|Charleston Peak from the Sisters Traverse|
|South Sister from the Trailhead|
|Hiking, Climbing and Scrambling up South Sister|
Following the United States Forest Service request, the crew did not park at the pay phone nor at the boulders placed at the former hikers' parking area at Old Mill. They parked off the pavement across Lee Canyon Road near the same place. Problem solved.
|Starting Traverse from South to North Sister Peaks|
|North Sister from Traverse|
The few words that Laszlo and Mike wrote tell us that the hike began by hiking up the road next to the Old Mill Picnic Area. Then, the route took an abrupt turn to the right as the twelve strong hikers began climbing directly up the large wash that ends at the South Sister Peak! After hiking up the traditional way for so many years, this new "no-nonsense" approach was a welcome variation.
|Balancing the Ledge|
|Down Climb on the Traverse|
Through these photos, eleven men and one woman (who seemed to stand back and calculate), we see and feel the lure of the peak.
|Serious Up Climb on the Traverse|
|Pep Talk from Coordinator before the North Sister Summit Climb|
|Final Climb to North Sister Peak|
5 miles; 2270 feet elevation gain; 4.75 hours
|Descent off North Sister - Black Sister in Background|
|Direct Descent of North Sister|
|Mummy's Nose & Chin from Direct Descent|