I've actually climbed this mountain twice, but I've cheated perhaps 10 times. To be quite honest I enjoyed myself more every time I cheated considering I could ski down, climb back up and ski down 5.5 miles of uninterupted excellent terrain to the bottom of Northwest Express, then hit the lodge for food and more importantly beer, then do it all again. Always a classic. Summer mountain biking has left permanent marks on my body. I love Mt. Bachelor
With 30 cm of fresch snow, we were me, Il Marantz and Il Paglia in our ski American tour. A lot of wind at the top: stormy weather, snow and clouds but superb descent in fantastic powder snow!
There was a fire in the valley, view was obscured.
Took off early Saturday morning Dec 12, 2004 to snowshoe up Bachelor and get back down before the skiiers hit the slopes. We were up there 3 days after the huge avalanche swept down from the summit (check out http://www.bendbulletin.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=15086). At 5 am it was 37 degrees and raining hard sideways. Who would of thunk? So we slept in the truck for another 3 hours and headed up the groomed stuff once the rain was much lighter. We got up to mid mountain and found the summit chair closed. Awesome...We wouldn't have to worry about skiiers, not that there were all that many out on this FINE day. Mostly wet, we headed up the groomed some more until we hit Pole 19, which is the summit building. We were hoping to find a way in out of the elements but, no luck, all locked. So we got out of the hurricaine force winds on the lee side of the building long enough to change into spare clothes, grab food and some useless hand warmers and go back down. Aaron brought his snowboard and got down to the lodge the fastest, but not without a few yard sales on the way. There is something about boarding with a large pack on that does not feel the same. Jeremey and I were down in about and hour. I enjoyed the glisade on my new shovel and Jer was not far behind, with wet arse. About 2.5 up in snow shoes, which were perfect for the conditions. Any colder and crampons would have been better at the top.
I did this climb before there was a summit chair so this was a pretty good workout carrying skis and climbing in ski boots but well worth it. Skied the north face cirque and wiped out pretty bad! Best views around of the Sisters and Broken Top.
Started from the locked gate at Sunrise Lodge. I took 1.5 hr to the top and 1 hr down. Three Sisters were coated in white from an August snowstorm. This one completes all the "major" volcanoes in Oregon for me.
OK, Brian says we cheated bigtime. So be it. We wanted two peaks that day (the other was Maiden Peak), so needed to save as much time as possible. So we rode the lift and climbed the remaining 1300 feet or so directly up the north slopes and ridge. Gorgeous day and enjoyable hike.
Fun little day hike up a big looking mountain. Met up with Bill (Frostbite on SP) that morning, who decided to go up with me & Lara. Left the ski resort parking lot @ 11.21. We basically just zig-zagged up the mountain, taking whatever line seemed convenient at the time, mostly sticking to the snow to avoid the volcanic talus & scree. Summiting @ 13.51, we took in the spectacular views- seeing Oregon basically border-to-border (we were able to see from Mt. McLoughlin in the S, & able to make out the top of Hood in the N!), with especially spectacular views of the Sisters & Broken Top. The weather was nice, & we enjoyed an Anchor Steam (which I'd brought along) & a Pabst Blue Ribbon that I'd found along the way (score!), on the top.
Going down was fun too. Left the summit @ 15.07. One of the best standing glissade days I've ever had- we were probably able to glissade down over half the mountain! Climbing up one of the lift towers was fun, too. We each enjoyed another beer at the cars (where I arrived @ 16.33) before getting food. Another of the nice things about the day is the lack of people up there (aside from the guys installing the seasonal deck at the top of one of the lifts & resort employees driving around in the truck).
One of the funner hikes I've had in awhile, enhanced by the chill mood, mellow weather, amazing views, & great company!
Climbed as the first stage of the Raid X-adventure. Thought our 1 hour and 27 minute climb was good till I found out the top teams did it in 40 minutes.
Great views, and snow was firm.
