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South Sister Hike

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • View looking southeast toward Mount Bachelor (9,068').- South Sister Hike
  • Early sunrise over Broken Top (9,177').- South Sister Hike
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  • Looking up at the summit of the South Sister (10,358').- South Sister Hike
  • View to the south over Mount Bachelor (9,068').- South Sister Hike
  • Panoramic vista looking south with Broken Top (9,177') on the left and Mount Bachelor (9,068') in the middle.- South Sister Hike
  • View toward the summit.- South Sister Hike
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  • Looking north at the Middle Sister (10,047') and the North Sister (10,085'), with Mount Jefferson (10,495') just behind the North Sister.- South Sister Hike
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  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- South Sister Hike
  • Final view of Oregon's Cascade Lakes.- South Sister Hike
  • Worth stopping at Moraine Lake along the way to take in the pristine reflection.- South Sister Hike
  • Teardrop Pool - the highest lake in Oregon.- South Sister Hike
  • Middle and North Sister viewed from the South Sister.- South Sister Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing panoramic views. Little gear needed.
Cons: 
Scree near the summit in late summer.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Total Distance: 
11.00 mi (17.70 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
5,480 ft (1,670 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
4,880 ft (1,487 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Light snow in the morning and afternoon.
30°F
20°

Sun

Partly cloudy throughout the day.
37°F
25°

Mon

Mostly cloudy until evening.
37°F
29°

Tue

Partly cloudy in the morning.
45°F
31°

Wed

Partly cloudy starting in the evening.
49°F
35°

Thu

Clear throughout the day.
53°F
37°

Fri

Mostly cloudy starting in the evening.
50°F
35°
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The South Sister is a spectacular introduction to non-technical mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest. The trail up ascends through a dense hemlock forest before emerging into mixed alpine terrain and red cinder scree fields. Throughout the course of the route you'll catch breathtaking views of Mount Bachelor, Broken Top and the Cascade Range. The trail skirts the edge of the crater rim and curves around Teardrop Lake, the highest lake in Oregon, eventually arriving at the summit. From here you'll see the neighboring Middle and North Sisters, and on a clear day you'll have no trouble seeing Three Fingered Jack, Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood and Black Butte.

For climbers eager to get an early morning start, the Devils Lake trailhead offers nine campsites at no additional charge on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also soothe your feet in the chilly lake water after a long day of hiking. No matter what time of year you go, always remember to bring sunscreen and the essential mountaineering gear.

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