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.