The Best of Mount Bachelor

The Best of Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor, near Bend, Ore., is part of the Three Sisters Wilderness Area in the Deschutes National Forest. The Three Sisters are the adjacent peaks of Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top and Mount Multnomah. Mount Bachelor is home to a variety of year-round activities including, hiking, climbing, skiing, camping and fishing. Nearby Bend offers a lively nightlife where you can wind down from your daytime adventures.

Camping

There is no shortage of campgrounds in the area surrounding Mount Bachelor. For an inexpensive camping experience, you can stay at one of the lakeside or riverside campgrounds in the area, which the U.S. Forest Service Operates. All designated National Forest campgrounds have water and toilets. Some even feature modern restroom facilities as well as showers. Staying on one of the Deschutes National Forest's mountain lakes will assure spectacular views of the surrounding peaks as well as close fishing accommodations.

Skiing

Mount Bachelor is home to Mount Bachelor Ski Resort, where you can hit the slopes all day during the winter and enjoy the on-site nightlife in the evening at the resort's lodge. The ski area receives an average snowfall of 387 inches each year and has 10 chairlifts, serving 71 runs and 3,683 acres of terrain. With the summit at 9,065 feet above sea level, Mount Bachelor is the highest ski resort in both Oregon and Washington. The mountain's high elevation allows the resort to remain open from November to May.

Hiking

During the summer months, with the snow mostly melted, Mount Bachelor becomes a hiker's playground. After climbing the more than 3,000 vertical feet to the summit you are rewarded with expansive views of the surrounding Cascade mountain range. Challenging terrain on the mountain includes difficult summit climbs, dense forest trails and rocky, technical terrain. The surrounding area also abounds with exciting and scenic hiking opportunities. The Deschutes National Forest has hiking trails that pass clean mountain lakes and rushing streams. Whatever your hiking ability or preferences, you can find a trail to suit you.

Biking

In addition to great skiing and hiking, you will also find well-maintained and challenging mountain biking trails on and around Mount Bachelor. Visit one of the local bike shops in nearby Bend before heading out to get up to date information about new trails and mountain conditions. Deschutes National Forest Service maintains a variety of mountain biking trails, from easy paths, to difficult single-track routes. This includes the Mount Bachelor trail, which begins at the Sunrise Lodge at Mount Bachelor Ski Area and offers views of Bachelor's two sister peaks.

Article Written By Jim Jansen

Jim Jansen has been writing articles since 2005 and has been featured in publications such as "The River Watch," and also contributes to Trails.com and LIVESTRONG.COM. He has a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Michigan State University. Jansen specializes in outdoor recreation and environmental topics.

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