Our small group hiked into beautiful Moraine Lake on a hot and smoky day to camp. This allowed us to start before sunrise with fresh legs to ascend South Sister. Few people were on the climber's trail on this Monday morning which is typically packed with hikers on any weekend day in September. Our group even had the summit area to ourselves! The smoke was minimal in the morning allowing for decent views from the summit; the air quality slowly worsened as we descended due to wildfires in the area (the smoke from one very close by was visible from the trail). Overall, it was a fun and efficient group to hike with.Members: Kimberly Van Winkle, Steve Cordon, Michael King.
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