South Sister


Backpack - South Sister

Backpack to Beautiful Moraine Lake where we will spend the night prior to an early summit up South Sister. This is a very steep and challenging non technical climbing route.

  • Strenuous 5
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 10,363 ft
  • Pace: 1.5mph

Meet at the Devils Lake Trailhead at 1pm on Saturday October 5th. Please note that this Trailhead is a little over 6 hours from Olympia. 

From Bend

  • Drive 22 miles west on the Cascade Lakes Hwy. After passing the Mt. Bachelor Ski area, continue about 6.5 miles and turn left into the Devils Lake Campground. (Total of 28 miles).

*Leaders Permission Required*. I will be looking for participants who have had or will have nontechnical summiting experience such as Mt. St. Helens, hikes above 8000ft, and hikes or backpacks with at least 4000 ft gain in four miles. It is important to me to have participants who enjoy hiking in a group and have patience for others on the trip. Preference will be given to participants who have gone on a challenging Mountaineers trip this season.

** NOTE ** Sign up will be first-come-first-serve, you're welcome to request permission in advance but you will have to register when registration opens.  There won't be any advance registration.

Saturday we will hike 3 miles with 1350 feet of gain to Moraine Lake to spend the night. We will wake up early Sunday morning for either a sunrise or early summit up South Sister. Early Sunday we will hike 3.5 miles with 3500 feet of gain at a very slow pace. No technical skills should be needed but be prepared for steep loose rock scree. We will only summit in good weather.


South Sister

  • USGS South Sister, OR

    Green Trails Bend - Three Sisters No. 622SX

    Green Trails Broken Top No. 622
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Ursack or Bear canister for food storage.
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Hiking Poles and gaiters highly recommended.
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