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Address: Cascade Range, Bend, OR
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Annual Rite of Passage

Living in Sunriver 45 minutes from the Devils Lake trailhead, climbing South Sister was an obligatory rite of passage when I moved to Central Oregon. After about 20 ascents, my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Leland S
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Sunriver, Oregon
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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Everyone gets out and floats the river on a hot day. Even the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation Dept. has a bus that runs just to service the River Rats. You can go online to get the bus route and schedule. Basically, it runs from end of school to Labor Day, all along the river, from the Riverbend Park to... More 

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Sunriver, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Living in Sunriver 45 minutes from the Devils Lake trailhead, climbing South Sister was an obligatory rite of passage when I moved to Central Oregon. After about 20 ascents, my preference is to do it early in the season when the slopes are still covered by snow. With crampons and a pair of trekking poles, you can traverse the slopes... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My brother and I hiked South Sister. The day we hiked was overcast. We has read that it was not recommended attempt to summit on anything but a perfect day, I see why now. I split up the hike into thirds in my head for ease of explaining. The first third is lots of uphill in heavily wooded forest. Beautiful... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

The area around the South Sister is one of my favorite. Several lakes, diverse terrain, a waterfall or two if you know where to look and wildlife. I've climbed the South Sister a couple of times too and it's not for the weak of heart as it is pretty strenuous.

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Thank RICoups
Jupiter, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

We did the Devils Lake trailhead and went straight up!! It was only a 1 1/2 m trek to the lake but it kicked our butts! Look! We're 50/60 and in good shape. Loved walking in the forest. The lake is an ok view. Refreshing. Good exercise. Fun!! Just take your time.

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Pasadena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

This South Sister is part of the Three Sisters, a complex volcano with three volcanic peaks in central Oregon. The South Sister is the tallest with its peak at 10,538. The Middle and North Sisters sit next to each other and are 10,047 and 10,085, respectively. In the air, the visit is spectacular!

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Left Devil's lake parking lot around 6 am to hike up the South Sister. A steep climb to start up the Devil's Lake trail but once you are out of the woods, the trail is not as steep. Great views of everything as you get closer to the summit. The top is incredible.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

Such an amazing place. If you are close to the mountains then you will see tall pine trees and lovely streams. As you head east the landscape quickly changes to desert. Within 15-20 minutes you go from forests to high plateau. It happens so quickly that you never notice the change!

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The Green Lakes trail is a great way to see South Sister and the water falls on the way up to the lakes. You cross the creek several times on the way up. About 4 miles each way with 1500 vertical.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Very tough hike but well worth it. The veiws are awesome. Anyone who is a bit in shape could do this hike. Watch out for signs of elevation sickness because the degree of grade increases significantly at about mile three and goes from 5000 feet to 8000 feet in about a mile.

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