South Sister Climber's Log

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Decon - Mar 20, 2024 9:08 am

The first one  Sucess!

my first summit - couldn't believe there was a lake on top


Snowslogger - Oct 16, 2023 9:52 am Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2019

Second Time, Nice Fall Climb  Sucess!

Headed up after the trail limitations period had ended. A beautiful fall day mid-week.


patricklynch88 - Oct 1, 2023 7:49 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2023

Devils Lake/South Sister Trailhead  Sucess!

Solo hike. Left Devil's lake parking lot at 8am. Very windy with maybe a foot of snow on the summit push, so relaxed my pace and talked with a few other hikers near Lewis Glacier Lake and let the wind die down a bit. 12.4 mi round trip.


utahjimk - Jun 5, 2023 7:15 am Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2023

with Wasatch Mountain Club group  Sucess!

almost entirely on snow - evidence of the huge winter snowpack. This was one of the most awesome summit views I've experienced!


Jowzynkyn - Aug 9, 2022 2:48 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2022

Hot day, 100F in Maupin  Sucess!

7 hrs C2C, nearly slid into Teardrop Pool, a really pretty summit volcano lake, and cold! Hot day, over 90F on the way down, hundreds hiking it all along, a very difficult hike, but an easy climb. Lucked out, could even see Hood and Thielsen.


coltonfay - Jul 18, 2022 10:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2016

South Sister  Sucess!

Did the summit with my Dad back in 2016. Camped at Devils lake the first day and did the summit on the second. Great trip.


Moogie737 - Jun 21, 2022 9:54 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2022

Climber’s trail #38  Sucess!

#1 06-20-22 W/Max Tepfer of TMG. Bluebird day w/ occasional strong winds on the summit ridge. 5+35 up. Boots to 8,800’, then crampons and ice axes. Eight skiers on top with us. Unusual amounts of snow for this date.


LazyJSkwires - Nov 15, 2021 2:50 pm Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2015

Short stopover  Sucess!

Went from Washington to California and stopped by to climb this for the second time

cjmall - Jul 23, 2021 4:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2021

Great views  Sucess!

Tough hike at the end coming down with all the scree. Make sure you do the whole loop at the summit. Beautiful views.


bdreese2 - Jan 31, 2021 5:54 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2018

South Sister  Sucess!


birdhead - Oct 4, 2020 12:03 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2020

Trail from Devil's Lake  Sucess!

Got dropped off at Devil's Lake trailhead around 10 am. Good number of people on the mountain, many who didn't know the first thing about trail etiquette. There was some snow and ice near the top but it was easily negotiated. Basically a slog for the last 2,000 feet. Played in the lake after the hike. 5 hours round trip.


GlennD - Aug 25, 2020 9:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2020

South Sister  Sucess!

Day hike from Devil’s Lake. Lots of people on the mountain. Great views. Did the loop around the crater


Annalikeslenses - Jul 18, 2020 11:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2020

Wheeee screeeee  Sucess!

Camped overnight at Devils Lake, hit the trail at 7:15 (parking lot almost full on a Friday), got up to the summit around 11:30. Mosquitoes not as bad as expected, but scree just as bad or worse than anticipated - quite the slog, combined with the altitude! Pretty great views from the summit though and some fun glissading/plunge-stepping in the snow on the way down to save the knees!

noraami - Jul 6, 2020 9:06 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2020

Summit - First major mountain   Sucess!

What an amazing experience. I cant say how amazing this summit was to me.


nader - Sep 10, 2019 5:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2019

South Sister  Sucess!

Beautiful. see trip report.


huskertriguy - Aug 29, 2019 3:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2019

Devils Lake TH  Sucess!

I pulled in to the Devils Lake TH parking lot around 2 a.m. At that point the lot was about 2/3 full. By the time I was up and walking at 8:30 a.m., the lot was overflowing and vehicles were parked up and down the highway.

At 6900' I encountered 3 state police officers who were part of a larger group running SAR drills. I stopped and talked to them for a good 20-30 minutes. Once I was on my way again, I met 10-15 other officers who had been participating in the drills on their way down.

Once at 9000', I began to encounter the masses -- both ascending and descending -- all of whom had clearly gotten an earlier start than me. It was pretty busy for a Thursday. I cannot imagine how full this trail gets on the weekends. Part of this is accounted for by the straightforward and easy-to-follow trail as well as the nontechnical demands; South Sister may be more fun and certainly less crowded in the snow.

I took the entirety of the crater ridgeline counterclockwise. There is an abundance of top-notch bivy spots if you are so inclined to spend the night up there. I was at the summit by noon and spent a solid hour before heading back down. The views were spectacular: Middle & North Sister, as well as Three-Fingered Jack, Jefferson, Hood, and Adams were all clearly identifiable.

With an uneventful descent, I was back at the car by 4.


cascadescrambler - Aug 7, 2019 11:54 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 1986

South side trail  Sucess!

Long day with high rewards. Great views north and south along the Cascade range.

Snidely Whiplash

Snidely Whiplash - Aug 2, 2019 3:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2019

Felt like I was carrying rocks  Sucess!

Beautiful outing, classic view but a pathetic effort. Had no energy at all, took over 5 hours to summit. Was warned about terrible mosquitos but they were only in the trees and not even that bad. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!


Ryland - Jul 18, 2019 7:48 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2013

Enjoyable scenic hike  Sucess!

A very dramatic mountain with a range of landscapes on the way, interesting summit crater, and great views all around.


theoglick - Apr 7, 2019 8:51 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2016

You're not an Oregonian unless you've done South Sister!  Sucess!

My 5th or 6th South Sister climb. I used to do it every year, but I grew tired of the crowds. It's not bad if you can get an extremely early start.

Some of the best summit views in Oregon.

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