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This was a beast of a hike! We did it Nov 18th on a beautiful Sunday. We overdressed and had to shed layers on the way up. The first few miles are on a nice trail and pretty easy, then you get to the rocks. The trail is marked by white dots on rocks and some ribbons on trees. We lost the trail both on the way up and back down which added to our trip and involved climbing more rocks and crossing a scree field. We did a little over 10 miles out and back in about 6hr 45min. We spent a little time at the "false summit" to eat and then continued on up to the top. Beautiful views and totally worth it, but be prepared for a battle. This is a mountain and you best be prepared to climb rocks using all 4's.

Did this one in August. View at the top was incredible.

A challenging hike with a rewarding view at the top! We went in the winter and it was cold and snowy at the top. Very beautiful.

backpacking
15 days ago

Counterclockwise is definitely the way to go. I'd much rather start the trip with the burned forest section and end on a beautiful note than vice versa. If you go clockwise you also have to start with an immediate straight up hill. Gorgeous trip though either way.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this hike back in July of 2015. Incredible views. Camped by the parking lot and headed out early in the morning. Took about 5-6 hours total, I’d say.

hiking
20 days ago

11/25/2018 - Road closure for the winter was a little early this year, so you can't get to the trailhead unless you hike back in about 8 miles from the closure by Mt. Bachelor.

A great alternative (without the views) is the six lakes loop on the south side of the road closure. I went and did that instead. Beautiful but very snowy.

Terrific hike. Great view from the ridge a little past the lake.

Great climb. Long way until you get to the actual mountain. Trail climbs then sorta flattened out a few times. It was nice to have those breaks.

Completed Pole Creek to Camp Lake in mid-November. I would have gone on to other Chambers Lakes if I had a bit more daylight as was day hiking. Can’t wait to do this hike again next season and see more lakes. Whychus Creek crossing is notable. Camp Lake is stunning and was frozen.

Three pristine lakes with an awesome view!
This was a lovely trail with a lot of runnable sections. The views just kept getting better as I went! At the top of the climb where there is signage to turn to Diamond Peak view, I took a right and got a great look over the Rosary lakes. From there I continued up the PCT to an intersection for the maiden peak shelter. Would have liked to go to the top of maiden peak, but it would have tacked another 6+ miles to my trip to do it from the shelter. All in all it was 12.5 miles from the highway 58 parking lot TH to shelter, round trip.

backpacking
28 days ago

Finished Summit 11/17, just days before road closures to be set. It was a beautiful clear day with amazing views that make the strenuous climb worth it. Had micro spikes on and took ice axe just in case but didn’t need it really. Summit is tough in November but not technical. Take plenty of water, I didn’t and regretted it.

hiking
28 days ago

Loads of bugs, loose soil on the way up makes the climb difficult, but the view from the top is worth it. We were fortunate to be hiking this trail during the "California Tortoiseshells" migration; Thousands of butterflies swarmed us near the peak.

I did this on 11-12. It was very difficult and snow/ice were everywhere after the first mile. If you’re going to attempt it have an ice axe and crampons. It was super sketchy coming down with the snow melting and soft. The views were first rate and incredible at the top but be prepared.

Very pretty, starting to get snow now though

Nice hike. Still very little snow. Gear: trail shoes, shell pants and top, thermal. Was upper twenties to start (9:30ish) and warmed up quickly. Trekking poles would have been nice. Once you are about a mile from the summit stay close to the ridge and avoid the scree field.

hiking
1 month ago

Very difficult. I am in shape, but still took me a long time to reach the summit. Worth every bit of it though, the views from the top are unlike any other. Best hike in Oregon for sure

hiking
1 month ago

Insane day up at South Sister. Snow covered 95% of trail and I was only able to reach the summit because I brought an ice ax and crampons. I would not attempt the last 200 ft without at least an ice ax.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up past Moraine Lake today for lunch and views. Was nice to be in the snow and get another hike in before it gets too snowy. Was fine with hiking shoes and poles. Mostly snow covered starting about 1/2 mile in from the trailhead.

