South Sister Climber's Log

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wintersdoor - Sep 22, 2017 2:05 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2017

Run up  Sucess!

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.


montanajames - Aug 28, 2017 2:35 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2017

Bachelor Party Summit  Sucess!

Summited with a party of five guys including my brother as his bachelor's party.


Harvest - Aug 16, 2017 12:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2016

Great Views  Sucess!

* 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

Matt R - Jul 6, 2017 1:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2017

Climb and ski  Sucess!

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.


Glenn - Jun 7, 2017 2:35 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2016

2nd Summit  Sucess!

Hiked from Devils Lake - left parking lot at 6 am and reached Summit at 10 am. Had lunch - hiked down and went home

highrvrking - Apr 22, 2017 12:40 am Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2016

Heavy Cloud and Wind  Sucess!

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.


zzril - Jan 27, 2017 4:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2015

South Sister  Sucess!

Summitted South Sister with two of my cousins


live4hills - Aug 1, 2016 3:37 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2016

So much fun  Sucess!

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!

Sawtooth Scott

Sawtooth Scott - Jul 9, 2016 9:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2016

Like climbing on Mars  Sucess!

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.

Garon Coriz

Garon Coriz - Jul 7, 2016 8:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2016

Great Group Trip  Sucess!

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.

Mike D' - Mar 31, 2016 12:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2014

Great Success  Sucess!

Awesome weather meant crazy afternoon crowded trail, good thing our group of five left early enough.

Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson - Jan 26, 2016 1:34 am

Youngest at the time  Sucess!

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.

mcdonaldjosh - Dec 13, 2015 1:43 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2005

First real mountain  Sucess!

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.


Glenn - Oct 22, 2015 10:21 pm Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2015

Okay for a 10'er  Sucess!

I timed the trip right as far a weather is concerned using (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 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.

Nick Turtura

Nick Turtura - Sep 9, 2015 8:24 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2015

First time with my son  Sucess!

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.


Summiteer - Aug 19, 2015 11:51 am

Re: Hot

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?


beaudaddy85 - Aug 18, 2015 2:39 am

Hot  Sucess!

Ascended south sister on one of the hotter days of the year. Started early, but still so damn hot.


Mlasky - Jul 26, 2015 3:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014

Busy Peak  Sucess!

Overcast day. Summitted with 100s of others. :-)


JRaphaelson - Jul 22, 2015 8:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2015

Scree  Sucess!

Quite easy given its 5000 feet of elevation. However, the scree is intolerably annoying and is one of the reasons this otherwise beautiful mountain wasn't my favorite peak in the Northwest.

dom6180 - Jun 21, 2015 10:49 am Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2015

Ready for the Season  Sucess!

Completed this summit on 18 Jun -- definitely one of the tougher mountains my wife and I have climbed (we've done several 14ers in Colorado). We were pleasantly surprised by the snow (or lack thereof) conditions on the mountain. Having read several reviews & trip reports prior to going, it seemed that most people do this hike in late July/early Aug. I was hoping that b/c that area had less snow this year, that it'd be doable mid-June. Fortunately it was -- we didn't encounter snow until about a mile after passing the Morraine Lake split. Even then, depending on the time of day you could trudge through the slushy snow or make a route through the rocks w/o having to even step in the snow. We started the hike a little before 7 so the snow was still a bit icy, but were were able to avoid walking in it w/ a couple exceptions. However, those areas were well travelled w/ footprints to follow. We had brought our snowshoes to OR w/ us just in case, but opted not to bring them on the trail--that was a good decision b/c we wouldn't have needed them. Several folks we saw had ice axes and crampons -- we just used hiking poles and they were sufficient; though you might consider bringing an ice ax if you intend on glissading down the mountain to help w/ doing a self-arrest (we just used our poles). The loose gravel as you reach the "red rocks" is tough -- definitely recommend wearing solid footwear w/ good traction. After the "false summit" you have the option of walking across a slightly uphill snowfield/glacier to the true summit or walking along a ridge to the right (don't follow the ridge to the left). We opted for the ridge on the way out and snowfield on the way back (much easier to travel down in snow than up). The entire trek took us 9 hours which included several glissades on the way down (tons of fun!).

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