Central Oregon Mountains, Deserts, Trails, Ghost Towns and Fire Lookouts

South Sister in the Three Sisters Wilderness near Bend, Sunriver, Redmond, and the Mt Bachelor Ski AreaOregon's highest lake is in Central Oregon. Usually it's unnamed and forgotten, but a few maps name it Teardrop Pool, and it rests in the thin air, 10,200 ft high on the summit plateau of South Sister Mountain. The plateau, outwardly calm, sits on top of a giant but ice-filled volcanic crater, in one of Oregon's most active volcanic zones. South Sister ranks as Oregon's third-highest mountain peak (10,358'), just slightly less tall than Mt. Jefferson...... if you want to see pictures of the World's highest lake, click here! It's located in the driest region on Earth, near the Atacama Desert in South America where Bolivia and Chile meet-- the 19.000 foot high unnamed lake, like South Sister's Teardrop Pool, sits atop a stratovolcanic peak. The peak is named "Licancabur.," 19,409 feet high, the peak has ancient Inca sacrificial altar remains on its summit! Below is a sunset picture from the summit of South Sister (in this picture Teardrop Pool is frozen and invisible)....

Note tent and small black dog to the right of it! We are camping on the edge of a very recent volcanic crater; the permanent ice choking its mouth has been measured at about 200 feet thick. The photographer and his husky Kaila spent a spectacular night in the summit crater of South Sister....... the memory is of a feeling of Polar Emptiness embraced by nearby stars........ In the morning, the sea of clouds below was a floor upon which to dance.


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North Sister 10,085 feet

Ski-touring high on the east side of the North Sister. It's a trail-less area where you won't be bothered by crowds. Picture compliments KJs Upholstery, Bend. Author's favorite downtown Bend eating spot? The riverside delights of Bend's Pine Tavern, a local restaurant and icon since 1936.


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