Snowshoed from dutch flats, perfect weather, some amazing views of the sisters and broken top.
Solo hike. Beautiful day, temps in the 50's and sunny, little wind. About a foot of snow on average. Started on the trail but lost that early on, then just took the path of least resistance heading slightly NE following some bootpaths. Found the trail just before the summit. There was a guy on the summit preparing to ski down the N face with his dog, so I watched him do that (looks seriously fun) and headed down. Up in an hour, down in 30 minutes. Great day.
Had the day off from work so made the 30 minute drive from bend and did a quick little morning hike, could see as far south as Mt Scott.
About an hour hike up the trail with Rico (10).
A bit of work in soft snow.
I had a nice jaunt up this little guy while my wife was in a business meeting in Bend. I couldn't help but have elevation envy when looking at Bachelor on the way down, next time. It was sunny and windy with nice views on all four points of the compass.
A nice brisk autumn morning hike with Laura, Sady and myself.
Lots of wild flowers, nobody on the trail, and great views of Bachelor and the Sisters Complex the top.
Quick early morning solo hike. Drank too many Twilight Ales the night before and this was a great way to sweat them out. Clear skies and nobody on the trail - all in all, a great morning in Central Oregon.
Great skiing down in winter...quick, HOT hike in the summer. The views in any season are worth the jaunt!
Shared the duty of "Breaking Trail" with a trailhead acquaintance. Knee deep snow seemed a bit heavier than this area usually has to offer. The top was breezy with a mix of snow, sun, & fog.
Took off with 2 beginner showshoers and had a wonderful hike through the trees untill we got into the open section of the trail. There we ran into whipping winds which made it not so fun without goggles. We all had a great time. We did have to tire through some thigh deep powder until we found the well used path.
Still tons of snow, skis on car to car. I wanna' ski the Sisters now. I just moved to Bend and need to meet some climbing partners.
I did this little hike on snowshoes. Nice views from the sisters and broken top down to thielsen . Views to the north were pretty nonexistant due to clouds. I saw 3 other groups who were all on skis and even two guys on snowmobiles at the summit. this is a pretty fun snowshoe climb but the noise from all the snowmobiles below kind of detracted from the experience a little.
Another quick snowshoe trip from the snopark, but this time there were views on top. The clouds would occasionally break enough to see Broken Top and the Three Sisters. Mt. Bachelor was bathed in sunlight a few times. Bend could even be seen below the cloud ceiling.
A short jaunt on snowshoes from the Dutchman Flat SnoPark to low visibility and no views on top. A few skiers were making turns in the cirque. Foot-thick rime ice coated the trees near the summit.
Fun snowshoe hike. Rime-ice on trees as you approach the top makes for an eerie looking maze =) Ran into a couple of teleskiers at the top... looked at my snowshoes and envied their descent.
The Tumalo Mountain Trail was a fun little hike to the summit. The trail went through forest first, then into a sparsely-forested high-elevation area, with a few pines that were bent over from the high winds that frequent the area. The trail got steep at the very end. At the summit, it was quite windy, and there were small patches of snow. The view of Bachelor and Broken Top and the Sisters was great. You can see the Tumalo Creek Canyon from the summit, and, just south of Broken Top, Ball Butte. It took me about 50 minutes to reach the summit. I recommend this climb.
Hiked this one with my buddy Bill from Spokane. Forgot to get a Sno-Park Pass and the cops were in the lot ticketing people so we cut back to the Sunrise Lodge lot, parked and then hiked back to the trailhead. Pretty easy climb in blue skies. Would have been great to ski down the steep back side but we hadn't brought skis. Very cold and windy up top but awesome views of all the central Cascades.
One word of advice, drive extremely slow on Cascade Lakes Highway in winter as there is tons of black ice. Mt. Bachelor shades the road in the afternoon and all the melt on the road freezes soon after. I lost control of my Jeep and did a 360 across the other lane into a snowbank and then was bounced back across both lanes into the snowbank on the other side of the road. Luckily no one was coming towards me or we would have been in bad shape. Thank God there's lots of good beer in Bend because I needed it when I got there.