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New Meetup: Sisters Mirror lakes, Wikiup plain and Le Conte Crater.

From: Tom R.
Sent on: Sunday, August 23, 2009 3:46 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Bend Hiking Meetup Group!

What: Sisters Mirror lakes, Wikiup plain and Le Conte Crater.

When: August 29,[masked]:00 AM

Where:
Starbucks
Outside Safeway on Century Dr
Bend, OR 97701

This hike is rated Difficult.

This loop hike starts near Elk Lake and takes us to the beautiful Sisters Mirror lakes. We then join the Pacific Crest Trail and climb up out of the forest to Wikiup plain and some great views of South Sister. Then comes the tough bit of the day - a 300 foot aerobic workout up the steep and loose cinder of Le Conte Crater. But the view over the Rock Mesa lava flow to South Sister is worth it. After lunch we descend from the crater and loop back to the trailhead.

The hike is approximately 12 miles in length. The Mirror Lakes trail head is at an elevation of 5200 feet and the top of Le Conte Crater is at 6550 feet. You need to carry plenty water. Much of the hike is over the dry and exposed pumice desert of Wikiup plain.

This hike is in the Sisters Wilderness. Participation is limited to 12 to comply with Wilderness regulations. I believe dogs are allowed on leash.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/hiking-309/calendar/11180983/

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