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srobinsonNo Prep  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1997
Climbed South Sister with some friends on a very nice day many years ago.
Posted Jun 29, 2011 6:39 pm

LeviFriends first mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2011

Levi

A buddy of mine was ready to see what this mountain climbing business was about. We had planned to walk in and camp but getting to the TH late we set up the tent there. Snow all the way from the road to the summit. Started at 6am, summit at 1pm, and back to the car at 5pm. Great day on the mountain and from what I know we had it all to ourselves.
Posted Jun 28, 2011 3:07 pm

funwithdunkSouth Sister Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2010

funwithdunk

Hike to the top of South Sister

It's a non-technical but very demanding climb of the state's third-tallest peak.

About the Hike: Oregon's third-tallest mountain has a path to its top. Admittedly, the trail up 10,358-foot South Sister is exceedingly steep, long and rugged, but no technical climbing skills are required and the rewards are great.

From the summit - a broad, snowy crater with a small lake - you can see half the state. If this sounds too demanding, here's a secret: the loop to Moraine Lake, halfway up the mountain, is just as picturesque. This lower hike avoids the final trudge up cinder scree, yet still offers views 100 miles south to Mount McLoughlin. What's more, the weather's better here. The summit often generates its own little cloud, complete with whiteouts, wind, and a miniature blizzard
Posted Feb 27, 2011 10:57 pm

mnpalermClimber's Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2010

mnpalerm

I hit the trailhead at 6am, ended up passing about 15 people and still wasnt first to the top! Luckily the first party left upon our arrival so we had the summit alone for about 10 minutes. 30 minutes later there were 15+ people on top. Besides the crowd, the climb rocks and the views are outstanding!
Posted Feb 20, 2011 6:47 pm

belowfellowpumice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009

belowfellow

2 months in a foot cast due to a broken foot. I climbed this pile of choss on the first day out of the cast. I will come back again when there is snow.
Posted Feb 16, 2011 3:23 pm

OOGDevils Lake  Sucess!

OOG

Just a big pile of rocks, good view though. Next time I'll climb it when there's still snow
Posted Jan 27, 2011 11:25 pm

LadyWawaGreen Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2010

LadyWawa

I went up via the Green Lakes variation. Absolutely no people but certainly a faint and difficult trail to follow. It was like a big party at the summit and on the snow field near the summit (people make snow angels and stuff like that!). Fun!
Posted Jan 27, 2011 11:26 am

RetroGearSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2010

RetroGear

Hiked the standard route with John Seward. Were first on top that day but was not long till the crowds were visible on the descent.
Posted Jan 9, 2011 11:51 pm

iquest4itWhere the hell did you just come from?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

iquest4it

Although I have summited South Sister a few times before from the south cow trail, to conclude my Marathon I went straight up the north ridge, which was almost as hard as N. Sister. I crossed three steep glaciers and went up a never-ending 45+ degree scree field from hell, only to face 25 ft. of vertical, rotten, red rim rock. I crawled over the top and the guy standing there said "where the hell did you just come from". I've heard that more than once. :)
Posted Dec 25, 2010 6:46 am

letskeepmovinfinally did it after making Sisters Wilderness one of my favorite spots in Oregon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 1998

letskeepmovin

Lots of fun. One of my favorite wilderness areas in the Cascades.
Posted Dec 21, 2010 7:47 pm

runbyu1Awesome & Challenging Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009

runbyu1

Ran up from the campground (Devil's Lake TH) and what a run it was. Got incredible pics and views of Broken Top, the other sisters, etc. We hit snow with a couple of miles to go which made things very interesting (in shorts & t-shirts) and very fun/beautiful. This is definitely one of the favorite mountains I've ever done. The trail is great and the views are awesome. We bombed/slipped/slid down in hurry and got back in time for a late lunch. VERY cool.
Posted Nov 8, 2010 9:51 pm

cfastwith our 9yr old daughter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2010

cfast

Our first time on S.Sis. summit. Started at Devils Lake TH and went slow with our daughter and son. She just turned 9 and was a real trooper all the way. Counted 200 people on trail, wasn't too crowded for a gorgeous day. Slippery,sloppy scree from false summit to top, especially coming down. Similarities to Mt.St. Helens summer climb with a lot of bouldering. Glad I had ski poles, knees aren't what they used to be! Difficult but fun for the old folks and youngest, a piece of cake for our teenager!
Posted Oct 3, 2010 11:36 pm

