Mount Bachelor Trail

HARD 22 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.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2660 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sunday, September 06, 2015

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

hiking
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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.

snowboarding
Tuesday, December 09, 2014

snowboarding
Monday, December 08, 2014

snowboarding
Monday, December 08, 2014

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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

hiking
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

snowshoeing
Sunday, May 04, 2014