South Sister and Moraine Lake

6:49 p.m. on August 8, 2013 (EDT)
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I was able to go up to Oregon these past few days and visit a friend of mine who was spending the summer in Eugene.  A couple of friends of mine decided that this was a great excuse to get out there, so we packed up the car on Saturday and left for Eugene at 3 A.M.  After spending a night in Eugene, we headed out to Three Sisters near Bend.

We decided to do the South Sister Summit via the Green Lakes Trailhead, while basecamping at Moraine Lake for two nights.  We chose the Green Lakes Trailhead for the scenery and waterfalls.

The Green Lakes Trail follows Fall Creek, which included many impressive waterfalls:


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We made our way towards Moraine Lake at the trail junction and were surprised at how quickly we were able to arrive at our destination.  Even with a late start, we had plenty of sunlight left:


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Moraine Lake is beautiful.  We enjoyed the rest of the day in the late afternoon sun:


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The next day, we embarked on our summit of South Sister from our base camp:


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The trail up South Sister looked quite intimidating from Moraine Lake:


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The climb up was pretty tough.  The scree sure didn't help too much.  But the effort was definitely worth it.  About halfway up South Sister, we were greeted with a close up view of Lewis Glacier:

 

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After a final push up, we reached the false summit and made our way around the ice towards the peak:


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Upon reaching the summit, we soaked in the views and enjoyed some lunch up on South Sister:


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I definitely appreciated my experience hiking in Three Sisters.  This was the third 10000+ ft summit (Mt. Langley and Mt. San Jacinto) I have reached since tearing my ACL (playing soccer) back in November 2012 and my subsequent knee surgery in March of this year.  This part of Oregon was absolutely beautiful.  It was a long drive from Los Angeles and a tough hike up to the summit...  But in the end, it was completely worth it.

7:04 p.m. on August 8, 2013 (EDT)
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I hiked up So Sister about this time last year. The lack of snow in your photos is astounding!
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This was Lewis Glacier


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This is looking back toward Moraine Lake from the same spot (left side of the image middle of the border).

7:10 p.m. on August 8, 2013 (EDT)
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@Bill S: WOW!  I knew the Sierra Nevadas had little snow fall this year.. but it looks like that was the case up in Oregon as well!  The weather was so warm that we all went swimming in Moraine Lake.  My buddy even took a dip in the pool by Lewis Glacier, although that was way too cold for my comfort zone.  Gorgeous pictures by the way from South Sister!!  It's amazing to see the contrast.

10:43 p.m. on August 8, 2013 (EDT)
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Some awesome sites your seeing.Pictures are great..Thanks for shareing your trips..What time did you start out for your hike up?

11:17 p.m. on August 8, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks @Denis Daly!  We had late starts all throughout the trip.  I don't think we left the trailhead until 4:30 p.m. and we didn't begin our summit the next day to South Sister from Moraine Lake until possibly after 11:30 a.m.  However, since we were blessed with good weather and clear skies, we were able to take our time.  Since we started up the summit so late, we pretty much had the peak all to ourselves.  

6:56 a.m. on August 9, 2013 (EDT)
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That looks like a fun trip with some great views as a reward for your efforts.  Thanks for posting!

1:17 p.m. on August 9, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks @LoneStranger!  I appreciate the comments.  Definitely a HUGE reward!

9:20 a.m. on August 11, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice trip report. I love big waterfalls. You don't see them much in this part of the country.

10:57 a.m. on August 11, 2013 (EDT)
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Gorgeous views and what looks like a great day. Thanks for sharing.

5:21 p.m. on August 11, 2013 (EDT)
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@Goose @Peter1955  Thanks guys for the comments!  Very much appreciated.  Oregon's a beautiful state.  It's just too bad that the drive up from Los Angeles is soooooo brutal.  Our last night was a 15 hr marathon drive from Portland to Los Angeles.  But because we're all poor planners and never even thought about plane tickets till about 2 weeks prior to the trip, driving was the only option... but DEFINITELY worth it!

11:40 p.m. on August 13, 2013 (EDT)
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