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Three Sisters Wilderness Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,358'
Location: 44.1466, -121.7755 View Map  Incorrect?
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An alpine area in central Oregon with five peaks over 9,000'. South Sister,
Middle Sister, North Sister, Broken Top, and Bachelor Butte.
There are glaciers on the mountains, and many alpine lakes and
streams in the wilderness area, along with meadows and forests.

South Sister is the third tallest peak in Oregon at 10,358'.
North Sister is the fourth tallest peak in Oregon at 10,085'.
Middle Sister is the fifth tallest peak in Oregon at 10,047'.

Established Jan. 1, 1964. The area contains 286,708 acres.

The rock is volcanic junk.

Three Sisters Marathon:
The goal is to summit North Sister, Middle Sister, and South Sister in a day. It was first done on Aug., 8, 1931 by Cliff Stalsburg, Ed Johnson, and Don Woods.

Getting There 

From Interstate 5 in Salem, drive route 22 east, toward the town of Sisters and Bend.
Northwest Forest Pass required to park at most trailheads.
From Interstate 5 in Eugene, drive route 126 east toward Bend.

Nearest city is Bend, OR.

Climbing Season

Weather station 19.3 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Three Sisters Wilderness

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Three Sisters Wilderness:
South Side Route   Easy Snow     Snow, Alpine   South Sister
North Ridge (Renfrew Glacier)        Alpine, Grade III   Middle Sister
Northwest Ridge   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   Broken Top
North Ridge   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine, 3000'   South Sister
South Ridge   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Alpine, 1000'   North Sister
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Featured Route For Three Sisters Wilderness
Rock Climbing Photo: Approximate route taken in June, 2016

Thayer Glacier Headwall WI1 M3 PG13  Oregon : Oregon Volcanoes : ... : North Sister
Start at the Pole Creek Trailhead head. About two miles in you will go off trail and start heading towards the east side of the North Sister.You'll eventually make it to the Thayer Glacier. Once there make your way up and then choose a gully. The center one is the most direct. Depending on the gully you choose, this could be the crux. Depending the season this could be snow, ice, rock, or a mix of everything.All of the gullies lead to a steep snow field. Continue up and sligh...[more]   Browse More Classics in Oregon

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South Sister, 10,358'. Photo taken from approach ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Three Sisters. From the left, South Sister, Mi...
The Three Sisters. From the left, South Sister, Mi...

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