I have been reading and doing research on this mountain and finding out that it is a ski resort and you can sort of hike or climb to the summit along the ski lift starting at the Sunshine resort. I am planning to get camp site(s) for us at Tumalo State Park so it will be close to where we need to be at. You will get a magnificent views of the mountains like The Three Sisters all the way down to Mount Shasta on a clear day. I have included the South Sister climb to make the event more fun and challenging.
This will be a two day outing.
Saturday - We meet at a private residence at 6amand drive down to Mount Bachelor Sunshine Resort (between 9am and 10am). We will climb to the summit of Mount Bachelor. 2,500 elevation gain. After the climb, we will look for a campsite, set up our tents and other goodies. We will have an option if you want to do a sunset hike or stay at base camp.
Sunday- We will wake up, eat breakfast and get ready to do South Sister climb. It is about 12 miles round trip and 4,500 elevation gain. This will be optional if you want to climb or not. We will figure something out if you want to hike instead or relax at base camp. After the climb, we will break down camp, eat dinner if everyone is up for it and head home.
THIS IS TENTATIVE SCHEDULE and we will play it by ear.
We will likely look for camp site at Tumalo State Park or other area close by.
We will go at a pace where people are comfortable at, about 2mph. If you are one of those people that likes to hike fast and do not make frequent stops to take breaks and enjoy the scenery, this hike might not be right for you. Please be in at least reasonable shape.
Here is the web link for more info:
Hiking time: Approx 4-6 hours depending on the pace.
Distance: Approx 4.4 miles round trip (out and back)
Elevation gain: 2,500 feet cummulative gain
Difficulty: difficult to challenging
Hiking/Climbing time: about 6-10 hours depending on the pace
Distance: about 12.4 miles round trip (out and back)
Bring: 2 liters of water, ten essentials: According to the Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 6th edition, the ten essentials are:
Map Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra food Extra water
Extra clothes Headlamp / flashlight
First aid kit
Fire starter (matches, chemical heat tabs, canned heat, or a magnesium stick)
, good hiking boots, good hiking pole(s) ((you need them for balance, descending, and not hard on your knees) (of course, it is optional)), non cotton clothing, sun screen, lunch, snacks.
Depending on the mountain condition(s), please bring microspikes, ice axe, crampons (optional).
The meeting location will be determined and will email you where we are going to meet. Also, I would like a little contribution to the camp site fee. The gas expense at the discrestion of the driver. I will keep you posted on the event and in case the weather forecast goes bad, I will have to cancel the event for the safety of the group.
Please RSVP yourself to the waitlist and will pick the member for the event based on the question you answered. Also, please submit your climbing resume. Much appreciated. I am looking forward to hosting and leading this event. Thanks.
Directions to Tumalo State Park
From the west: Follow Hwy 20 east of Sisters approx. 15 miles. Watch for hwy signs at Tumalo Junction. Turn right onto OB Riley Rd. and continue 1 mile to park. The campground will be on your left.
From the north: Follow Hwy 97 south of Redmond, approx. 10 miles. Watch for hwy signs at Deschutes Mkt. Tumalo Rd. exit. Turn right on Tumalo Rd and continue 4 miles into Tumalo. Turn left onto Cline Falls Hwy and follow signs to Hwy 20; cross Hwy 20 and continue 1 mile to park on OB Riley Rd. The campground will be on your left.
From the south: Follow Hwy 97 north thru Bend. Go west on Hwy 20 toward Sisters 5 miles and watch for Hwy signs to Tumalo. Turn left at Tumalo Junction onto OB Riley Rd. and continue 1 mile to park. The campground will be on your left.
From the east: Follow Hwy 20 into Bend until it intersects with Business Hwy 97 (also known as 3rd St) at the light. Turn right and follow follow Hwy 97 through town, exiting on Hwy 20 west heading towards Sisters, about 5 miles. Turn left at Tumalo Juntion onto OB Riley Rd. and continue 1 mile to park. The campground will be on your left.
13000 Century Dr Bend, OR 97702
Directions to Mount Bachelor
Driving from the Portland Area - North
From Portland, get on I-84 and take the Wood Village Exit Turn right on NE 238th Dr. will turn into NE 242nd Dr Turn slightly left onto NE Burnside Rd., becomes SE Burnside St. SE Burnside becomes US-26 E (BE AWARE, this is a Safety Corridor! Traffic fines DOUBLE!) Stay straight to go onto US-97 S Get off on Exit 138 Downtown/Mt. Bachelor Right on NW Colorado Ave At first roundabout continue on NW Colorado Ave At second roundabout take your 3rd right onto SW Century Drive Follow SW Century Dr. 21 miles to Mt. Bachelor – road ends in the West Village parking lot
South Sister driving direction
Getting There: Drive 28.5 miles west of Bend on the Cascade Lakes Highway. Beyond the Mount Bachelor Ski Area 6.5 miles, turn left at a Devils Lake Trailhead sign and park at the end of the campground loop.
PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trail-head or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.