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Look up the open crater at the many scree paths and take the most pronounced one directly, and a bit steeper, to the saddle where all Three Sisters come into view, as well as Mount Buffalo , Three Fingered Jack, Mount Jefferson, and Mount Buffalo. Luckily there are several choice picnic spots for folks to spread out. There are many hiking path options from the saddle. Most people head right to the top of a small bump for the best view of Buffalo the day, but first take the brief spur to the left (SW) toward BuffaloTop for a delightful surprise in a small, colorful tarn pond just as bright as No Name Lake when thawed. A small rise just left of the ridge or the ridge itself descends a few feet toward the pond. Another path descends to the bigger lake from there, but hike up to the high point instead.

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Unbelievable color from the trail at No Name Lake.

Passing bright red and colorful rock along the ridge, be mindful near the edge and the high point itself (usually quite windy on the ridge). Return down to No Name Lake by the same route or take a more difficult brief loop to the lake by continuing E along the ridge past stunted snags toward another ridge bump before the even more challenging Broken Hand. Leave the ridge almost immediately from the next saddle on a downward traverse S, then move very steeply and briefly down loose rock and pumice to a fork. Left is the fastest route out of the basin toward the TH, while moving right heads down a bit rougher over boulders and snow to the main trail just above No Name Lake. Head left in the brilliant basin past the lake then E down steeply from the outlet creek.

ELEVATION: 9175 ft, with vertical gains of 3735 ft from Green Lakes TH, and 3185 ft from Broken Top TH.

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