I have done this route four times now and camped on top twice, and this is always one of the best trips of year.
If you go in late spring you can slide down on the snowpack for your return, and it's actually in my opinion easier to climb the top sections with the snow rather than the loose scree.
did this back in the day. we carried way too much water like 4 quarts! gave some to a guy who didn't bring any water cause "he was a wrestler"
I need to get in shape!
2 day climb, camped ~7000ft, grabbed the peak the next morning. Beautiful clear day.
finally got up this one. I'm embarrassed it took me this long to get at it, but I did and got up there with a million other people. nice and cool out. totally clear all day. tons of scree to go with the tons of people.
The Willamette Valley was socked in with clouds and there were intermittent thunderstorms to the east but the Cascade Range was clear up to about Mt. Jefferson. As we rested for lunch at the lake at the base of Lewis Glacier, clouds were billowing up toward the summit. There ended up being no reason for concern as the day stayed clear, temperature was moderate, and wind at the summit was light enough that I didn't even need a windbreaker. The view, especially of Middle and North Sister, was spectacular. The exposure on the east side of the summit came as a bit of a shock realizing that 30 years earlier I had climbed on that pinnacle in near white-out conditions completely unaware of the drop on that side.
Easy route without any people! I lucked out to arrive before dusk and not see anyone until 10 the next morning. A summit bivy is highly recommended.
very easy climb, biggest ive done to date, but did it in one day, no climbing gear, just a good pair of boots, and a lunch to eat at the top
After climbing Thielsen in morning, dep. TH at 1145, summit by 1600, return to TH by 2000.
This was my first big hike, which caused me to fall in love with the mountains. We took three days and played the whole time. It is an easy mountain, but has great views.
Yep, it's just a 5000' gain slog, but I enjoyed the trip. The snow-filled crater on top was so nice. My wife accompanied me, and didn't hate me afterward! Did lots of hiking around Bend while working on a drill rig. What a magical place.
Years later we moved to Nevada and climbed the Other South Sister.
2nd in my 2007 Cascade Challenge Volcanofest. Started from Devils Lake TH @ 8.01. Pretty much just putting one foot in front of the other- OVER & OVER & OVER & OVER- & eventually at the summit (12.24). Passed 3 or so parties on way up (was passed by one). Hung out @ summit, ate, & took in amazing view. HUNDREDS (thousands?) of butterflies swarming over summit. Had had thoughts of going over to Middle Sister from S, but when I looked across, I knew that wasn't going to happen that day- no way I felt like another 3,000' vertical on top of the 5 I'd just done (food & beer won out). After talking to a nice couple for awhile, left summit at 14.25. Great glissading on way down. Back at TH @ 17.26, followed by food & beer @ Cascade Lakes brewpub at roundabout. Great day!
4.5 hours RT from Moraine Lake (not including time spent at the summit). Did not need crampons/axe on the ascent, but we were able to glissade 1/2 of the way down. Had the summit to ourselves for over an hour. Great views.
Solo ascent up the climbers trail from Devil's Lake Campground. I was on snow more or less the entire time except for the very beginning and near the end. The final 2000' to the summit was VERY windy.. sand and pebbles being sprayed everywhere and I had to maintain quite a low profile on the summit to keep from being blown off. All in all more of a nuisance than a danger though, and I had a blast. Views were somewhat obstructed by the near-constant lenticular cloud over the summit, but again, fantastic day.
Solo ascent. Left trailhead at 9am, summit at 3pm, left at 3:15, down at 6:15. The last 1500 feet of ascent took me over 2 hours, felt like my feet were glued to the ground. Combination of altitude gain (was at sea level at 6 am) and dehydration. I can never drink enough at elevation. Otherwise fun day, beautiful weather, windy at the summit, but not too cold. 2nd ascent, and first 10K summit since 1988.
A beautiful day to summit South Sister, with views all around! Such warm temps with no wind, camping at the "golf course" felt like the middle of summer. Looking forward to Middle and North Sister next! :)
Got to the top too early...hung out until 11am and then skied 4k of buttery corn.
I am SO GLAD I did this in the fall. Weather was perfect, altho it clouded over when we summitted (of course) and was raining in earnest by the end. Even though late in the season, still lots of people. Realigned my perspective on what's possible for me to do out there.
a bit of a slog on snow up the south side but great views from the top