|Three Creeks Lake from top of Tam MacArthur Rim|
|Tam McArthur Rim from Three Creeks Lake|
Three Creeks Lake from Northwest shoreFishing is good at the lake. What else is good is the hiking near the lake. One of the best walks is the view filled hike to Broken Top.
Broken Top in the background
Once reaching the top of Tam McArthur Rim, the trail opens up to views of Broken Top and the Three Sisters. A few miles after leaving the rim, the trail begins to fade near a butte called Broken Hand. Here, my hiking partner and I had to climb down the west face of Broken Hand to get to Broken Top.
Originally, Broken Hand was to be the turnaround point to our hike, but as we drew closer to Broken Top, its ruggedness prompted us to continue past Broken Hand. Something else attracted us to Broken Top that we did not know existed - a lake inside the remnants of the eroded mountain.
Lake inside Broken Top CraterAfter trudging across the high plain between Top and Hand, we made our way up the tiny canyon created by the lake's creek outlet. Soon, we were standing at the lake's shoreline.
Far shore from southern shorelineIt had been a fairly rigorous hike. The temperature was high, and the sun at 8,000 feet beats down a little harder than at sea level. The idea of a little rejuvenation before the return hike seemed like a good idea, so I stripped everything off except my hiking shorts and dove in.
Immediately, the frigid waters, melt from a glacier, had me kicking to the lake's surface. It felt so good I treaded water for awhile, then did a little backstroke for a few minutes. NOT REALLY! After popping up to the surface, I shot to shore and climbed out, not regretting the move, but swearing I would never do it again.