|Black Sister on Sisters (Approach) Ridge|
|Mike & Rita on White Sister (Black Sister in Background)|
|North Sister from Sisters Ridge|
|Starting up The Elks Club Wash|
|Merging with Nutans Road|
Two days prior, we had checked out a wash that we named The Elks Club Wash. This wash is a direct route up to the final steep climb to the Sisters Ridge whereon Black Sister reigns. It is a nice wash that appears to be used by horses and elk. (Thus, the name!)
|Continuation of The Elks Club Wash|
Part of the wash is also accentuated by a small mining road called Nutans Road. There is a small spur off the wash that leads up to an area of old mine artifacts about half a mile from the trailhead located on Lee Canyon Road just after its junction with Deer Creek Road.
|Mountain Lion Dinner Dishes|
|Nearing Top of The Elks Club Wash|
Finally, we reached the top of the wash that came out exactly at the Resting Saddle before the steep climb to the top.
|Starting Steep Climb up to Sister Ridge|
We did rest. Discussed. And, decided to continue up regardless of the wind. Perhaps a little risky but we were strong experienced hikers and we were determined, Black Sister or BUST!
|Deadwood Landmark at end of Sister Ridge|
|Mike makes last Approach to Black Sister|
|Rita scrambles Up|
We descended the wash picking our way down following the occasional vague trails and bulldozing through the deadwood. We "hugged" the hillside on the left as the wash curved around.
|Mike on White Sister|
There is a wash fork in this area so we were careful to ignore the wash heading to the right. Sometimes, our wash was wide and brushy leaving us to find the wash in the trees ahead.
Keeping true to the left curving direction, the wash became more spread out and brushier but staying the course proved to be a good plan when we saw the green roof of the house on Canyon Eye Road not far below. We stayed in the wash all the way to the dirt road and crossed it right where there is a sign on the tree warning of a dog somewhere in the area! This put us in the pine straw meadow that pleasantly led us directly back to the trailhead. The steep climbs were quite a workout and the wind never got the better of us! So, this is one way to get to Black Sister from Lee Canyon Road!
Stats: 3.5 miles; 1900' gain; 3.5 hours