I can't understand what possibly possessed me to climb this mountain again in late summer. Perhaps time helps you forget the pain of the pumice slog, but I found myself up there again this weekend. I'm easily seduced by any suggestion of climbing, so when a friend who hadn't summited s.sister wanted company, I couldn't say no. Is this healthy?
Long hot slog up pumice slopes, no surprises there....but very clear skies, so great view from the top. Ran into friends on the summit, and my friend Jay was great company on the hike, so good day overall. If I could just get that insidious red dust off my boots, my backpack, and me, all would be well.
Beautiful, clear day - nine hour hike well worth every footfall. Getting to walk in the crater at the top was a highlight. Pretty sure I brought half the mountain back down to the car though - had to take my boots off twice to dump the scree.
Dad (SP's Mistchief) and I Started at 1:00 PM at Green Lakes Trail Head on July 1, 2005 got to Morain Lake at about 3:00 PM. Left the next day at 5:10 AM, cloudy but a nice cool breeze kept off the heat. Got to the summit at 11:00 AM and we couldnt see Mount Hood or any other mountains to the far north. Left the summit at 12:00 PM and got back to camp about 2:30 PM and back to the car by just before 5:00 PM.
We started at Green Lakes TH at 1:00 PM on 7-31-05. Left from Moraine Lake at 5:10AM the next day. It was a great hike, a few clouds obstructed our view of the peaks to the far north but was a great compramise to hiking in the heat. Levi, 12, my son's 2nd major peak, had a little trouble but it hasn't dampened his spirits in the least. Summited at 11:00AM far from any records but we made the top. Returned to Moraine Lake at 3:00PM & back to the TH at just before 5:00.
Left the trailhead at 0700hrs and summited around 1100hrs. Views were not great due to the fire along SR140. Will comback to do the other sisters.
Began @ 7am from TH, it was already hot. Few mosquitoes was a pleasant suprise. Scree running to the summit and made it by 10:30. It was a typical perfectly clear summer day in Central Oregon. An easy hike (minus the rock slides) and awesome views, I wouldn't reccommend the trip on a weekend!
Summitted with my 14 year old son Jonathan. His first peak over 10K. It was a great day with wonderful views up and down the Cascades. We hit snow early on, which continued for most of the climb to the summit. Sure beats climbing on late season scree.
Jonathan needed some pushing near the summit. He made it to the crater rim only to be told that the true summit was on the other side. Reluctantly he made the trek across.
It was all worthwhile though as the glissades down, including a great one off the summit face, were lots of fun.
Camped at Moraine lake, started climb at 4am. The snow was nice and hard and we were the first to summit that day. On the way back the snow was very soft and slushy which was nice for glissading but not nice for those going up.
The weather was clear and the views were amazing.
Ski poles made moving very easy, did not need ice axe or crampons.
Easy but fun Cascade summit.
Very nice day for a hike. Lots of soft snow made going slow.
This was my first summit of a Cascade Volcano, and I am hooked! I wasn't too crazy about all the scree, but the view from the top made it worth it all! I'm looking forward to many more summits to come.
Route Climbed: South Ridge
Date Climbed: September 6, 2004
Date Signed: Sept 08, 2004 11:52 PM
I thought South Sister would have been packed with people! Cornvallis and I hit the summit just after sunrise. Beautiful. Not a single person on the route that early morning. Found them on the way back down.
Great climb, going to do it in winter next year. Bring Trekking Poles and gaiters (even on hot days to keep out scree). Views are incredible, altitude not a problem.
Left Devil's Lake at 8:00AM and summited at 12:15PM. Beautiful weather & views. Lots of butterflies. Long day hike.
Camped at Demaris Lake, hiked past Chambers Lakes and traversed around to the northwest ridge. Ascent was slow and long, loose rock most of the way up.
Clear weather enabled a late season summit, met Jim who climbed it some 39 times. cached my safety gear half way up. Ill on the way down, too concentrated of gatorade
Made it up to within 500 ft of the summit when a storm blew in and we had to turn around. We were able to ski all the way down from that point though and it was great. Dropped a couple of nice cornices on the way, one right into a bowl with a little glacial lake sitting at the bottom of it. Tons of fun.
Left Portland at Midnight Friday, hit the trailhead at Devil's Lake at 3:45. No moon, but crystal clear and the stars were amazing. Sunrise was inspiring at about 8500 ft. Wind was wicked from the ridge along Lewis Glacier on up: steady 30-40 mph, gusting much higher. Mike, Aaron and I were the first on the summit a little after 8:00 and had it to ourselves till we started back down about 9:30. Clear all around, but eerie clouds were continuously blowing across the top. Back to the car about 1:00 on the last beautiful sunny day before the snow hit.
Left Devils Lake at 2:30 AM to enjoy the bright moon, sunrise, and beat the crowds. We definitely beat the crowds, not a single person on the route that early morning. Had the summit crater to ourselves for over an hour on an amazing warm clear day. Kind of a strange feeling to have South Sister to yourself for so long on a beautiful day. Been up there when it is snowing and seen the crater swarming with people. Found the crowds on or way back down the south ridge though. Nice cold dip in Devils Lake and nap upon return.
Great climb with Aukjen, Bernard, Peter and Ian. Arrived in Central Oregon late at night, no campgrounds open on entire Cascade Lakes Highway. Decided to just hit the trail and see how far we could go. Left Devil's Lake Trailhead near midnight. Long slog up, last thousand feet pretty painful and slow, but an amazing night sky made it worth it. Only one other group headed up that night. Reached summit at sunrise, snapped photos on true summit and then fell asleep in wind shelter until 10 am. Woke to the company of dozens of other people on the summit. Great trip down, afternoon siesta in the shade, thunderstorms rolled in as we left. Beers/burgers at Deschutes Brewery before storm hit. Fabulous day out with good friends, and night climbing avoided the crowds... a much recommended strategy.