South Sister Climber Trail


Dogs need to be on-leash on trails in the Three Sisters Wilderness (Green Lakes, Moraine Lakes,

Dogs need to be on-leash in Three Sisters Wilderness on: Green Lakes, Moraine Lakes, South Sister, Soda Creek, Todd Lake and Crater Ditch Trails, from July 15 to September 15. 

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail climbs steeply over rugged terrain and loose cinders to the summit of South Sister. Because of the popularity of this trail, it is highly recommended to avoid weekends.

Know Before You Go: Rapidly changing and harsh high mountain weather requires thorough preparation for this climb, even when the skies are blue at the trailhead. Early season snow climbs require an ice axe and knowledge of its use for safety. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: New for 2020, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.
Permit Info: The trail enters the Three Sisters Wilderness shortly after leaving the trailhead.  Day and Overnight visitors: Central Cascades Wilderness Permit required between Friday of Memorial Day weekend and the last Friday of September; reserve at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Parking: a valid recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment or Central Cascades Wilderness Permit holders must leave a permit trailhead vehicle pass in vehicle.
Usage: Heavy
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Devils Lake-South Sister trailhead in addition to a Central Cascades Wilderness permit.
Information Center: Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest
  • 541-383-4000

General Information


Please avoid parking along the highway.


This trail begins at the Devil's Lake Trailhead, 29 miles west of Bend, just off of Cascade Lakes Highway.



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  Area/Length : 
4.8 miles

  Elevation : 
5500 - 10358


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