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“Advice For Climbing A Gentile Giant”
Review of South Sister

South Sister
Ranked #25 of 95 things to do in Bend
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Bellevue, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
282 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Advice For Climbing A Gentile Giant”
Reviewed August 21, 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 temperature on the summit will be 15-20 degrees below that at the trailhead, and likely windier as well.
My summit day was fabulous. Visibility from Mt Scott (Crater Lake) to Mount Adams.

Visited August 2013
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Layton, Utah
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559 reviews
150 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 418 helpful votes
“Great summit”
Reviewed August 20, 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 meet back together.

Visited July 2013
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Spokane, Washington
2 reviews
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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 in the warm weather as it makes for a far more pleasant hike - we met a lot of late-risers when we were coming down and they did not look like they were enjoying the heat at all. Incredible views, good trail, and amazing geology - this hike will be the highlight of our trip to the Bend area. Anyone who is in decent physical shape can do this hike. Just pick an easy pace you can maintain, eat before you get hungry, and drink before you get thirsty (start out well hydrated and take at least two or three quarts of water). The hardest part is the last two miles on the way down.

Overall, an amazing hike. I don't know of another place in the lower 48 where you can see so much amazing scenery in 12 miles.

Visited August 2013
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Bend, Oregon
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“12 miles, No Problem!”
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.

Visited September 2012
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Sisters, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“Alpenglow on the Central Oregon Cascade South Sister Volcano”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Evenings, when the sun is sinking, early morning with the first rosy rays of dawn brushing the snow with delicious colors, that is the best time to view the South Sister Volcano. I love to visit the area in the winter, the cloak of snow makes the mountain the most beautiful, unlike the kind of dusty views of summer. The views form Mt Bachelor are the best, especially from the summit, where you stand nearly upon the same altitude, so close you can almost touch the huge mountain. The views from Broken Top area in late summer are astounding also, and a hike to the Green Lakes in late fall, with the first dusting of snow, that is fantastic too! All in all, I never get tired of gazing upon the majesty of The South Sister Volcano!

Visited January 2013
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