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hiking
23 hours ago

It was a good time to be had. Not too difficult, not the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Maybe don’t try to climb around the rim if you’re inexperienced or weary of heights.

on South Sister Trail

hiking
1 day ago

We hiked yesterday, beautiful but hard! I am a runner & in good shape but struggled with altitude as was a grind at certain places (smoke from fires didn’t help). Took us 8 hours & we started early at 6AM based on reviews which was good suggestion- gets hot! Dress in layers as hot on hike up but cooler at top. There are some rocky/ sandy sections where hard keep footing so be careful. Bring hiking poles, good shoes, lots water & snacks. Sadly 8/19 had lots smoke & think today & next few days will be worse so check air conditions & put off if you can as marred our views, although still beautiful. I saw a few dogs on trail & as a dog owner/ lover- don’t bring them! It is a hard hike- lots climbing & hot, rocky & hard on my feet so can only imagine theirs.

hiking
1 day ago

Still some lingering wildflowers. Upper meadow was lush and green on 8/12/2018. No mosquitos, some butterflies. Parking lot was full, but trail wasn't crowded at all.

backpacking
1 day ago

Camped in a wind shelter near the summit August 17 to 18, 2018. High of around 65 during the day and low of 40 at night, though it felt colder from the wind. From noon to 3pm, it is comfortable to wear just a t-shirt and shorts at the summit. Outside those hours, the temperature got chilly. Sunset, sunrise, and stars were fantastic.

hiking
2 days ago

Leave early, bring lots of water and don’t bring your dogs. Take your time. This was my first Mountain with high elevation gain and I took it slow. We left at 6 am and got back around 4:40 pm. Beautiful butterflies at the top. The smoke was a bit intense and didn’t let us see far out views but it was still rewarding.

I’m from Florida so this mountain was tough!!!! The elevation was hard on me. It just gets worst the higher up you go. I took two poles and thank god I did. They saved me twice from falling coming down. Bring lots of water and snacks!!

At the top, Obsidian Falls is worth the grueling hike. Good entry to 3 Sisters Wilderness for backpacking

Avid adventurer hailing from the Wasatch Front, Utah. This was a great hike, plenty of good elevation gain in various sections, views from all sections were amazing. Such and interesting landscape, really enjoyed the variety of environments. The lava field was amazing to look at from the false summit. It’s immense and is very Jurassic looking. The ascent up the ridge to the south sister summit is awesome, the only drawback being the volcanic sand that’s hard to keep solid footing on. The glacier on the right was beautiful and fun to look at. Reaching the summit of the south sister...greeting you is a volcanic bowl with a glacier and two small glacial pools. Plenty of great spots for scenic photos of the valleys and lakes below, along the rim.

backpacking
3 days ago

What an amazing hike,
Theres a huge Creek and such geometrical forms on the trail,
It was the perfect weather and great sunrise to watch

This is probably one of my favorite hikes I’ve done. It’s definitely a workout, but very doable if you have the right gear and endurance for a 12 mile hike. We started out early (6am) and were happy we did as it got pretty hot in the afternoon. Took us 5 hours to summit (taking a fair amount of water breaks) and 3.5hours to come down. I would echo the recommendations for good hiking boots, tall socks (gaiters, if you have them), hiking poles, and 3L of water. The views at the top were really incredible and worth every step!

Took us a little while to find the trailhead because we accidentally passed it and were looking past the campgrounds. The trailhead is right next to the first place you can get a wilderness pass. There's a second spot by the campgrounds which we made the mistake of going to. The trail was beautiful, just hard enough but not too hard and the view was amazing. Very busy trail though, lots of people to pass and let pass.

Great climb, great views, and overall great experience! The climb will test your endurance and potentially your route finding skills (although the snow is quickly melting).

I did it as a sunrise climb and it was well worth it!

Video: https://youtu.be/nQiuuwkJUkI

Great climb up to the top of Thielsen! The route is snow-free and tail is well-defined, basically up to the pinnacle.

For the summit pinnacle, head to the east face (right side) and look for a small gully. From the top of the gully, begin your accent on the far right and stay on that side for the entire scramble, shading slightly back to the south (left).

Not a terrible scramble if you're experienced, maybe class IV... if you don't have experience this one will scare the crap out of you due to its exposure.

Message me if you have questions! Cheers.

(Summit video: https://youtu.be/L9hKVbqGKtY )

Awesome hike! view was phenomenal! I think I'd prefer to do it with snow on the ground. It was a very toughugh hike with no snow. View is great the whole way up. Really hot once passed the tree line. Be sure to have your snacks, 3-5 liters of water, trekking poles, and sunscreen. Can get windy.

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing hike with amazing views. It was definitely the hardest hike I’ve ever done. Trekking poles are strongly recommended. The wind towards the summit can be extremely intense, so bring layers.