West Ridge (April 30, 2005)
This time skined from the main parking area under Pine Marten and towards the west. The summit approach on skis is much steeper compared to the east approach. Circled around to south of summit and to the top. Snow conditions were just fine but an approaching thunderstorm chased us down quickly.
Cows Face Direct (April 3, 2004)
Perfect, clear and sunny weather. Skined up to the summit starting from the Sunrise parking lot. After admiring the Sisters panorama at the summit to the north enjoyed the ski down. Very fun mountain in nice weather.
Climbed with a group of Chemeketans as part of a ski-bike-climb weekend. The weather and conditions were great so we skinned from the parking lot up to the summit, admired the views for a while, and then clicked our heels in and enjoyed the long ski back down.
Well, there I was, at the top of the summit lift and hardly any distance at all away from the lift was the top of Mt. Bachelor. I couldn't resist, I grabbed my skiis, slung them over my shoulder and postholed up to the very top. The ski descent down through the bowl to link up with the Outback runs was nice though. I'll probably go back some summer and do it the right way, walk up the trail to the summit.
Okay, come on, is this really a climb at all? Nice thing to do while driving through, good exercise after a day in the car. But not really much compared to what's all around you
Have hiked and skiied this numerous times.
Looking for an easy climb relatively close to home, annaleiserabinek and I left for Bachelor late Saturday morning. Decided to hike the trail up rather than head straight up the lift to try and make a relatively un-scenic climb as scenic as possible. The switchbacking trail made for a easy hike to the summit. The view from the summit was amazing on a crystal clear day, no more smoke from the B&B Complex. All the way to Mt. Scott to the south, Adams to the north, Mary's Peak to the west and forever to the east. The Sister's and Broken Top take center stage though. Got tired of all the damn switchbacks on the way down so we opted to head down the Sunrise Express lift to the parking lot. Didn't notice the small sigh that warns of the gates being locked at 6pm, so were locked in for a bit, oops. No worries, security guard came along shortly and was cool about it.
My partner, Cornvallis, and I started out at the Sunrise parking lot "Trail". Hiked to the top. We saw five other people on the mountain and had the summit to ourselves. You couldn't ask for a clearer day. We could see south to Theilsen, north to Adams, west to Mary's Peak (highest point in the coast range), and east as far as the eye could see. Crystal clear and beautiful. We bombed down below the ski lift and to the truck only to be locked in. Those sneaky rangers close the gates at 6pm. We waited until Hal returned and escaped fine free. We were off to a hearty meal at the DesChutes Brewery in Bend. Watch out for the black beans with the enchilada...they are hot, hot, hot! Overall, a fantastic day!
A nice ,quick way to see all the surrounding volcanos in the Cascades from the top of Mt Bachelor. I have summited and skied this in the winter but thats cheating with the ski lift ! So my 13 yo daughter and I climbed this as part of our Cascade Volcano tour, car to car in 3 hours . Would be a great hike/ski in June .
I followed the skyline express chair lift to it's end and the made my way up the scree and few snow patches to the west ridge. It was a pretty fun climb, but all the trash from the ski area and other people really detracted from the experience. At the top I had beautiful views of The Sisters, Broken Top, and Jefferson. the view to the south was pretty obscured by clouds. I returned via the Mt. Bachelor trail which was a lot cleaner. I saw a total of 2 people on the mountain, and was also able to get pretty close to a deer without it running away.
Sure, every year thousands make it to the top of Bachelor sitting on their butts in a chair! But, it was a fun climb and a great way to spend Father's Day with my 13 year-old son Jonathan. Walked up through the ski area from Sunrise Lodge. Great day. Sunny and just a few clouds to the north. We were in snow all the way to the summit. Wonderful view from the top. Had the whole mountain to ourselves except for a couple people who were climbing with their skis and another party of hikers. We were able to glissade a lot of the way down.
From parking lot we followed a lift line up to some buildings and then straight to the summit. Hour and a half from parking lot to summit... rode the lift down from about midway to the parking lot =)