Ascent of South Sister on 2013-08-20

Climber: Lane Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Sister
    Elevation:10358 ft / 3157 m

Ascent Trip Report

The 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
    Total Elevation Gain:4898 ft / 1492 m
    Round-Trip 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 

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