Trailhead: West Parking Lot Trailhead (this will be the second trailhead that you get to)

Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking

Closest City / Town: Evergreen, Colorado

Driving Directions:

  • Travel south of Evergreen on Highway 73.  Turn west (right) on Buffalo Park Road, approximately 1 mile to the east parking lot.  A second parking lot is located another 1/2 mile along Buffalo Park Road on the right-hand side of the road.  Motorized vehicles are confined to the parking areas and roadways. 
  • We recommend parking at the west parking lot, which contains better restrooms and more parking than the east lot.

Hiking Distance: 2.9 miles (roundtrip)

Description: Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park has hiking (and biking) options for just about anyone.  The various trails rollercoaster, and rarely will you find yourself on a prolonged incline or downhill.  The park contains 770 acres of open space.  Ever since Evergreen was settled, the four rock formations called “The Three Sisters” and “The Brother” have been landmarks, providing spectacular views of the Bear Creek Basin and beyond.  Over 10 miles of trail lead you around the Three Sisters and up to The Brother and connect to Evergreen Recreation District property.
Our favorite adventure begins at the west parking lot.  Jefferson County Open Space does an EXCELLENT job by providing maps at all of its park’s major trailheads.  Grab a map before setting foot on the trail.  Begin by taking the Meadow Trail to the Silver Fox Trail. Take a left on the Silver Fox Trail and head to the Ponderosa Trail (where you will take a left).  Hang a left off the Ponderosa Trail onto the Sisters Trail.  Take a right back onto the Ponderosa Trail after 1.1 miles.  Take another right onto the Brothers Lookout Trail (this is only a .2 mile detour that will provide you with a rewarding view – go up here no matter which trails you decide to hike!).  Descend from the Brothers Lookout, take a right on the Ponderosa Trail, and take a right on the Silver Fox Trail, which will lead you back to the parking lot.
We know, the directions are a bit confusing.  It’s best to just grab a map at the trailhead and venture out.  Specifically, make stops at The Three Sisters, and especially, make a stop at the The Brother.

Worth Noting: The primary features of this park are the rock outcroppings known as “The Three Sisters” and “The Brother”. The outcrops are metamorphic rock of the Precambrian Era, which consist largely of silver plume quartz. A trail leads to the top of “The Brother” where an awesome view of Evergreen and the surrounding valleys await you.  Included in the view from the summit, is an amazing view of Mount Evans.  Evans, along with Pikes Peak and Longs Peak, is one of the most pronounced landmarks found along the Front Range.



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Jason March 2, 2016 3:04 pm

One of my favorite trails. Close to home and great scenery.