August 19, 2005
After stopping at the McKenzie Ranger Station to pick up a limited
access permit, we continued up the Old McKenzie Highway to Frog Camp
and its excellent, ample, individually shaded parking circle at the
After a dull 3½-mile gradual ascent through the forest, the
path climbs over a lava wall for a great first view of Obsidian Cliffs
and the Sisters.
Crossing a stream and going up a lava flow the way winds left at
Minnie Scott Springs junction to Glacier Way.
Along White Branch Creek, through Sunshine Meadows, we passed a trail
junction where the stream winks widely down a slope from the south where
Arrowhead Lake waits for a different trip.
½ mile up a smaller trail heading toward Middle Sister, we began
bushwhacking off the trail to the left.
Traversing up steep, loose
scree for two miles to a view of Little Brother’s steep, sandy,
south shoulder, we ascended that for a view now 3060 ft. higher than
the trailhead and lunch atop the 7810 ft. narrow ridge of sharp rocks,
with a vast chasm separating us from N. Sister.
It was a hot day.
Thanks to drivers Rich Romm and Lynn Frost.
John Andriola (non-member),
Jim Fritz (leader),
Lynn Frost (non-member),