Broken Top

The ancient weathered cone of Broken Top juts to an elevation of 9,175 feet, and as its name implies, the jagged crown of rock spires presents a broken appearance compared to its two closest younger neighbors South Sister and Mt. Bachelor.

The standard climbing route on Broken Top starts at the Sparks Lake trail head which follows tumbling Fall Creek four miles up to the high plain positioned between South Sister and Broken Top at 6,600 feet. From there you climb east to a saddle on the jagged northwest ridge. This splintered ridge line ascends over strange shattered volcanic rock to an elevation of 9,110 feet, where a 15 foot rock wall with great exposure must be negotiated to reach two ascending ramps that lead to the stone pinnacle with a breath taking view of the Three Sisters which tower just a few miles away. More information is available on the Cascades at

Elevation (feet): 9,175
Elevation (meters): 2,797
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Oregon
Latitude: 44.08293
Longitude: -121.699462
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1910
First successful climber(s): Thomas Eliot, Harley Prouty, Charles Whittlesey
Nearest major airport: Redmond, Oregon
Convenient Center: Bend, Oregon

Thanks to Bob Halterman for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Broken Top.

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  • Log #12503 - by john myers on Oct 04, 2004
    great little hike. left Crater Ditch trailhead at 6:30am...scrambled to top of south pinnacle by 9:40am...didn't see any other hikers until return to plateau at 6000 ft level at about 11:00am.
  • Log #12504 - by Marcey Rhyne on Sep 24, 2004
    Nice views...takes about 3 hours. A bit frightening up top. Just looking down was worth it.
  • Log #12505 - by Craig Emmes on June 02, 2003
    It was a very long day
  • Log #12506 - by adrianne on Dec 11, 2000
    Long 13 hour hike but alot of fun.