Nice little walk up for my first peak over 10,000 ft
This peak had been on my mind for years, and despite being out of shape, I made it... along with many, many others. I was fairly surprised to see that Teardrop Pool had not yet formed yet for the season... and that wildfire smoke from 150 miles away permeated the air.
A very difficult hike but we reached the summit in 5 hours and descended in 3.5 hours with a group of 11 at a variety of skills and fitness levels. We started at 7:45 am, glad we didn't start any later because the storm rolled in once we reached the peak.
Gloves and trekking poles were a must, micro spikes were very nice to have.
We had great weather until right before we reached the summit - then it clouded over and snowed the whole way down. Be prepared for all weather, even on a clear sunny day, it can change very quickly!!!
Summited with a buddy, running much (but certainly not all) of it, beautiful day, during a nice break in the summer smoke. Lots of fun rock jumping and sliding through the scree on the run down. 3.5 hrs, with lots of stops for pics. Fun summit, epic views.
Summited with a party of five guys including my brother as his bachelor's party.
* Green Lakes approach to South Ridge 6-21-16. Car to car.
* Prouty Glacier from Green Lakes approach 6-18-17
* Clark Glacier "Half Sister" traverse 7-6-17
Great climb and descent! Left at 6 from Devils Lake. Still snow from large boulder about a mile from the trail head until the crater and actually stayed in the crater on snow most of the way along the ridge. Basically a boot pack the whole way. Skied down from just below the summit all the way back to the boulder. Took skis off just a couple times for small portages. Took our time. Back to the car at 3.
Hiked from Devils Lake - left parking lot at 6 am and reached Summit at 10 am. Had lunch - hiked down and went home
South Spur to the top. Real windy and chilly up there. Traveling fast and light feels great, but didn't allow us to any time to enjoy ourselves up there. Not that there was anything to see.
Summitted South Sister with two of my cousins
Good times climbing with my daughter. Doesn't get much better. Blue skies, perfect temp. Snow just right for micro spikes. Met some super awesome people. My dog Dexter was a very happy dog. Glissaded almost all the way down to the trees. Would never do this in the heat of summer!
When bad weather forced me to cancel my Mt. Baker climb, my oldest son and I decided to visit Bend and climb South Sister. Weather was mild and we made average time, reaching the summit in just over four hours. While the red volcanic dust is now forever embedded in the fabric of my climbing pants, the view made the scree slog worth the effort.
Round-trip: 7 hours. Mandi basically ran up the thing while Doug, Matt, and I cruised along. Matt's poor dog had paw cuts that required us to put her in my pack so we could carry her down. Wonderful weather. A little nippy near the top of the south slope.
Awesome weather meant crazy afternoon crowded trail, good thing our group of five left early enough.
Made the south ridge with five Mountaineers adults soon after my eighth birthday. I found it exhausting, and enjoyed the glissading back down the most fun, even though I had no ice axe and kept sliding all over the place roped to a parent above and below me.
I later became a Scout leader, Outward Bound instructor, and whitewater guide, and I'm sure the initial inspiration was the success of getting up the South Ridge at such a young age. The adults searched the register then and could find no previous climber younger than 10, so that was a source of pride for many years.
My first real experience with mountain climbing, this was my gateway to becoming a climber. Started at Devil's Lake and ascended via the South Ridge.
I timed the trip right as far a weather is concerned using mountain-forecast.com (this is a reliable weather information source for climbers). Spent the night in my truck at Devils Lake campground - very few people there and at nearby campgrounds this late in the season.
Started the hike at 6am and took my time using the 1000ft per hour approach. Reached the Summit proper at 10:58 - that was after about 15 minutes of chatting with three other climbers on the rim who started about a half hour before me. Also talked to two ladies who had taken a different route over night. Other than that no one else on top.
Spend a half hour - eating and taking pics before heading back down. The scree is an issue - it just makes more work for every step than on many other peaks....not a favorite for me by any means...and really a long approach for reaching the base...so for a 10,000ft reward - it was just okay in my humble opinion.
Wore a untried pair of hiking boots usually only use hking shoes when no snow - but was worried about rock in the shoe - was a bad choice since the boots were a little off on the downhill and hurting my toe nails LOL That meant 3 hours down to the trail-head instead of two. 8.5 hours total including lunch.
This was a fun trip with my wife and 10 year old son.
Left Eugene at 5:30am.
Left TH at 8:30am.
Summited at 1:00pm.
Returned to TH at 5:00.
Spent plenty of time eating and enjoying the summit.
8.5 Hours round trip. I hope this helps as an accurate timeline for young or maybe not so in shape hikers.
Hi there! I'll be climbing South Sister next week and wondered if teardrop pool at the summit is there or gone already? Also, did you camp at Moraine lake and if you did, were all of the sites taken?
Ascended south sister on one of the hotter days of the year. Started early, but still so damn hot.