September 12, 1993
This annual trek to “the other side” requires an early departure to accomplish the
goal in a day trip, but to those who have journeyed here over several years, wonderful memories
of the special pumice/obsidian place at the base of South Sister remain.
The day was bright and sunny as we left the parking lot (overflowing with cars) at Devil’s
The trail climbs gradually through forest from 5400' to 6200' at Wickiup Plain, which is bordered
on the northeast by Rock Mesa and LeConte Crater (6680') jutting out of the Plain.
Several of the group opted to climb the crater and walk the trail around the rim, giving closer
proximity to South Sister’s southwest side; others continued on the trail to the P.C.T.
junction and along the Rock Mesa wall.
While we encountered two horse groups (one very large — 12 people, 12 horses), two small
backpacker groups (two persons per group), three day hikers and three hunters on the trail,
the wide open Plain, the wonder of Rock Mesa and the vast expanse of lava and pumice on
South Sister’s southwest side provided a true wilderness experience.
Hikers were non-member Jim Fritz and Obsidians Judy Forell, Maxine Hall, Charlotte Mills,
Mary Ellen West and leader Vi Johnson.