. Throw it in the water... watch the rock float... seriously!

4. Upper Ridge and Summit

Be very careful up here finding the safest route as a fall WILL result in death. Use a rope if at all nervous.