Troy BSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2010

Troy B

Last minute decision to head to the Cascades for the weekend led to a summit of South Sister. Basically this time of year it's a hike up the South Climb route. Left early and passed two groups on the way up to have the summit to myself at sunrise. I was amazed at the number of hikers heading up as I hiked out.
Posted Oct 3, 2010 6:03 pm

thexcatSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010

thexcat

Drove 10 hrs from Mtn View, slept in car 3-4 hours a couple miles from TH and left at 5am. Car to car in ~5.5 hrs at a very fast pace (for me). First to summit, but saw dozens of people on the way down. Saw all the way to Adams in the North and Bachelor in the South.
Posted Sep 8, 2010 11:01 pm

Coyotzinhot steep monutain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010

Coyotzin

we started in the morning thabout 8000 feet up the mountain my dad saw someone that he know from high school. and ween we rechthe top the crater was stillcavered in snow. on the way down poeple asked me how old iwas i said, "i'm 8".
Posted Aug 21, 2010 7:43 pm

Curtissimowith my 8 year old boy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010

Curtissimo

Made it up with my 8 year old we weren't the fastest but he did a great job. No snow on trail steep but the exposure was never great we started in dark at 5AM and made true summit by 10:30. It's a circus maybe but we didn't see a soul on the trail until 2.5 hours into our trip and I ran into Peter Carey from my High School. You cannot camp to trailhead there is no camp there but nearby camps a few miles away or hike up 1.75 miles to camp at lake. Lake looked beautiful that was no nasty climber's camp one lady swimming looked nice. People camped on summit too said it was very windy.
Posted Aug 16, 2010 3:37 pm

DervSmoke Free...Almost  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010

Derv

Departed Devils Lake trail head about 6:45 AM and was on the summit by 11:30 AM. Mosquitoes were not bad and there was very little snow along the trail. Thought we might have issues with smoke from the Rooster Rock fire but the only smoke we encountered was from the loser smoking a cigarette at the tarn just below Lewis Glacier.
Posted Aug 9, 2010 6:24 pm

mamelaClimbed South Sister with our dogs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010
We climbed South Sister with our dogs yesterday, a 9 year old Australian Cattle Dog and a 3 year old Australian Shepard/Border Collie mix. We had bought rough wear booties for them for the top part where there is scree (sharp and pointy gravel/sand that is abrasive) but unfortunately we forgot them in Portland. We thought they did great but they were very tired on the way up and had some difficulty on the scree both up and down. Today we noticed that it had taken a toll on their paws. I guess dogs are stoic so we didn't know they were in pain. Their pads were cut in a few places and the bare skin inside their paws was raw and painful for them. Our Aussie/Collie is avoiding the gravel in our backyard now so we can tell it definitely bothers her. Our Heeler has fur inside his paws so he had more protection but still has a few torn pads. Anyway just wanted to post some info on this since there wasn't much on the topic when we were initially searching. I would really be wary of taking dogs to the top without booties and not on very hot days. It wasn't that hot and they were still very tired at times and searching for shade to lie down in. Also make sure booties fit well and go for a test walk to see if they stay on. One friend's dog did great with them and another's kept falling off. There were other dogs on the climb but if we ever decide to do the climb again we likely won't take the dogs.
Posted Aug 9, 2010 12:43 am

JGHarrisonFrom Devils Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010

JGHarrison

Beautiful hike....snow free. not too many mosquitos.
Posted Jul 25, 2010 10:18 pm

gimpilatorTwo Volcanoes In One Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010

gimpilator

Robbin and I did the south ridge from Devil's Lake and afterward we had some energy left over so we drove across the street and did Mount Bachelor too. Over 7600 feet of vertical gain in a day. Not bad
Posted Jul 20, 2010 9:11 am

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