Three Sisters Trail

Lava Beds National Monument
Located 14.6 miles from Tulelake, California (CA)
4 Stars
16,822 Steps 1  (7.8 mi)

The Three Sisters Trail is a long hike with a trailhead at the Indian Well campground. The trail crosses the Schonchin Wilderness Area and connects with the Lyons Trail. The Three Sisters Trail is named after the Three Sisters; peaks at 4538 ft, located to the north-east of the campground.

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The Three Sisters Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,627 ft (1,410 m), a minimum elevation of 4,286 ft (1,306 m), and an elevation range of 341 ft (104 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
16,8227.8 mi4,286 ft4,627 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.0 hrs13.1157 ft329 ft
[ B to A ]
3.1 hrs27.4329 ft157 ft

What is the length of the Three Sisters Trail?

The length of the trail is 7.8 mi (12.6 km) or 16,822 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Three Sisters Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.0 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.1 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Three Sisters Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Lava Beds National Monument topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Mount Dome, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Captain Jacks Stronghold, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: The Panhandle, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Bonita Butte, CA
  5. Topo Map: Schonchin Butte, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Caldwell Butte, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Little Glass Mountain, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Medicine Lake, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: West of Kephart, CA

Is there a Three Sisters trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Three Sisters Trail is located on the Schonchin Butte and Caldwell Butte topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.