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The South Sister is the easiest of the Three Sisters to climb. It is also slightly higher than the other two peaks - the Middle and the North - at 10,358 feet. This is Oregon's third highest peak, after Hood and Jefferson. Late in the summer, a trail exists up the south side. You take the Cascade Lakes Highway for almost 30 miles SW from Bend to the Devil's Lake campground. Follow the South Sister's climbers trail on the north side of the road up a steep draw. You leave the forest after about 1.5 miles, intersecting a trail that will lead off to Moraine Lake to the right. You continues north to the vocano's base. The trail now will go ever higher, intersecting a climbers' trail coming up from the Green Lakes to the east and skirting the Lewis Glacier. Up the scree slope to the crater rim and you are almost finished. The true summit is on the NE ridge of the crater wall. Total time from Devil's Lake is 5-8 hours. The Crater is fairly wide atop the South Sister and inside it lies the highest 'lake' in Oregon, an American football-shaped lake. The view from the north edge of the crater is amazing. All of the volcanoes from the other nearby Sisters to the far distant Rainier can be seen, all lining up in a row.
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