General Park Information: Three Sisters Park
Three Sisters Park Rating: ★★★ (⅗ Stars)
Distance: Three Sisters Park has 15.3 miles of trails- see complete park map here.
Elevation Start: 7,400 ft (approximate)
Highest Point In Park: 8,527 (Evergreen Mountain)
Total Elevation Gain: Various – most trails are under 500 ft total
Estimated Time to Complete: 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on trail
Difficulty: Walk in the Park to Easy What does this mean?
Class: Class 2 (most of park is Class 1)
Season: Year Round – Expect Snow December – March
Trailhead: Buffalo Park Road
Getting Here: From Evergreen, continue to South Buffalo Park Rd. Turn onto this winding road and continue for about 2 miles to reach the first signed parking area on your right. If this lot is full, there is another parking area about ¾ of a mile on the right. You can enter Three Sisters Park into your favorite navigational device to get you to the park.
Parking: Parking at Three Sisters Park is rather limited at the first parking area (the one which most people park at. This lot can fit about 20 cars with limited parking along the road as well. However, if you continue to the second trailhead, there is a bigger lot which can fit about 40 cars. Parking is free and both areas have a non-plumbing bathroom that will usually smell like death.
Camping: Camping is not allowed at Three Sisters Park. In fact, the park closes 1 after hour the sunsets year-round. Park rangers are a bit stingy here and have been known to give out violations for violating this or any of there other rules.
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Make it a Loop: Three Sisters Park has a variety of trails that can easily be formed into small or larger loops. Check out the trail map here for more information.
Trail Summary: Three Sisters Park is a popular open space park located in Evergreen, Colorado. The park has over 15 miles of trails in the 1,100+ acres of land. All hikes in the park are friendly for families and dogs. Flying J Ranch Park is used by mountain bikers and runners in addition to normal walking/hiking traffic.
Trail Route: Shows one of my favorite longer loops in the park – Evergreen East/West Mtn Trail
Park X Factors:.Elk
When people think of elk, most people think Estes Park. However, Evergreen has a healthy elk population which you will often see around the town. Although I am not a biologist, I am 70% sure that there is a elk heard that calls Three Sisters Park home. I typically see this heard during the week feeding around twilight time. If the heard is not in the park, you can frequently see it down near Evergreen Lake or at the local high school. While this is a cool site, don’t be an idiot and get yourself hurt by the elk if you do see them. They are wild animals and want approximately 0.0 to do with you. To stop lecturing, the elk have caught me off guard before because they often are feeding in spots near the trails, keep an eye out for them! Mule deer also frequent the park.
- Mickey’s Mountain Kit
- Optional: Microspikes – helpful in winter, trails can get icy
- Optional: Camera
- If you can, visit this park during the week. Weekends at Three Sisters Park are usually a complete clustefuck (I avoid the weekend here like the plague).
- In general, I find that the left (south) side is much less crowded than the right.
- There will almost always be mountain bikes here, so be sure to keep an eye out for them on your travels.
- The “scenic view” near the Evergreen Mountain Summit trail is not worth the extra hike to see.
Photography Tip: Three Sisters Park is a great spot to see deer and elk, almost year round. I visit the park about 1-2 times per week and almost always see some sort of wildlife. In addition to animals, Three Sisters has some great overlooks (Brothers Trail, Sisters Trail, Evergreen Mountain trail etc.) which you can get decent views of the valleys surrounding the park. Three Sisters is a great spot to do family photos, engagement photos, or any other kind of portrait where you need nature as your background. If you are a casual hiker, you can certainly do without the DSLR on a hike here.
Mick’s Trip: Three Sisters Park
Three Sisters Park is in my backyard, so I having nothing entertaining to contribute for a trip summary. If you have any questions, feel free to message me on Twitter, Instagram or leave a comment below! Here are some shots around the park to give you a feel of what it looks like.