Tough footing, definitely recommend poles. Took me 3.5 hrs to summit and am pretty avid hiker. Breathtaking views of the other Sisters at summit along with about a dozen glacial lakes. Highly recommend this one!

hiking
6 days ago

With much anticipation we rose from our tent in Devils Campground to beautiful blue skies. This hike had been on our itinerary since spring so we had done a lot of research. Loaded with water, snacks, and extra layers we headed of on the 6 1/4 mile trail up. The first 2 miles gets your blood flowing as you moderately ascend through the woods. Couple miles in it flattens out into more of of high desert meadow scene which begins the parade of stunning views. At this point you don't know what the reviews of this being so hard are about. Around mile 4 you begin to realize whats in store as you can see the trail to the false summit steepens considerably. This particular day is also where the winds picked up and by the time we were up to the false summit it felt like we were in gale force winds. Taking shelter at the lake at the false summit we regained some warmth and adjusted to the elevation. The final leg of the journey up gets into some very loose footing and is quite cumbersome. Once at the top enjoy the views and sense of accomplishment. Though the trek down is almost as hard. Like most here recommend take hiking poles to help your footing. We were so thankful we did. Being that it was so cold we only drank half the water we took but could see on a hot day how you would need a lot. Overall we are glad we did this hike and will do it again. Albeit somewhat more prepared for the wind, cold and elevation. Take it slow and steady and you will get there too!

I had been thinking about this hike for around a year and was FINALLY able to do it (July 29th)! Camped at Devil’s Lake (USFS pass required to park- sold on site), left next morning around 8am. Really cold in the morning, wore two jackets and pants, but soon got too hot that I actually had to ditch one of my jackets in a bush and grab it later lol. Finished at false summit and refilled water bottles. Amazing views, ABSOLUTELY stunning. It can take a pretty big toll on you physically and mentally if you’re not well prepared. Next time I will definitely plan clothes-wise better (SHORTS, TALL SOCKS) and bring trekking poles, as well as a larger water bottle instead of bunches of plastic bottles. Oh, and sunscreen and bug repellent... I got severely burnt and legs DESTROYED in bug bites and forgot my sunscreen in the car!! Absolutely recommend if you’re prepared for it! I can’t wait to do it again, but better prepared next time!

Left from Todd Lake and it took about 6.75 mi to get to the top rim over looking the lake and the mountains. Beautiful views abound and the wildflowers were amazing in late July. The only issue is how busy it is. I went on a weekday night from the trailhead as the sun was setting and there were about 30 or so people up at the lake camping when I got there.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views, but definitely physically and mentally testing! I hiked this last week and brought 3 L of water, but was wishing that I had brought more by the end. Hiking poles were very helpful especially on the fairly steep descent. I would highly recommend bringing those as well as some decent hiking shoes. I consider myself to be in decent shape and hike quite frequently, so this trail was a good workout and I would definitely do it again. If you’re going just make sure to be well prepared with equipment, food, and water and make sure to pace yourself. Highly recommend this hike!!

It was the perfect weather, the smoke had cleared, and conditions were ideal!
The first part of the hike is pretty easy, up to the point where you intersect with the PCT.
Then the real elevation gain starts and it gets pretty tenuous on the loose rocks.
The climb to the summit is easy climbing, and we did it with minimal trad gear- I placed one piece of pro about 50’ up and there are plenty of places to anchor at the top.
Views are phenomenal, and exposure is significant but not crazy.
Rappelling off needs a 60 plus meter rope to get all the way to the base of the climb.
Super loose scree slope the way we went down which was fun in some places, and treacherous in others. Recommend ankle high boots or ankle gaiters to keep the rocks out.

Great hike on family vacation. Amazing views
Great workout

Hot weather and scary, burned forest, but the trail was easy and North Matthieu was beautiful. No bugs!

Pretty good hike and fairly easy. Less that 1000 ft of elevation gain and the path is nice. Lots of burn area which is a little unsettling. Most trees look like they could tip at any time. Both lakes are cool and it’s fun to see the PCT hikers come through! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

Amazing hike, you walk along the spring all the way to the top. Awesome views of Broken top and bachelor behind on hike up. No name lake and the views of the 3 Sisters is defiantly worth the hike. Pretty moderate hike for an awesome reward! Was able to get my Mazda up the dirt road to upper parking lot! It was about 8 miles round trip.

WARNING!!! I saw a Facebook post on “Hiking in the Pacific Northwest” and 16 DEAD ELK CONTAMINATED THE WATER AT NO NAME LAKE.

DO NOT RISK DRINKING EVEN FILTERED WATER.

PEOPLE ARE SICK JUST FROM SWIMMING UNDERWATER.

WATCH OUT FOR YOUR DOGS IF THEY DRANK FROM THE WATER.

hiking
12 days ago

I consider myself a moderate hiker and was weary of taking this hike, but once started was not overwhelmed by the gradual increase in altitude. Definitely used my sticks and was glad for them. We hiked 8/7/18 and only encountered a few mosquitoes, I had spray but my husband didn't and he sought coverage with a long sleeve windbreaker. I was not bothered at all. Yoran Lake was delightful and beckoned us to jump into it's comfortable clear fresh water. Some water bugs and flying pests, but nothing to run and hide from. Dog loved it too. Wilderness permit to fill out at the trail head.

Pretty popular trail considering the amount of traffic I ran into on a weekday morning. Road conditions on the way up are fairly poor and there is a lot of rippling of the gravel. Good hike with some cool views along the way. Glad I went once but I probably wont be back for a while.

It was a hot, hot day but the wildlife and flowers along the springs and creek that accompanied the trail were fantastic. No Name Lake breathtaking. I should have left my 11-year-old lab at home. Pretty tough on him but nothing lots of water and a cool, cleansing shower (for both of us) afterward.
I’m not a REAL experienced hiker, but this one was great in my book. The road up to Todd Lake tough. Have the right vehicle.

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