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Island Lake to 3 Three Sisters

Postby savagebear » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:06 pm

I'm taking my wife on weekend backpacking trip #2 the weekend of the 16th-18th of this month. My plan is to go into Island Lake (place for me to enjoy some fishing) and then try and do a fun/not too tough climb up to one of the peaks. Not sure if there is a decent trail/route from Island to the peak of Three Sisters and what the difficulty is. It's only 600 feet gain so that wont be tough from that standpoint but I don't really want to beat my wife up in the rocks trying to get to the top. The peak at approx. 10,200 to the southeast looks to be a great and easy alternative if 3 sisters seems more than what I want to put the wife through. Looks like it would have good views also. My wife is in good shape and up for a challenge but I don't want to frustrate her with a scramble over rocks that would ruin potential for future trips.

Any info/advice?



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Re: Island Lake to 3 Three Sisters

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:28 pm

The Three Sisters will involve some amount of bouldering regardless. I think the gradual way, up the eastern end, would be the least boulder-y.

There is a description on Summit Post with a topo map of a cross country route from Cliff Lake. You could go up the inlet stream of Island and work your way up the granite going east then hook back up the ridge - longer than climbing straight up, but less class 3-ish.

I've seen boy scouts go up the face of the middle sister... it's not terribly technical.
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Re: Island Lake to 3 Three Sisters

Postby Shawn » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:32 pm

It's been a few years, but as I recall Three Sisters is a straightforward and easy scramble to the top. As a matter of fact, on the way up my buddy engaged in conversation with three people on their way down. One of the three introduced themselves as wife, husband and...grandmother (no young granny either).

Anyway, here are a few pics (we approached from Courtright).

The view of Island Lake with South Lake in view from the summit of Three Sisters:
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View of the summit block (a walk up to the left of this image):
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A view of Three Sisters from the S/E:
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A few more images here: http://theradioroom.org/ThreeSisters.htm

Odds are there is a use trail from Island Lake to Three Sisters; if not you're looking directly at the ridge line to the summit so the route cannot be missed.
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Re: Island Lake to 3 Three Sisters

Postby Shawn » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:34 pm

Looks like AT and I replied at the same time; so...ditto what AT says.
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Re: Island Lake to 3 Three Sisters

Postby savagebear » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:49 pm

Much appreciated gentlemen. I think I'll leave the descision to wifey but think we'll make a go of it.
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