|Trail Terrain near South Sister Summit|
|Lee Peak (L) and Mt. Charleston (R) from Ridge line Trail|
|The Balance Log on the Crossover|
|Climbing to South Sister Saddle|
|Climbing Phase II|
|Lee Peak and Mt. Charleston from Phase II Climb|
|Approaching the Second Saddle|
|Ridge line Trail|
Phase III takes the hiker around the ridge line to the right as the trail undulates among the limestone rock. South Sister comes into view up ahead with steep rock cliffs divided by a tree covered dirt and rock slope. Here's where the faster hikers and the slower hikers divided as the ascent (Phase IV) stared at us in the face for the final climb. There are trails made by previous hikers and they all lead to the same place; the left side of the long peak above.
|Starting Up the Final Climb (Phase IV)|
|McFarland Peak from Final Climb|
|Nearing the Last Saddle|
|Up Scramble to Peak|
When the first hikers reached the peak, there was another group of hikers starting down the other side. They were on their way to do North Sister as well. We all signed the book then motivated by the dark clouds hanging over our head, we started back down. Just a few sprinkles wet our arms as the descent went smoothly. We stayed together for the duration of the hike.
|South Sister Summit Under Dark Clouds|
|Going Down Phase IV|