October 2011 – Hiking South Sister

Hiking South Sister is another one of those questionable day hikes but leisurely overnight backpacking trips.  I have done it as both a day hike and as an overnighter, and can attest to both being very rewarding in different ways.  Although the competitor in me says that everyone should experience it as a day hike, taking your time up this mountain is worth it; you’ll be rewarded almost the entire way with spectacular views of both South Sister looming right in front of you, as well as Broken Top, Bachelor, Jefferson, and some other mountains along the way to the summit.

The hike is about 12 miles round trip, so again, if you’re going to hike it in a day, it’s best to get there mid-morning.  You’ll also be gaining almost 5,000 feet in elevation, so it is not a simple up and back hike.  You may want to go into this hike already in decent shape.

I did this hike with some teaching co-workers of mine, one of whom had never done it before.  I’ll let the pictures do the narrating from here.

 

IMG_1444

A picture of the trailhead marker in Devils Lake Campground. Obviously this was taken on the back of a car.

IMG_1446

Dave’s alternative to sunscreen.

IMG_1447

After climbing steadily up for a couple miles, the trailhead evens out to an open plains area with beautiful views.

IMG_1449

A shot of Broken Top.

IMG_1450

A shot of Moraine Lake, with Broken Top in the background.

IMG_1456

Hiking across the ‘plains’ section with Mt. Bachelor (?) in the background.

 

IMG_1458

The campsite.

IMG_1460

What’s a backpacking trip without a fire and storytelling?

IMG_1461

The morning of our summit push.

IMG_1465

I believe the far mountain covered in clouds to the left is Bachelor.

IMG_1451

Zig leading the way, with South Sister in the foreground.

IMG_1470

The group on their way up.

IMG_1473

IMG_1476

At this point, the clouds hadn’t gathered as we made our way towards the top, so the views were stunning. This is a view of Broken Top.

IMG_1482

As we made our way steadily up the morning of the summit, the conditions got worse and worse. Not long after this shot was taken, two members of our group opted out of making a summit push. The other member, Zig, had never summited before, so after a brief debate about the possible dangers of climbing to the top in white-out conditions (I’d never attempted this before), we both decided to give it a go.

IMG_1477

Zig trudging towards the summit.

IMG_1479

And the rewarding view at the top… Okay, I guess the view wasn’t rewarding, but the feeling of accomplishment was.

IMG_1481

I decided to hike up with my camping stove and backpacking French Press so we could drink our reward at the top.

Advertisements

Categories: Pedals and Packs

Tagged as: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: