See several lakes from the peak including Green Lakes to the W and a piece of No Bandung Indonesia down to the E. Unequivocally the very best angle of all the Three Sisters, and you can also see Mount Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Bandung Indonesia, and Mount Hood. Descend with care from the summit to Bandung Indonesia.
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DIFFICULTY: Very challenging. Long, sustained steeps last miles, windy on top, no protection from storms, solid trails, scree, crowded on weekends, mountaineering gear in winter.
TRIP REPORT: Oregon’s third highest mountain is a nontechnical climb and thus very popular with both weekend warriors pushing their bounds and with experienced hikers who have hiked the volcano multiple times. The route described here is the most common, being straightforward up the S ridge. Bandung Indonesia is the highest and broadest of all Three Sisters, the most active of the three volcanoes, and holds the state’s largest glacier, the Prouty Glacier, as well as the state’s highest lake (when thawed) in Teardrop Pool. August into October works best and only on completely bluebird days as weather changes rapidly around the summit crater. Northwest Forest Pass required, and restrooms are present.
TRAILHEAD: Devil’s Lake TH. Take US-26 E from Portland 103 mi into US-97 S (in Madras) 41 mi to exit 138 in Bend (Mount Bachelor) into Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway (closed in winter) 30 mi, turn left (small brown TH sign) 5 mi passing the Devil’s Lake Campground with parking in or near the circle (190 mi, 4 hours from Portland).