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 =)
No crampons required. Took southern side of bowl above ski area. Up and back in 4 hr 45 min.
I decided in the morning to summit something and Mount Bachelor is an easy drive from Portland and can be done in a few hours so I drove there, missed the trail to the summit, but headed up through the ski lift area (flashbacks to my Mt. Hood summit). Managed to make the top of the lifts through the loose scree and vague trails and found a trail through the rock field to the one glacier on Bachelor. From here I screwed up and decided to ascend the right side of the glacier without crampons. When it got too steep, I walked the edge of the glacier but it quickly became a deep gulley that went nowhere so I had to climb the loose ridge to my right. Each step loosened up the ash/rock mixture above me and I had to plan my steps to the rock ridge, move quickly and think "light" thoughts. Once on the rock ridge it's an easy scramble/steep hike to the summit. Enjoyed great views of Broken Top, all Three Sisters, Mount Washington and Mount Jefferson until a storm blew in from the south. I took the trail down under the thunder and made it back to my Jeep unscathed. It makes for a nice day hike/summit and there are few people above the ski lift area. I had the mountain to myself and loved it.