|It`s a non-technical but very demanding climb of the state`s third-tallest peak.
About the Hike: Oregon`s third-tallest mountain has a path to its top. Admittedly, the trail up 10,358-foot South Sister is exceedingly steep, long and rugged, but no technical climbing skills are required and the rewards are great.
From the summit - a broad, snowy crater with a small lake - you can see half the state. If this sounds too demanding, here`s a secret: the loop to Moraine Lake, halfway up the mountain, is just as picturesque. This lower hike avoids the final trudge up cinder scree, yet still offers views 100 miles south to Mount McLoughlin. What`s more, the weather`s better here. The summit often generates its own little cloud, complete with whiteouts, wind, and a miniature blizzard.