The mid-morning hiking group trekked to the expanse below South Sister on Sunday, July 29.
Oregon’s third-highest mountain, at an elevation of 10,358 feet, dominated the landscape for much of the hikers’ day, although there were also views toward Mt. Bachelor and Broken Top.
“We started at Devil’s Lake and headed up the trail alongside Hell Creek,” says hiker John Mowat. “This is the trail used to climb South Sister.”
The hikers ambled by an especially huge glacial rock, stopping for a while to check it out (first photo, below left).
Hikers eventually headed up for a view toward Moraine Lake, which is at the base of South Sister, then retraced their steps some and headed the opposite way toward Wickiup Plains and Rock Mesa Flow.
“This was a fun hike because the shade of the trees was delightful on a hot day, the views were fabulous and the company was marvelous,” says hiker Dawn Sykora.
(Photos by John Mowat and Dawn Sykora)