Ascent of Three Sisters-North Peak on 2019-03-23

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Date:Saturday, March 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Three Sisters-North Peak
    Elevation:7760 ft / 2365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Here is an interesting alternative to the normal park at the paved Buffalo Street parking lot and head up the main trail. We parked on car at the main lower parking lot at Dedisse Park across from Evergreen Lake. We parked another car at the large dirt parking lot of West Buffalo Parking Lot which is the on the far western end of the 3 sisters Alderfer Park. The idea was to traverse through both parks. It was under 4 miles.

We headed across the main open grassy field past Gilligan's Island. Instead of climbing up Alderfer Hill we continued down to the big open grassy meadow and open country hiked to near the bottom before taking the dog an up climb bushwhack towards the three sisters formations. Not sure which formation we would finally run into, i recognized our bearing was going to put us on a collision course with the North Sister. We intersected the backside trail of the Sister Trail and headed up to the saddle. Several other people would enjoying the sister although there was still quite a bit of ice and snow to contend with. Karen wore aggressive microspikes and I stayed in boots. Karen had never climbed up the middle peak of the North Sister which is the true summit about a 3+ crux move depending on how you climb it. It is a bit trickier with snow and ice than in summer.

We then took the west side of the Sisters Trail and took it around and over to the Dedisse Trail which winds down and around the Dedisse ridge over to the golf course and then eventually to a nice pedestrian bridge that crosses Bear Creek which was ripping with snow melt. Crossing the road you follow the trail system in Dedisse Park back to you car although their is a quite a meandering trail system in Dedisse to get back to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:500 ft / 151 m
    Total Elevation Loss:440 ft / 133 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
44F snow melting out windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:305 ft / 92 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 60 ft / 19 m; Extra: 245 ft / 74m
    Loss on way in:245 ft / 74 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Traverse through both parks see GPS
    Start Trailhead:West parking lot of buffalo  7700 ft / 2346 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:195 ft / 59 m
    Gain on way out:195 ft / 59 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:Dedisse Parking Lot  
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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