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Trevin ZieglerRoute Climbed: Green Lakes variation via Todd Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2006

Trevin Ziegler

Did this with SouthRaker. Fun, great, long hike. One of my first alpine experiences. Did BrokenTop the night before. Amazing, can't wait to go back!
Posted May 29, 2009 8:14 pm

basagixsosister  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2006


Skinned/hiked south route. Skied good corn up high, deep wet turns lower down.
Posted May 13, 2009 3:01 pm

bfrenchSouth Sister  Sucess!


Skied a few times.
Posted Apr 28, 2009 12:26 am

NCclimberBeautiful day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2002


Great weather, mosquitos knew it too until above the tree line. Had a Black Butte Porter at the summit with my cousins. Great climb.
Posted Mar 15, 2009 8:18 pm

ikedog50did it
Posted Mar 5, 2009 12:13 pm

apachedino1st sister  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2008


Beautiful fall day not a cloud in the sky, started at Green Lakes TH and enjoyed the forest and stream before cutting over to Moraine Lake. Stunning views even from the base, very different than where I am from. Surprisingly uncrowded given the great weather.
Posted Nov 30, 2008 6:33 pm

verdeleoneglorious day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2008


but oh the wind.
Beautiful fall day until the wind came up in the afternoon. Almost blew us off the mountain a few times. There were some unpleasant patches of ice and hard snow. First time up.
Posted Nov 6, 2008 2:22 am

dirthNice weather for october  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008


Drove up to Bend on short notice because the weather seemed too good to be true for late October. Great hike, no snow to speak of on the trail, perfect temperature, "late summer" conditions. Probably around 50 degrees on the summit at 2pm.
Posted Oct 26, 2008 3:04 am

PallandoA Long Way Up  Sucess!


My planning friend, his brother and I decided to do South from a different angle.
We left Bend around 3:00 AM headed towards the Broken Top trailhead. It was a full moon which made the hike in really nice. When the sun rose, it was a perfect day and we were close to the NW ridge of Broken Top. We discussed maybe doing Broken Top instead, but we stuck with South.
After a failed attempt at going over the lava (I don't know what we were thinking) we headed to Green Lakes and followed a waterfall up. We popped over the top of the ridge and hit the South Sister trail.
Summit was beautiful and clear. It was terribly hot, I got quite the sunburn.
Posted Sep 18, 2008 1:38 am

BCJGreat view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2005


This is one of my favorite views in the state.
Posted Sep 15, 2008 11:58 am

gregliefSouth Sister Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2008


Gorgeous day. Superb views all the way north to Mount Hood, south to Diamond Peak and Mount Thielsen, west to Mary's Peak, and of course spectacular vantages of Middle and North Sister, Broken Top, Tam McArthur Rim, and Mount Bachelor.
Posted Sep 13, 2008 11:55 am

oregonrpaNW ridge (as part of 3 sisters marathon)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2008


Third and final peak as part of 3 sisters marathon, having started at Pole Cr. trailhead early in the morning and traversing North and Middle Sisters.

Beautiful day to climb! Wished we would've taken the North route of South Sister instead of the NW ridge, but we were unsure of the crux near the top looking at the North route from afar. Should've read more on summitpost! Gaining the less technical NW ridge route from the saddle between Middle and South took valuable time and effort, thus putting us at the summit of South at sunset. Nonetheless, it was a great trek up the relatively moderate grade of the NW ridge, with the steepest portion being the very top before cresting the summit crater rocks. Loose rock, both scree and larger boulders, almost the entire ridge to the top.

Want to go back and do the 3 sisters marathon now that we have a better understanding of the routes for a more efficient climbs. Refilled water supply with glacial runoff between Middle and South.

Encountered only 8 other climbers while traversing North and Middle. No doubt South was crawling with climbers throughout the day, but only saw a few during the descent in darkness.
Posted Sep 9, 2008 2:35 pm

lalpinistdoggie paws  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


Afternoon departure got us to the summit around 7PM. The mountain was holding back clouds and wind. The plateau was plagued by a cold wind, but we were sheltered on the higher portions. We took the dog because of the dog-friendly description, but carried her for a portion near the top because the small grains of pumice are very rough on the little doggie paws.
Posted Sep 2, 2008 6:33 pm

jnalewayWindy Sister  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


Although I had climbed South Sister several times before, this was the first ascent for my wife, Alisa. She had wanted to climb after hearing our stories about previous escapades and seeing the pictures of other friends on top of the mountain.

So after work on the Friday of Labor Day Weekend, we packed up, left the (grown) kids to fend for themselves and headed for Devil's Lake Campground at about 6PM from Eugene. We stopped at the quaint Cultus Lake Resort to buy our NW Forest Pass, and found the Devil's Lake parking lot next to the South Sister Climbing trail sign just before dark. The last rays of light lit the summit as it loomed in a crack between the hills while we had a quick dinner by the campstove before bed.

Leaving at about 7AM amidst a number of laughing and joking groups heading up, we made the plateau by 8:30 AM, and found the mountain draped in a curtain of fast moving clouds. But from time to time, the summit appeared ahead of us, which gave us hope for a clear summit attempt. Unusually cold (40's) and very windy weather for August, made us glad we had packed parkas in our day packs. By the time we reached the cinder cone on the mountain side, the wind had died down, and the sun greeted us although below the valleys were draped in a blanket of white. Slogging up the skree, we made the summit rim by 12:30 and the summit by about 1PM. Luckily, the clouds had thinned and we found a wonderful view of the Middle and North Sisters on the summit as well as clear views of Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson and even Mt. St. Helen's (?) in the distance to the north.

Although the skree sliding down was long and dusty, all and all it was a very fun day up on the mountain and a great first ascent for Alisa. By the time we made it back to the plateau, the mountain had cleared and was in beautiful sunshine, showing off it's red and green lava sections. Some Advil and time will hopefully help Alisa to forget the long trudge back to the car, and I can convince her to join me again for another climbing adventure this Fall.
Posted Sep 1, 2008 12:31 pm

pdeangeliSouth Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008


Nice day. Up from Devil's down Green Lake. Boot skied the glacier from the cirque lake down.
Posted Aug 26, 2008 3:32 pm

Karl HelserButterflies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2008

Karl Helser

Swarms of butterflies beginning from about 9000' and above. Another good day hike from Devil's Lake to the summit.
Posted Aug 18, 2008 9:15 am

seabre23South Sis  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007
South Sister is relatively easy, if you are up for a 12 mile hike. Nothing technical. Views range from Mt Adams all the way to Mt McLoughlin. Pretty much the whole of Oregon. In 2001, summited in three hours. The rest of the party was ready to go down, but I stayed to admire the very clear view that day. Running late, I descended in an hour and ten minutes. By far a PR. With heavier snows this year, maybe the only Sister climbable? Always a winner, especially for out of towners.
Posted Jul 29, 2008 2:35 pm

desmo13got to 8500'
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2008


Took my dad and nephew. All snow from the road. My dad had enough by noon at 8500' :)
Posted Jul 9, 2008 12:38 am

Karl HelserSouth Side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008

Karl Helser

Rained Saturday night at camp (7000'), hiked to the summit under clear blue skys the next morning.
If you call the Forest Service they'll tell you there is no parking along the road at Devils Lake. Don't believe them...there's lots of parking. They've even plowed out parking at devils lake campground.
Posted Jun 25, 2008 8:10 am

dannottiGreat hike to the top
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007
Great hike to the top, but no views. Could see 30' from the summit, and very cold.
Posted Jun 16, 2008 12:22 am

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