23 reviews Deschutes National Forest #6 hike out of 226 in
5 hrs 3 min
This is a moderate loop trail to South Sister in Deschutes National Forest.
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I did this hike with my son back in 2000 just before he left to go to graduate school at the University of North Carolina. It was a wonderful father/son experience. It still remains so after 20 years. Shortly afterwards my wife and I gave him a framed photograph of the sisters so he could show his North Carolina colleagues what real mountains look like.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Strenuous & steep, but well worth the views (we luckily had great visibility yesterday). Exposed trail after the first 1.5 miles. Hiking poles definitely recommended! The 3 dogs in our group made it to the summit with us without any issue. Pack extra water for them as it is scarce along the way.★ ★ ★ ★
Fun climb. We camped at Devils Lake Campground Sunday, 8/23/2020 and left at 4:40am Monday, 8/24/2920 to beat the heat and the crowds. Straightforward route. Trail is sandy. Last 2 miles are rocky and lots of scree. Once you reach the false summit, you will see the trail wind up to the top. Once in top, follow the trail to the right to reach the highest elevation. (We saw people walking across the “snow” in the summit crater. They soon realized it was melting ice and had trouble figuring out where to go. Another person stepped onto the snow and went in up to their knee. To late in the season to cross the summit crater.) It was windy on top. But there are places to get out if the wind. Good views of Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood. Smoke prevented us from seeing further. Met lots of trail runners as well as hikers on the way down. Trekking poles are very helpful on this climb/hike.
South Sister Summit
We hike quite a lot - but this trail is a whole other animal. Though it's not a technical climb, you're gaining 4,900 feet in about 6 miles if you hike all the way to the top. We invited ourselves along with some friends who were going on what turned out to be the perfect day weather wise. Making it to the top wasn't meant to be this trip; next time!
starsSolohiker35 1 year, 4 months ago
South Sisters Summit 6/28/19 2:19:06 AM
South sisters summit OR 6/28/19 12.12 miles with 4927 elevation gain. 17.32hrs total time and 10.09hrs moving time. With group of 5.
South Sister descent (8/24/19, 9:35:26AM)
With Ben and Robert. Ben first time hiking.