Mount Bachelor Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Mount Bachelor (aka Bachelor Butte) has plenty of year-round backcountry for skiers and riders."
--Chris Van Tilburg, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"Mount Bachelor, erstwhile Bachelor Butte, is a high, uniform cone immediately west of Bend on State Highway 46. Bachelor is best known for its skiing, and hosts perhaps the most popular ski area in central Oregon. Geologists have speculated that the volcano is between eruptive cycles. Bachelor has a glacial remnant on its north slope, but north-slope fumaroles, which reportedly sometimes melt snow and trap unwary skiers, give a clue that the mountain is still active."
--Jeff Smoot, Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes (Falcon Guides).
"Mount Bachelor is Oregon’s premier resort destination for Nordic skiers. Skiers come from around the world to enjoy its reliable, relatively dry snow, sunshine, and long season. The trails have a few fine views of Mount Bachelor and South Sister, but views are not the main attraction. Cross-country skiers come here to ski on extremely varied terrain with excellent trail grooming. Quite simply, the Mount Bachelor Cross Country Center is the best groomed Nordic area in the state and one of the best in the country. A less tangible but important attraction is the sense of community among Nordic enthusiasts. The Cross Country Center’s lower-floor lunchroom is a gathering place for locals and visitors, from beginners to elite World Cup skiers. Two active ski clubs and a ski racing foundation work with the ski area to host a full calendar of clinics, races, and other Nordic events. Skiers from other areas envy this synergy within the Nordic community. Track Quality: Excellent classic skiing, excellent skating"
--Mike Bogar, Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Brittany Manwill , Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Barbara I. Bond, 75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents (The Mountaineers Books).
"The top of Mount Bachelor offers unparalleled views, but you’ll have to work for them by climbing more than 2,500 feet to get to the summit of this butte. Here you can get a good long look into the Three Sisters Wilderness and beyond. On a clear spring day you can see down toward Diamond Peak, to Mount Thielsen, and, I am willing to state, to Mount Shasta in California."
--Shea Andersen, Snowshoe Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
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