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South Sister

Cascade Range, Bend, OR
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Ranked #8 of 27 Attractions in Bend
Type: Mountains
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Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We hiked to the summit in September 2014. It was a long day (9-10 hours return), but one of the best hikes we've ever done.

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Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

In late August, 4 friends and i, after a couple months' worth of planning, achieved the summit of this, Oregon's third highest peak. Other reviewers have commented on the climb, and I agree with all of them- last 1000 feet is tough as you are on scree- loose gravel, the two-steps up, one-step back variety. You can circumnavigate the summit... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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133 reviews 133 reviews
46 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Went with our 15 yr old and reached the summit on the first attempt. It took us 10 hrs for the round trip of 12.5 miles with 5000ft elevation change. This included around 2 hrs for enjoying the views from the summit, lunch, snacks, filtering water from Lewis glacier. We started at 7 am. The parking lot was already full... More

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Denver, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

5000' up the trail provides you with excellent views of many Cascade Range mountains and dozens of lakes. Allow 1 hour per 1000' gain. Allow extra time if you're out of shape. Use hiking poles!! Take plenty of water, and snacks or food. Can be cold at the top so bring a good windbreaker. Trail is easy to follow in... More

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Bend, Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

It's a full days hike and will leave you sore the next couple days, but it's worth it and something you must do while you're in Bend. The entire way up is beautifully scenic. There's a glacier right before the steepest part up where you can refill water if you have a water filter as well. You'll be glad you... More

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Mundelein, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a group of advanced and beginner hikers. We started out at about 10:30 in the morning and hiked up to Morraine Lake where we ate lunch. The lake is a gorgeous setting, surrounding by ridges and the South Sister summit. The hike was difficult, uphill for about 1000 feet.

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San Diego, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I came through Sisters about 3 years ago, and the downtown reminded me of an older woman past her prime. Sad. When we came to visit Bend I picked up a magazine that said Sisters had a face lift, that the traffic wasn't nearly as snarly and there were much wider walkways. All true! We had a good breakfast at... More

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The hike is definitely hard work but there are beautiful surprises around every corner. I hiked all the way to the top with my soccer team and it is AMAZING at the top. But definitely make sure you have plenty of water and snacks and warm and cool clothes, it gets kind of cold at the top. I highly recommend... More

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Bend, Oregon
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93 reviews 93 reviews
17 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Walk to the top of the mountain. Yes, walk, not climb. Awesome views as expected. Wear good shoes. Bring gloves, items to cover your face, and a good windbreaker coat.

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Redmond, Oregon
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88 reviews 88 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

It is a long and at times difficult hike, however, no mountain climbing experience or gear is neccessary. A great way to spend a day (and it usually takes about all day)

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