Little Brother—Three Sisters Wilderness

September 21-22, 1974

This trip was beautiful in perfect hiking weather. The Hatches preceded the main group in on Friday and set up campsite at Arrowhead Lake. Wayne packed his own rubber raft in and established a scenic cruise service to all interested. The hike up the cliff to the lake is not too difficult to negotiate, but understandably, a bit awkward with full packs.

Saturday afternoon some of the group made a side trip to the Obsidian Falls while I scouted out our best route to Little Brother as none in the group had made the climb before. Sunday morning, after a windy but clear night, we were up at 5:30 and on our way at 7:00. We went east out of Arrowhead then northeast up a long draw, after leaving our packs close to the Scott Camp Trail. After reaching the ridgeline we made a lateral move across a few snow speckled meadows and we were on the Red Ridge for an easy walk up to the summit area. Not much scree and no exposure, though the height is 7810 ft. We were all on top at 9:00 and after an intensive orientation session, we enjoyed a leisurely walk out, lunching and reminiscing at Sunshine and then out to the cars at Frog by 3:00. The little melt-off lakes and flowers were indescribably joyous. We saw climbers on the ridge of the North. A few side comments—Wilderness permits are definitely necessary as we were checked for ours by the Forest Service at Frog Camp. The area is definitely showing signs of overuse so I’d advise getting wilderness permits early for any planned trips into the Three Sisters Wilderness area for next year. Also, for geologists, the viewpoint of the whole sweep of the Collier Glacier area is magnificent from the summit of Little Brother. Nice trip with nice people. With the leader were Jay Anderson, Al Gamache, Lee and Wayne Hatch, Dorothy Hayes, Dorothy Leland, Tom Rhodes and leader Parker Riddle.

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