So this is it… The first hike! I chose to start this 17-month-long project off with an overnight backpacking trip to Sisters Mirror Lake for a few reasons. One, I’ve been missing the Pacific Crest Trail, which I hiked on for a good part of 2011. Two, August is the best time of the year to explore the Sisters Wilderness, when everything is in bloom and nearly all the snow has melted. And three, I wanted a nice spot to view the annual Perseid meteor shower.
I was joined by my friend, Kristy, whom has never been on an overnight backpacking trip before in her life. She was the perfect person to join me, as I love to introduce people to the wonderful world of backpacking. Kristy, in fact, purchased her first backpack an hour before we headed on the trip.
- We arrived at Sisters Mirror Lake an hour after sunset, finding a nice meadow with a big sky to cowboy camp (i.e. camping without a tent).
- The Perseid meteor shower did not disappoint! We saw nearly one hundred meteors in the four hours we watched the moonless night sky.
- Due to getting to sleep at 2am and waking up at 5:30am, I had a difficult time getting back to the trailhead. I was bonked, but had a really good time on this first hike.
- Date of hike: August 11-12, 2012
- Location: Sisters Wilderness, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon
- Duration: 15 hours
- Length: 9.4 miles
This map was made with the data my GPS captured on the hike.
For a more detailed trip report map, check this out.
Here’s more on the meteor shower: