Most snow has melted off route; reached snow 3/4 mile in and then had patches on the way up. Skitters are now in full force and horrid for first couple miles. During our descent, we came upon a terrified 8 year old boy who had wandered down trail alone, 700 feet of elevation and over 1/2 mile, away from his family. Our party found him and waited while I hiked back up to inform the family. A simple hike/climb, but some strange things can still happen. 4th time on summit.
Left Devils Lake at 3:30 am under clear skies. Trail not visible due to snow, but followed general route using topo map without trouble. Summited at 7am and had the top to myself for the entire hour before descending. Beautiful day with clear skies, very little wind, and warm temps, not to mention a lack of crowds. Met about 15-20 people making the ascent on my way down. Would recommend doing this climb early in the year and early in the day if you want to avoid crowds. Snow up until Lewis Glacier, but no technical gear required. Back at truck by 10am to round out a worthwhile trek.
Climbed with Infected Mushroom, even with a 2:30 AM start we couldnt beat the heat. Still a great climb.
Pretty much a really good training hike. VERY hot weather. Still plenty of snow before the ridge.
First of nine summits in ten days with Matthew Holliman and Rick Kent. Crappy weather for zero views and a mediocre climb. Trip Report
Second summit after Mt. Adams on a Cascade/Olympic NP tour with my buddies Brian and Becket. I didn't know it at the time, but the South Ridge route on South Sister would become my standard to compare all horrible slogs against. Nothing in the Sierra Nevada even compares to how loose the South Ridge route is. I guess I must be spoiled down here in CA! When I ever hear anyone bitch about "how loose that chute was" I tell him it was cake and they should go climb South Sister in the Summer!
Good Trainer. Crowded as hell in the summer. Reminds me of a big pile of crumbled Gorgonzola.
Climbed this one with my brother-in-law, Michael Eschenberg. Lots of snow for June. Hiked in snow almost the entire way. Crampons helped out on certain portions of the climb. Beautiful weather and it was actually a little too warm on the way down.
This was, as I am sure it is with most people, the highest place I had ever been to at the end of our morning run to the top. After climbing (?) South Sister I thought coming down off of every mountain would be as fun as the scree-skiing available here. Not bloody likely! I'll never forget how cold Moraine Lake was, nor the Reedies who were punishing us all by skinny-dipping. Oh, the hair...oh, the humanity! Like sasquatches easing into a hot tub.
What a beautiful area of Oregon. Walked the crater rim and frolicked in the snow, just a wonderful late summer peak. Could see as far as Thielsen in the south to Hood to the north, difficult to make out peaks to the east or the valley to the west. Attempted to jog down the mountain straining both knees in the process, turned an otherwise enjoyable return trip into the descent from hell.
August 20 2006
Climbed this again with my brother, went much more smoothly than last years knee-spraining trip. Millions of butterflies at the summit were somewhat of a nuisance.
Wonderful trip to the top. Was a little dissapointing at first because low-lying clouds completely obscured the view. When we broke out on top and saw the valley below, it made the whole trip worth it, and morale for the group increased dramatically. Fortunately, we didn't have to eat our horses or camels, though it would have been nice to have had more water for the trip down.
Watched people ski down the south side the night before we summited. Great viewing from the summit; we could see all of Oregon's tallest mountains (middle sister, north sister, mt. jefferson, and mt. hood). Very clear day, but the wind was much faster than I thought it would be. Only the second time above 10000'. Fairly easy climb. Almost no snow near Moraine lake 6450'.
the view to the north from this summit is simply amazing. went up bachelor the week before to get a good view of the south ridge route. it's very strange to see red rock along the route. not something that I am used to seeing outside of the southwest.
I soloed this climb after succesful summits of Mt adams and Mt shasta the two previous weekends. I left devils lake campground at 2:00 am. I proceeded under headlamp up the trail between devils and kaleetan buttes. and arrived at the plateau above moraine lake.. I was happy to have reached the plateau the forest was a bit freaky as always when hiking alone in the dark. The stars were bright and there was quite a bit of snow on the ground for the middle of July . It was fairly easy for a while to make out the way following tracks from previous day.. I lost the trail eventually as tracks started to fan out in all directions. At that point I decided it was best to hug up to the very ridge itself. I figured I could ascend the ridge and follow it up till I ran back into to the trail. It was a littlle tricky working my up the loose scree . I also realized that by not having a helmet I didn't want to walk under the cliff sections of the ridge which on my route the easier way. I eventually worked my way through this little inconveniance and arrived at the lewis glacier when the sun began to rise. I was back on track huffed and puffed up the red hill section and arrved on the summit 7:00 am I enjoyed a little bit of inclement weather chatted with a couple that had spent the night on the summit. and enjoyed the wonderful views.
Enjoyable hike with a phenomenal bivy at the top!
Terrific climbing weather with great views off to the north.
Got a late start at 9am. This was my second attempt at a cascade summit; my first was Mt. Adams in WA. The hike was fun, but the weather turned sour about forty-five minutes before we reached the peak. The summit was so cloudy (and snowy) that we couldn't even see across the top of the mountain. This just means I will have to return next year to get the view I was not granted this time. Four hours up, 20 mins at the top and two and a half down.
Took off from Devil's lake Trailhead at 9:00pm, slept at Moraine Lake, Set off at 6:00am, we were the second to the top. Snow is low enough this year that you can circumvent the summit crater without walking on Snow. Doing the North Ridge next time. Great as always.
summited south via north ridge as part of three sisters traverse. Made it from south sister summit to trail head in 1.5 hours. the whole three mountain traverse took us 14 hours.
Hey, Seth! I know it was 3-4 years ago, but can you give me any more info on what trailhead you STARTED the traverse (all 3) from, and/or some printed info on the traverse? Jeff Smoot's book mentions the possibility, but doesn't describe the traverse or where to start it from. Thanks! Sam Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)