hiking
18 days ago

I took Mom on this hike, hoping we could both make it to the top. She made it up the talus slope to the north twin, and I went on to the south twin as well while she stayed behind. She was a little nervous at the appearance of the trail to the south twin, though in reality it was not as bad as the initial ascent to the north twin. Awesome views from both peaks. The south peak offers a bit more because it has the same view of the Sisters, Broken Top and a dozen other peaks, but it also has a view to the east and south. Over a half dozen lakes are visible from the trail including the entire outline of huge Waldo Lake below. There were swarms of mosquitoes waiting for us at the trailhead, and they were present everywhere except the very top. Picaridin repellent worked just fine to keep them from biting. This is no joke of an ascent. I'm proud of Mom that she made it up because it is mostly a relentlessly steep climb nearly from the beginning. It starts out gradual but gets steeper on the approach to the summits. Bring hiking poles or find a good walking stick along the trail. The descent on the talus lava rock back down from the summit is challenging for those without sure footing. I was fine, but Mom found it challenging. This is not a crowded trail. It seems not many people know about it, and the pull-off from the road is a little hard to spot.