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
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!
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.
Just a big pile of rocks, good view though. Next time I'll climb it when there's still snow
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!
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.
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. :)
Lots of fun. One of my favorite wilderness areas in the Cascades.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful hike....snow free. not too many mosquitos.
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
With the Pool brothers. We left the beer garden in Eugene drove to the trail head: Randy drove - they were different times, what can I say. Hiked until we passed out. Woke up hungover and took the trail to the summit. Good Times.
Like most every peak in the Cascades the views are fantastic. The perfect conditions for solid footing on the trail up and standing glissade down. The Bend area is one of my favorites of all places.