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

Permit Info: The trail enters the Three Sisters Wilderness shortly after leaving the trailhead.  Wilderness Permits are required for both day use and overnight stays from Memorial Day Weekend until Oct. 31.  Free permits are self-issued at the trailhead.
Usage: Heavy
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Devils Lake-South Sister trailhead  May 1st - September 30th. 
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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Day Hiking

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.

Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.8 miles

  Elevation : 
5500 - 10358