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South Sister

Address: Cascade Range, Bend, OR
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Ranked #8 of 24 Attractions in Bend
Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

A friend and I hiked to the top of South Sister and it has been one of the neatest things I have ever done. It is very strenuous and took us 12 hours but it was so worth it. The first part of the trail is through the woods with not too great views but once you get out of... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is an all day hike so be prepared. Bring lots of water and food... twice as much as you think you will need! Wear supportive footwear like boots with ankle support and a hiking pole or 2 is something I wish I had thought to bring with me. This is not a hike for young children or seniors. The... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We hiked a dozen or so trails in the area, but this was by far the most spectacular. The views from the summit are breathtaking. Actually, the views almost the entire way are amazing! But be prepared for a strenuous hike. It's long with a lot of elevation gain. We lucked out and had fairly warm temps at the top,... More 

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Springfield, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I've hiked to the South Sister summit 4 times now, most recently in August 2014 for my wedding. This is a challenging hike due to the elevation gain, lengthy scree fields and unpredictable weather but it will undoubtedly be unforgettable regardless of whether you reach the summit. The volcanic activity in the area tells an amazing geological story every step... More 

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Oregon
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

If you are an experienced hiker or someone with serious stamina, this hike is worth the effort. Even for someone used to doing 15+ mile hikes with serious elevation change, this trail is a bear. Very few switchbacks mean basically straight up for more than 5 miles and 5k feet of elevation change. Poles are a good idea for the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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46 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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