Richard and Joel on North Sister
James, Joel, Bill, Leo, Richard, Andrew, and Fred pose at the trailhead
One of the beautiful bristlecones along the way
Taking a short break after completing the steep climb up to the ridgeline
Terry approaching South Sister with Mt. Charleston in the background
The group leaving South Sister en route to North Sister
Bill, Fred, Leo, and Andrew descending the chute from South Sister
Terry negotiating a class 3 wall
Richard and James among the bristlecones
Summit photo from South Sister
Our group of eight (actually nine counting Leo's super dog Doodlio) set out to climb a pair of limestone siblings, otherwise known as South Sister and North Sister, on a beautiful Sunday morning. For those not familiar with these peaks, they are located in the northern part of the Spring Mountains. They are both just over 10,000' (South Sister is the taller) and we approached them from the beautiful Mack's Canyon route.
We kept a pretty good pace as we ascended the steep drainage up to join the ridgeline that leads to South Sister. We only encountered a couple of small snow patches in the drainage despite this being a very high snow year in the Spring Mountains.
On the ridgeline, we followed the faint trail up some steep talus to the final chute to the summit. From the summit, we noted the dark clouds over Mt. Charleston in the distance, but were fortunate that they never came closer. We shared the summit with two other guys and their dogs (the only other people we saw all day) and I pointed out the route to North Sister to the group.
While the Sisters are only about a half a mile apart, the route between is quite convoluted and makes going slow. There are several tricky spots as you traverse along rocky ledges to get to the saddle between the Sisters. Our group spread out quite a bit, and since I wasn't in front, I was a little worried that our group up front would find the route to North Sister. However, they were all strong, experienced hikers and had no trouble at all.
Soon after we reached the summit of North Sister, the faster part of our group started down, descending straight back to the cars making a loop. The descent was quite steep but very direct, reaching the cars in about a mile from the summit of North Sister. After a quick stay on the summit to take photos and sign in, we followed the rest of our group down the steep slope.
As we descended, Richard regaled me with bizarre true stories about things that have happened in his neighborhood. It turns out he lives in the midst of some real characters!
We finally arrived back at our vehicles tired, but happy, after a great hike!
A dramatic view of Mt. Whitney from farther down
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The group posing with our Adopt-A-Highway sign on highway 157
Jose, Gloria, Alex and Sierra scour the desert for litter
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