1 month ago

I went again after the first attempt and I can say this is my favorite trail so far. It is really hard and demanding and also dangerous. I agree with the fact that this trail could be marked better. Even when I loved the snow the first time I went, I would never do this trail in those conditions, following the trail in the snow is really complicated and it was overwhelming for me. The second time,I got lost twice, one in the way down from the top. Fortunately I was able to follow a group of ladies that guided me to the main trail. I was by myself and I started late, I would recommend to get there really early if it’s the first time, so you can have time in case you need it. Besides everything I said, I would do it again and again. Loved it!!

hiking
1 month ago

I went in September.. first time hiking this one.. what a nice view on the way up to the summit..

backpacking
1 month ago

I've hiked this trail twice so far. Both times I went clockwise and not the ccw most recommend. I prefer getting the elevation done the first day, camp around green lakes then hike the rest in the morning.

hiking
1 month ago

This was our first summit and it did not disappoint. Weather was foggy and misty. Lower section of the trail through the forest is gradual. When the trail meets with the PCT is when the steep grade starts. It only gets worse from there. The main trail is to the left on the mountain but is hard to find at times. Very rocky, do not trust your footing. Many loose boulders and slabs. You feel this one in your glutes the next day!

We did the pinnacle, on a very windy, foggy day with no experience. It wasn't all that bad. Took us a bit to scramble up- maybe 15 minutes. Hung out at the top for a bit and came back down. Came back down SO fast (not even 5 minutes). Including *many breaks* we did this hike in a little less than 8 hours.

8-18-18 western route. my fist time and made it! the hike through the woods is moderate and beautiful. There’s glimpses of Diamond Lake in front of Mt Bailey where we started. Once we got into the clearings it’s a gravelly hike up until we got to bigger and and more solid boulders and rocks which had better foot holds. At the base of the spire is an 80 degree rock climb to the summit. There’s plenty of good hand holds and even ledges that u can stand on to climb up to the summit. It took me 4 mins to get to the top and I had a friend at the base to give suggestions on which way looks better. The view is the best 360 I have ever had! The climb down was longer, ~15 mins. I had hiking piles until the rock scramble. I will do this again!

Great hike, really not hard tho. Took us 2hrs 30mins up, the first 5.5 miles are very easy and almost flat, from there on you hike up the ridge towards the lake, still very doable. The lake is gorgeous, just don't drink/swim, there is 5 elk carcasses in the water and 8 more on the ice.

one week ago, we went clockwise. Did hiker summit, camped a couple miles before wasco. 11 miles day 1. second day we added canyon meadow trail, and then continued back to loop and back to car at PCT lot. 17 miles day 2 for a total of around 28 miles in two days. Amazing and beautiful trip, highly suggest. Saw one mountain goat. Clear blue skies, just some cold cold wind.

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult trail that starts out easy and exponentially slows to a crawl scrambling through boulders at the top. The trail could be marked better! There are white dots on the rocks for the middle third but are mainly on the uphill side. Only 10% are visible while ascending making it a bit hard to follow. Near the top markers consist of small red ribbons in the few trees. If the trail was better marked I would probably rate it 5 stars. Great workout. Scenery good but many others better.

We hiked to the top yesterday. Weather was clear and the views were amazing - smoke was just a light haze in the distance. The hike is strenuous - I do the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway hike every year and this felt just as hard, although we were moving at a pretty good pace and I haven't spent any time at altitude this year so the thin air probably hit me harder than I expected. The top third of the mountain is composed primarily of loose volcanic rocks, gravel and sand. When it's very dry (as it was yesterday) this mixture is surprisingly loose, and the descent in particular was a bit hairy with slips and trips. I highly recommend bringing poles for the descent, even if you don't like to use them to climb up.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike from trailhead to Moraine lake with overnight gear was strenuous! Started hike around 1130am and got to the lake by 130pm. Once you get into the open desert it gets HOT and there is very little shade. Having said that, we just happened to hike this trail on the hottest day of the year with smoke surrounding us. Ate lunch, set up camp and were going to wait until the next day to summit but we met some new friends and decided to start our ascent at 215pm. The smoke didn't allow us to see the views very well but the mountain and glaciers alone was worth it. Summited at 700pm and got back to Moraine lake at 900pm. Just in time for sunset! 35,200 step day. Bring at least 4 litres of water, if not a water pump! Overall steps were 53,600! Can't wait to do again later in life.

hiking
1 month ago

This remains to be my favourite summit hike. The elevation is high, but no high enough for severe altitude sickness. Ridge at the top was my favourite part. Took me 3 hours up and 1h 45min on the way down. It was a beautiful clear day, wore a sweater and a tank top. Sweater only came in handy at the summit. Drank 2 litres of water and a gatorade bottle. Will come back one day.

off road driving
2 months ago

The last 6 miles to the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle and lots of patience. I read the road was rough, but this was ridiculous. I was stuck twice and had to turn around. I later spoke with a ranger and he said he wouldn't take his vehicle up there and that most use an ATV to access the trailhead.

The trip was still beautiful and I did a lot of exploring. Just wished the road condition was better publicized.

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