Mount Bachelor Trail

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Distance2.9mi
Elevation Gain3,177ft
Trailhead Elevation6,462ft
Top9,067ft
Elevation Min/Max6462/9067ft
Elevation Start/End6462/6462ft

Mount Bachelor Trail

Mount Bachelor Trail is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 6,462 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,177 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. The trail ends near Mount Bachelor (elevation 9,052 feet).

Mount Bachelor Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Mount Bachelor (aka Bachelor Butte) has plenty of year-round backcountry for skiers and riders."

"In many ways, I think hiking to the top of Mount Bachelor is sort of silly. It’s a ski resort, for crying out loud. Hiking a treeless slope underneath a chairlift is hardly the plunge into nature that most people crave when they seek out a hiking adventure."

"Mount Bachelor is a central Oregon landmark with its distinctive symmetric shape and isolation from the peaks of the Three Sisters group. Known as Bachelor Butte originally, the mountain was renamed in the wake of the Mount Bachelor ski area’s increasing popularity. Now known for its snow sports, Bachelor is also a good scrambling destination.

Once the ski area closes the slopes are uncrowded and you can get a close look at the northside cirque and summit features without the distraction of skiers or snowboarders. The views of the Three Sisters and Broken Top are amazing as you ascend the northeast side of the mountain. On a clear day the many lakes and central Oregon Cascade peaks add to the worthy summit view. Special considerations: Route is open only after the resort closes for the season. You may need crampons and an ice ax."

Mount Bachelor Trail Reviews

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1/16/2010
Great beginner loops for first-timers and plenty of guidance from friendly locals eager to point you in the right direction. Perfect place to learn.
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7/17/2008
A bit difficult to locate a trail head but starting from Sunrise Lodge and heading up a ski run will generally intersect the trail at some point. Head directly towards the top of summit lift line to meet the trail at the lowest point. Beautiful hike through Lodge Pole and Ponderosa until above tree line. Trail then proceeds through rock and scree to the summit. Steep and slow-going last 1/2 mile or so. Views make effort worthwhile. Trail may cross snowfields even in late summer. Depending on snow conditions, crampons may be a good idea on steeper slopes. Some run-outs end in rocks.
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8/2/2005
After parking in the Dutchman Flat sno-park lot, find the trail to the summit leaving from the Blue Lodge in the Sunrise Lodge parking lot. The first mile winds through forest across two ridges, and and underneath and besides the Summit Express and Rainbow ski lifts. The trail is easy to follow. After intersecting with a maintenance road, the second mile of the trail continue up the ridge to the ski hut. This is a much rockier and steeper trail, but still easy to follow. Trekking poles are useful here for balance. There are beautiful clumps of purple penstemmon and Indian paintbrush along this portion. After passing the hut on the right side, make a short traverse north to actual summit. The views from the top are glorious: from Mt Adams and Mt Hood in the north to Diamond Peak and Mt. Thielsen in the south. Time to the summit was 2 hours fifteen minutes, elevation gain was 2800'. The trekking poles are also useful for glissading down from the summit crest on snow patches that linger into September.
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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
Parks
Deschutes National Forest, Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District, and Mount Bachelor Resort
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Bachelor, Mount Bachelor Ski Trail Map
Local Maps

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Nov 2018