Ascent of South Sister on 2013-08-20
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Tuesday, August 20, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||10358 ft / 3157 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe trail from Devil's Lake is very good well past Moraine Lake, until you come to the cliffs below the big moraine, where it's broken up into numerous paths. From the moraine lake at the foot of the Lewis Glacier, it gets really steep and the going is tedious over red cinders. The crater was full of snow and ice except for one small pond. I hiked around the rim of the glacier to the summit, where there were about a dozen guys already there. The air was so clear that we could see Mount Rainier in the far north. Heading down, I crossed the crater snow field. Since I was one of the first at the top, I had only seen a few climbers; but when I went over the rim, I could see groups coming up. Everyone seemed to be in a good mood because of the nice weather. I'd guess I saw between 200 and 300 climbers on the mountain. It's a 12-mile round trip hike, but it seemed longer to me, and I had to rest several times going down. Thank heaven I had my trekking poles; otherwise my knees would have been shot.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||4898 ft / 1493 m|
| Distance:||12 mi / 19.3 km|
| Route:||S. Sister Climbing Trail #36|
| Trailhead:||Devil's Lake 5460 ft / 1664 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Time Up:||6 Hours |
| Time Down:||4 Hours |
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