South Sister Climber's Log

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hikerjones - Jul 23, 2008 9:39 pm

Re: Route Climbed: north ridge Date Climbed: 9/3

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 (


desmo13 - Jul 9, 2008 12:38 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2008

got to 8500'

Took my dad and nephew. All snow from the road. My dad had enough by noon at 8500' :)

Karl Helser

Karl Helser - Jun 25, 2008 8:10 am Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008

South Side  Sucess!

Rained Saturday night at camp (7000'), hiked to the summit under clear blue skys the next morning.
If you call the Forest Service they'll tell you there is no parking along the road at Devils Lake. Don't believe them...there's lots of parking. They've even plowed out parking at devils lake campground.

dannotti - Jun 16, 2008 12:22 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Great hike to the top

Great hike to the top, but no views. Could see 30' from the summit, and very cold.

Dan Winter

Dan Winter - May 1, 2008 9:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2005

South Ridge  Sucess!

Hiked this solo on a fine day.


cdog - Apr 15, 2008 11:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2003

wrapping up  Sucess!

climbed the nw ridge via North & Middle sis traverse. Met my girlfriend at the top, who had dropped me off at Pole Ck early in the day. Good climb, LOTS of solitude on this route. Not technical, just a long slog, but a safe (and circuitous) alternate to the north ridge.


DigityDan - Feb 26, 2008 12:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2006

4 times  Sucess!

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.


KMM - Oct 7, 2007 1:34 am

first oregon cascade  Sucess!

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"


dresser - Sep 24, 2007 6:56 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007

First time over 10000 feet  Sucess!

I need to get in shape!


mkpatrick - Sep 14, 2007 4:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2006

South Ridge  Sucess!

2 day climb, camped ~7000ft, grabbed the peak the next morning. Beautiful clear day.

johnny72k - Sep 10, 2007 12:52 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007

finally!  Sucess!

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.


hiway99w - Aug 23, 2007 1:23 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007

South Sister  Sucess!

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.


YEM - Aug 20, 2007 5:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

South Route: Summit Bivy  Sucess!

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.


wrassleman07 - Aug 15, 2007 10:53 pm

south sister  Sucess!

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


jclements - Aug 2, 2007 12:17 am Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2007

Love dat scree  Sucess!

After climbing Thielsen in morning, dep. TH at 1145, summit by 1600, return to TH by 2000.


bmwboarder7 - Jul 20, 2007 11:08 pm

First  Sucess!

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.


MoapaPk - Jul 11, 2007 1:00 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 1983

The Other South Sister  Sucess!

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.


Diggler - Jul 9, 2007 6:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2007

South Slope scree slog  Sucess!

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!


HeyItsBen - Jul 9, 2007 4:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2007

South ridge  Sucess!

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.


metasyn11 - Jun 14, 2007 9:52 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2007

South Ridge  Sucess!

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.

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