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South Sister

Address: Cascade Range, Bend, OR
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Ranked #8 of 17 Attractions in Bend
Type: Mountains, Outdoors
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Springfield, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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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12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
74 helpful votes 74 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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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