I debated whether or not to post this hike, partly because I can’t exactly recall the route we took around South Sister. It was July of 2013 and my wife and I just felt like a quick weekend hike. We decided to do a long two day hike and cover as much ground as possible, starting at Devils Lake Campground, which is the same campground most people start at to climb to the summit of South Sister. We bought a pretty basic Three Sisters Wilderness map, and the plan was to simply take trails throughout the Three Sisters Wilderness, camp for a night, do some quick day hiking the next day, and then bust it back to the car that afternoon.
Without getting too mundane with trail numbers, we hiked along the southwest side of the mountain, and eventually met up with the Pacific Crest Trail. Our final destination ended up being next to a small shelter almost directly west of South Sister, called the James Creek Shelter. There is so much trail to explore in the Three Sisters wilderness that I wish we’d given ourselves a week instead of two days, but unfortunately, someone has to work to pay the bills (my wife). However, as you’ll see in the pictures below, the landscape changes drastically depending on how close you are to the mountain. I hope to head back to Three Sisters Wilderness at some point and do a more thorough exploration of the trails around the Three Sisters. For now, this will have to do.