What to Expect Climbing Mt. Bachelor

If you’re anything like me, you may be obsessed with mountains and the idea of climbing them. If you’re also like me, you may not be ready to take on Mt. Everest or Kilimanjaro but don’t let that hold you back from summiting.


What to know Before

At 9,068 ft high Mt. Bachelor is one of Oregon’s many beautiful mountains located in Bend. This trail is rated Moderate, but I will say toward the top the climb becomes a little bit more challenging with loose rock so wear good shoes and watch your step.

This 6.2 mile roundtrip trail starts off at Sunrise Ski Lift. This parking lot is closed during the summer so you will have to park by the gate and walk up to the lodge where the trail starts.

This hike does not take the full day, so you can add it to your morning and plan for dinner in Bend that evening.


What time to Hike

Plan this hike for either the Summer or early Fall. We did the trip in early August and had perfect weather. Earlier summer you may have spots where you have to cross snow so keep that in mind with what shoes you decide to wear.

If you’re an early riser I image this hike is beautiful at sunrise. We did the trip midday and were completely blown away by the views at the top.

The Hike

At about 6 miles round trip, plan for between 3-4 hours depending on your fitness level and how often you like to stop while hiking. This is an out-and-back hike with about 2615 Feet elevation gain. For mountain summiting this is not a bad hike at all which is why I think I liked it so much! No mountaineering necessary.

What to pack

Wear good shoes and appropriate clothes. It was cooler when we started, but we warmed up quickly hiking up and then were chilly at the top. Wear layers that are easy to take off and on. Pack snacks/lunch, lots of sunscreen, and enough water for the day.

The view is well worth all your hard work to get to the top. Enjoy!


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