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South Sister

Cascade Range, Bend, OR
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Ranked #11 of 27 attractions in Bend
Type: Mountains
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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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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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16 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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Bend, Oregon
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Great hike with great beauty, need to make a day of it. I'm 64 and my son in-law and 10yr old grandson also made the hike so it's good for all ages if your in somewhat good shape. Bring water and wear layers depending on the time of year. Check the weather before going and remember it changes frequently in... More

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73 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Sputh Sister is the easiest mountain to climb in the Three Sister Wilderness area. Depending on where you start the climb it can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours or even longer. The climb is not technical but it can be very difficult in some sections. Bring plenty of water, food and extra layers of clothes. The weather can... More

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We got a closer view from Hwy 242 McKenzie Pass. There are several mountains in the lower Cascades which compete for grandeur and beauty! Best place to see all of them is the CCC built "Dee Wright Observatory" at the highest point of Hwy 242.

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Bellevue, Washington
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148 reviews 148 reviews
73 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

If you are in reasonably good shape, a 12-mile round trip with 5000 feet of vertical elevation gain should be doable in 8-10 hours. Pick a good weather day, and note the forecast carefully to avoid getting into trouble. Water is hard to come by, you'll go through 2 quarts easily. And take a couple if extra layers, as the... More

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Layton, Utah
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70 attraction reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I wasn't sure I could climb this mountain, but managed to do it in 12 hours. The top 1/3 is has volcanic rock that make it harder to walk -- One step up slides back a half a step. The views from the top were stunning. The trail is easy to follow; there are a few branches off but they... More

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Hiked it with my 10 year old son (he is a runner and in good shape). It took a little under four hours to get to the summit and another two and a half to get down. We had great early-August weather and started at about 7:20 as it was to be a hot day. I highly recommend starting early... More

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

South Sister is a walk in the park. The views are stunning and the hike is straight forward, or shall I say straight up. Make sure you save some in the tank to walk around the frozen summit cone. This peak is hiked daily from Memorial day to the close of the Cascade lakes highway around November.

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