Natasha and I climbed the west ridge and descended the north ridge. Just below the summit I dislodged a small rock and it fell four feet onto her hand. Her left index finger was fractured and she completed the climb with difficulty. See the trip report.
First attempt: May 15, 2007
Didn't make it to the summit, only had one day due to work and ran out of daylight. Can't wait to get back up here to try it again, very awesome route!
Park at gate and rode/pushed bikes to mountain with Norman and our boys, Andrew and Nate. Scamper up good rock and back down the very steep snow field on north side. Lot's of blueberries.
We had a crazy climb of both the North and South Twin Sisters in a day, it went great until the descent of the South Twin. We got off route and had a terrible time of bushwhacking.
Here is the Trip Report
Climbed North & South peaks in same day. Went up West Ridge, descended SE ridge. This was difficult downclimbing with no rope; very steep & lots of loose rock. I did not see an easier alternative, but I wouldn't recommend the way I went without a rope. Beautiful clear day, mid-80's. Awesome views of Baker!
This is a great route; probably my favorite scramble to date. Some people do rope up for the rock portion. The Descent route off the north face does require some face in downclimbing and scrambling over loose rock before you get to the glissadable part. Saw a few folks in over their heads learning how to use the ice axe.
I was imagining the rock to much more abrasive than it was; they do make sandpaper out if it, but it's not as sharp as J tree rock.
Very fun, had only one day to summit (in winter) and got a late start so ran out of daylight just below summit. Will definitley make another attempt next time I'm in the area.
Excellent rock even following a full day of rain. Minimal visibility/no view, but fun nontheless.
From a camp at the top of the approach roads with Don and Tony. Great rock and never needed the rope and pro we dragged up there. Mostly 3rd Class with occasional 4th.
Descended the north face and then down to the car that day.
A great climb, stupendous views and great partners. It doesn't get any better than this.
Paul C, daughter Hillary, and I climbed the standard route. The most incredible rock around -- like 150 grit sand paper. Take one or two paris of gloves that you can trash. But it's fun. You'll feel like Spiderman on most of this climb, with the rock just grabbing you and not wanting to let go.
Excellent climb, when there is unstable snow on the route it is more like mostly 4th class w/ 3 or 4 spots of low 5th class. Stay close there's lot's of loose rock.
The West Ridge is a pleasure to climb. No rope needed if comfortable with third class. The bike approach is key for the descent.
Summitted in a cloud with my friends Paul and Julien from BC but were rewarded on the way down by a parting of the clouds that afforded a great view of Mt. Baker. Great ridge run with great rock and plenty of good handholds. Having the bike along for a quick ride out was icing on the cake.
1st time in early spring, it was a steep snow climb. Camped on Sisters Glacier and climbed South Twin next day. West Ridge is a fun and excellent climb on neat rock. Watch for loose rock (stay close together) on S side as you traverse towards the summit.
I had a great time scrambling up the rocks. Took an impressive head over heels wipeout on by bike on the way down. I was glad I was wearing a helment and backpack.
Started out from the end of a logging road with a gate near a creek with my mountaineering class. Took our mountain bikes up with overnight packs. 6 miles of biking/pushing up the bikes up nice logging road. Reached base of climb early afternoon. Left bikes and took day packs up the actual climb. Great rock scramble up the ridge. I really enjoyed it. Weather was nice, but clouds came in after a couple of hours on the west ridge. Visibility turned bad and it hailed a little bit. Had to turn around within a couple hundred feet of the summit. Not as much fun going down with low visibility, heh. Got off course a bit, but managed to get back on track. Spent the night tenting out over to the west of the base of the climb. Wonderful views of the San Juans once the clouds cleared. Couldn't see the tops of either of the Twin Sisters both days I was there. Overall, I'd do it again, just to make that summit. I really enjoyed the scrambling.
What a fun climb. Climbed the West Ridge - great rock mostly 2nd class. From the summit we down climbed a bit before glissading the north face. Traversed back to our bikes that we left at the beginning of the trail and BOMBED back to the cars in about 30 minutes
Did the same route with Ryan
Brought some pro just in case there was snow, but we never used it except for one rappel. Got off route on the descent, you must stay on the ridgeline and do not go climbers left of the ridge or it will suck!
Good rock, solid, only some choss. Bring gloves as the rock scrapped us up.
Did not do the N Face descent as I did not want to hump up my skis on 4th class stuff, and one of the team was not that skilled with an axe and there is about 500 feet of 45 degree snow until it mellows out.
Did a 12 hour car-to-car climb of the West Ridge. Rode and walked mountain bikes up to just below treeline for a quick return to the trailhead. Snow-free on the ridge until just below the summit. Some really good 4th class scrambling on solid but very sharp rock.
WARNING: Popular place for vehicle break-ins. Two were reported in the same week (one was mine).