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South Sister Summit Hike One More Time

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Sep 16 7:00AM - 8:00AM

This hike could be canceled. I will hope for the best and keep it posted until Thursday. It is unlikely that the Forest Service will reopen trails in the forest until the fire danger is diminished and the fires are put out.

Back by popular demand. Several people have indicated that they would really like to hike South Sister unfortunately they are busy on Saturday September 9th so we going to make the trek one more time before the snow starts to fly.

This trail is considered Difficult. That being said I have seen families climb this mountain with their children wearing tennis shoes and only carrying a bottle of water. We will take plenty of breaks along the way. We will keep a goodpacebut this isn't a race. I have hiked South Sister four times. The most difficult parts are loose cinder on the top third of the mountain, carrying enough water and the steep decent down the mountain can be though on knees and ankles. Bring good hiking boots, hiking poles, lots of water, food, sun protection, a jacket for the summit and a small first aid kit for potentialblisters. We will spend at least an hour at the summit enjoying the 10,000+ view and taking a well deserved break. The summit is a cool place even on the hottest summers days and almost always with a good breeze. Bring a coat and extra clothes to keep warm.

Meetat 7:00am on the east side of the parking lot of McDonalds and Subway next to the Bend Fire department at the intersection of Century Drive andSimpson Ave. to carpool up to the trail head at Devils lake. Or meet at the trail head at 8:00am Sorry, no dogs on this hike. This will likely be a 12 hour hike and we will be arriving back in the parking lot around 8:00pm.

We should find fewer people on the trail after Labor day and less snow.

South Sister Summit is a 11.8 mile out and back adventure. The trail issteep and difficult in spotswith over 4,000 vertical feet of elevation.

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South Sister is the highest peak in the Three Sisters Wilderness and the third highest mountain in Oregon. It's one of few major volcanic peaks in the state that has both year-long glaciers and is a walk-up hike (no climbing gear required). For this reason, it a popular hike during the short summer climbing season. Although it is a non-technical trail, it is very steep - especially near the summit - and weather conditions can change dramatically. The summit boasts perhaps the most awe-inspiring 360 view of any in central Oregon. On a clear day you can see as far north as Mount Rainier and as far south as Mount McLoughlin. The summit crater contains a year-round glacier. Ice melt forms two distinct blue pools, the larger of which is called "Teardrop Pool", commonly considered the highest lake in the state. The most common climbing route starts at the Devil's Lake Trailhead off the Cascade Lakes Highway. Many camp overnight at Moraine Lake and climb the remaining 3 miles and 4000 feet of elevation the next day, but certainly the whole route can be done in a day. The Three Sisters have the informal names "Faith", "Hope" and "Charity" (for North, Middle and South). They say you can remember the nicknames by how hard the climb is.

How to find us:The parking lot where McDonalds and Subway are located. Where the Rays Food place was.

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