Mount Bachelor Trail

HARD 39 reviews
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Mount Bachelor Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sunriver, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2401 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

3 months ago

Little bit of snow as of 10/6/17. For those who don't know you can park along the highway when the gates are closed as long as you display a NW pass. Trail starts to the right of the ski lift, you'll eventually lose the trail due to snow but as long as the lift is on your right you'll be okay. Follow the trail behind the ski lift to make it to the real summit.

3 months ago

Smokey. hard to see much. steep but nice trail. I'm a slower hiker and it took me 5 hrs. 3.5 up.

trail running
4 months ago

Really difficult trail run! Had to run intervals to get to the top. Part of it is a semi-scramble. My dog came and enjoyed it too. Beautiful views from the top!! Took about 2.5 hrs RT hauling it with not many stops.

hiking
5 months ago

Slow going as it is very steep but the trail is pretty good through the rocky top mile (not a scramble like some other mountain tops). I usually average 30 minute miles while hiking, but this took me 5 hrs rt. I found my trek poles to be super helpful. Gate to the ski lifts was closed so we parked on the street. No toilets. Great views of Sisters and Broken Top.

hiking
5 months ago

Beyond gorgeous. Helpful tips! Park on the street and walk up to the ski lift and that’s where the hike actually starts! Only 3 patches of snow to cross which are very manageable. Was a little rocky and slippery in parts but overall very nice hike! 3 miles up and the way down is fast.

hiking
5 months ago

Great views almost the entire way up! Once you get past the timberline it is pretty exposed the entire way, I got VERY burnt. FYI- It's not cold enough at the top to need even a long sleeved shirt. There is a sufficient amount of snow to "butt-sled" on the way down as of 7/23.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is almost snow free as of 22 July.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

June 13,2017: Tough. For being out of shape and keeping away from the packed snow (intentionally) made for an unforgettable experience. This was my first time hitting the summit of Bachelor, as well as my first time snowshoeing. The 360o view of everything is spectacular. The winds were seriously kicking, to the point that both my little brother and I got nice little burns on our faces. I would highly recommend bringing a bandanna or some sort of face pro. I didn't wear gloves, but for comforts sake, I just may the next time, but it would have been unnecessary, practicality speaking. I only used a single trecking pole and that was sufficient. I certainly wouldn't want to try it without any. Obviously, stay hydrated. Just because it's cold and very windy doesn't mean you don't need to drink water. All in all. Awesome time. See ya next year Oregon.... maybe.

hiking
Friday, September 09, 2016

I hiked to the top of Mt Bachelor in early September. The main parking lot was closed -- constructions under way -- and I decided to park at the Tumalo Mountain trailhead instead, which added about 1 mile to the round trip total.

The trail, as the site's track indicates, starts at the South-South-East corned of the parking lot. From there is it pretty much a constant up to the summit.

Tthe first half is rather easy despite the elevation gain. The trail is soft and clear of obstacles, making its way up the slope in the forested areas on the Northern Slope. This section ends after crossing the second service dirt road.

From that point on, the trail becomes progressively more rocky and the switchbacks tighter to navigate the steeper profile of the upper part of the mountains. Trees give way to the classic lava and cinder cone rubble that asks for a more careful foot-placing. There is also a bit of a false summit effect when trying to reach the upper lift structure.

the top itself is a fairly large area with a "mole hills' feeling at a handful or small cones and craters pepper the area. The best views are from the North-Western side where the Sisters, Broken Top are front and center, with the rest of the Cascade peaks in the distance.

For a relatively short climb ( less than 3 miles one way), this one is certainly 'action packed' when it comes to the 360 degree views

hiking
Friday, September 09, 2016

Hike to the top of Mt Bachelor in early September. The main parking lot was closed -- constructions under way -- and I decided to park at the Tumalo Mountain trailhead instead, which added about 1 mile to the round trip total.

The trail, as the site's track indicates, starts at the South-South-East corned of the parking lot. From there is it pretty much a constant up to the summit.

Tthe first half is rather easy despite the elevation gain. The trail is soft and clear of obstacles, making its way up the slope in the forested areas on the Northern Slope. This section ends after crossing the second service dirt road.

From that point on, the trail becomes progressively more rocky and the switchbacks tighter to navigate the steeper profile of the upper part of the mountains. Trees give way to the classic lava and cinder cone rubble that asks for a more careful foot-placing. There is also a bit of a false summit effect when trying to reach the upper lift structure.

the top itself is a fairly large area with a "mole hills' feeling at a handful or small cones and craters pepper the area. The best views are from the North-Western side where the Sisters, Broken Top are front and center, with the rest of the Cascade peaks in the distance.

For a relatively short climb (

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hiked this with our Apex group on 8/16/16. This nice views at the top. Not too difficult , a little scrambling close to the top. Back down to the road and hiked the road over to the lodge, got a snack, watched the mountain bikers then rode the lift down. Great hike

hiking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Great hike with awesome views at the top! A little tough because of the loose ground in spots but overall a good one. Took 3 hours round trip with about 15 minutes at the top!

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

Slightly more difficult than we thought it would be, because finding the trailhead wasn't as easy as the instructions we were given. That said, it's a great hike. Great views and fun terrain.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Great hike - sadly low cloud covered a lot of the view , but still a good hike.

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

Fun trail with amazing views from the top.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Didn't find the trailhead but simply started up the Marshmellow run to the Summit express lift. Take the Cat trail to the arrow pointing to the rest of trail. Had a great time! Beautiful views!

hiking
Monday, July 06, 2015

Spectacular views from the peak and along the way. Added some floral shots to show Mt. Bachelor's patriotic side this past Independence Day.

hiking
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Climbed Mt Bachelor on Sept 6th. 2 hours up, 1/2 on the summit and then 2 hours down. Great views in all directions. The trail starts just to the right of sunrise run. Park along the century drive as the Sunrise lodge parking lot is closed. go to the right in the parking lot and you will see the trail.

2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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