This fun lollipop loop takes you through an open, park-like ponderosa pine forest to an overlook with a splendid view of the Three Sisters and Broken Top.
The ride begins at the Rodeo Grounds Trailhead, on the SW corner of the Sisters Rodeo Grounds. Follow the Peterson Ridge Trail, which takes you up onto its namesake ridge. After a little more than two miles, the Peterson Ridge Trail veers to the right at a junction. You’ll go straight ahead on the Lazy Z Loop.
At the halfway point of the ride, you’ll come to a scenic overlook just off the trail. It offers a great view of the Three Sisters and Broken Top and is an excellent place for a lunch break.
The route is a combination of singletrack and dirt roads. All junctions are signed with white trailblazer diamonds on the trees.
The closest place to camp overnight is Sisters Cow Camp, a no-fee horse camp only eight miles away. Sisters Cow Camp has a vault toilet, central corrals, seasonal stock water, picnic tables, and fire rings. Or, you can dry camp at the Rodeo Grounds Trailhead, which offers no amenities other than shade.
You’ll find more information about the Lazy Z Loop in Riding Central Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, available at www.nwhorsetrails.com.