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OtomaxUntitled Comment


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There are also a limited selection of campsites around Morraine Lake available.
Posted Aug 5, 2003 10:26 am

Dave in BendUntitled Comment

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I have climbed South Sister 12 times. Eleven of those times I have gone up the "standard" route from Devils Lake on the south side. The northwest ridge of the volcano is a nice change of pace if you are looking for more solitude. Approach from Pole Creek Spring, hike in about 7 miles to Camp Lake. Good overnight tent spots in this area (the name says it all). From Camp Lake I did an up-again, down-again traverse over snowfields and volcanic scree ridges to reach the base of the northwest ridge, which is approached by ascending the Eugene Glacer snowfield. Once the ridge is gained, it can be followed all the way to the crater rim. Anytime from July through September or early October is good for a climb of this route. No technical gear is necessary, just a little common sense.
Posted Jan 26, 2004 8:48 pm

J.J.12Re: J.J.12


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Oh Good! i was wondering which route would be better between North ridge & North west ridge on South sister. i am starting at Pole creek Th, Summiting all 3 sisters 2maro morning & going to do a PSR Solo & after doing the technical climb/Summit on North & then moving on to Middle i didnt really wanna go up the North ridge of South with less energy so i think i'll loop around a lit bit & go NW route. Thx this was helpful. hoping to complete all 3 in 10-12hrs, Fast & loose gets the job done quick =)


Justin J.L.
Posted Sep 11, 2015 11:11 am

palawanUntitled Comment

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There are also a few camping spots on the top of the mountain. I'm not sure about the availablity of the spots, but I know it gets very windy during the night.
Posted Mar 30, 2005 11:55 pm

96avs01Untitled Comment


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There are several (3-4) man-made rock walls with moderate clearings for an evening at the top. There is room for 2-man tents at 2-3 of the sites, but an overnight bivy is excellent with agreeable weather. It is indeed very windy, but if conditions are right the sunset views are totally worth it.
Posted Nov 12, 2005 5:43 am

Dave McLaughlinAlternative Route

Dave McLaughlin

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A group of us were planning on climbing South and Middle week of May 11-14 2015 but I see the Cascade Lakes Highway may still be closed (as well as the Devils Lake Parking area & others)...plus NO roadside parking. Suggestions would be MUCH appreciated.
Posted Feb 5, 2015 6:14 pm

Hannah from SeattleSouth Route

Hannah from Seattle

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We started this climb at 4am in the morning on a Saturday from Devils Lake. A great time to ascend with cooler conditions and minimal direct sunlight. The summit sits a little above 10,000ft so most people will feel a little altitude - shortness of breath, tight head.
Absolutely spectacular views at the top of the volcanoes looking north. We saw all the way to Mt Rainier. We were the second climbers to the summit that day shortly followed by a few others - saw the crowds on our way down so suggest going early!
We took crampons and ice axe. Only needed an ice axe for glissading though. Most of the walk is on crumby volcanic rock along the ridge-line with only a few patches of snow to cross. Definitely take jackets and warm weather gear as conditions can change quickly on the mountain.
Rock shelters to camp at the summit. Would also be a cool mountain to ascend via skiing/snowboarding.
Posted Jul 12, 2016 5:21 pm

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