Gale force winds at the top

Peak Summited2020 South Sister
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadSouth Sisters Trail head
EncounteredFall foliage
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnowfields to cross - could be difficult
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Got a real early start around 5:40. Had to use the headlamp for the first couple hours. Got to see an amazing sunrise on the way up. The trail was relatively good. Once you hit the first set of switch backs you know its going to start to suck more than a little. I crossed the first snowfield south of the saddle and it started to get windy. You know the deal, it gets steep and more switch backs in the scree. There was another snow field just below the summit but it wasn't too bad. The mountain was crowded this day. Im thinking most people knew it was going to be the last weekend to get it done in decent weather. Going down a=I ran into pretty much a conga line coming up. Lots of traffic. Kinda amazed me how some folks were so unprepared. No jacket, little or no water. The views were nice even in 65 mph winds but the coolest part of the hike was actually coming down and running into a red sierra fox, in the grey and black motif. It sure wasnt scared of me and looked in fine health. Long day over all, plus my Garmin crapped out but I got that box checked.


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