Ascent of Middle Sister on 2019-07-02

Climber: Sean King

Date:Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Middle Sister
    Elevation:10854 ft / 3308 m

Ascent Trip Report

Really enjoyable traverse of East Sister, Lyon County HP, and Middle Sister. After about 1.5 miles on the trail in the canyon, we turned off and headed up to ridge with East Sister. It was freakishly steep (1800' vertical gain in 0.7 miles), but we both really enjoyed getting up quickly. There was a bit of snow to dodge higher up, but we managed without too much trouble. It took 2 hours of hiking to reach the top of East Sister where we had wonderful views. After a short rest, we dropped down the brush mahogany slope to the saddle between East and Middle. We expected this section to be miserable after reading trip reports, but we didn't find it bad at all. We were able to find broken trails where others had walked and a considerable amount of clearings to allow for easy travel. It was definitely a lot easier than Desert Creek Peak which we hiked in early June. The ridge up to the Lyon County HP was straightforward and we soon arrived at the CoHP. After admiring the Macleod-Lilley register from 1999, we made the short hike up the Middle Sister. It had taken a total of 4.5 hours to reach the top. We took a 30 min rest up top and then headed down. We aimed for the canyon just west of East Sister where we found a very good use trail that avoided the mahogany and brought us back to the original trail. A few more miles and we arrived back at the car.

The total hike was 6 hours and 50 min covering 8 miles and 4100 feet of elevation gain. We were prepared for a long slog, but both ended up thoroughly enjoying these OGULs, our 16th and 17th.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3320 ft / 1011 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3320 ft / 1011 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Start Trailhead:7534 ft / 2296 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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