South Sister

Bend, Oregon

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Here’s a test of your quadriceps. This potentially grueling climb up the southernmost peak in the Three Sisters Wilderness is a great springtime snowshoe outing. From the summit of South Sister you’ve got the astounding reach of the Three Sisters Wilderness before you, as well as views north almost to Mount Hood, and south almost to Mount Shasta. The summit of South Sister is host to a dramatic teardrop lake that forms out of a depression filled with ice for much of the year. The climb up the peak leads you past yawning glaciers and dramatic fields of cooled lava. You’re likely to see other mountaineering enthusiasts here, some with skis or snowboards, but don’t feel like you need special equipment to climb this mountain.
Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

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by Shea Andersen (The Mountaineers Books)

Here’s a test of your quadriceps. This potentially grueling climb up the southernmost peak in the Three Sisters Wilderness is a great springtime snowshoe outing. From the summit of South Sister you’ve got the astounding reach of the Three Sisters Wilderness before you, as well as views north almost to Mount Hood, and south almost to Mount Shasta.

The summit of South Sister is host to a dramatic teardrop lake that forms out of a depression filled with ice for much of the year. The climb up the peak leads you past yawning glaciers and dramatic fields of cooled lava. You’re likely to see other mountaineering enthusiasts here, some with skis or snowboards, but don’t feel like you need special equipment to climb this mountain.

©  Shea Andersen/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 6,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: May through July
Trailhead Elevation: 5,400 feet
Top Elevation: 10,358 feet
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest, Bend/ Fort Rock Ranger District
Local Maps: Geo-Graphics, Three Sisters Wilderness Map; USGS South Sister
Driving Directions: Directions to South Sister

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