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Mount Bachelor, South Sister Climb/Hike. 2 day outing.

  • Sep 21, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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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:

Mount Bachelor

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

South Sister:

Hiking/Climbing time: about 6-10 hours depending on the pace

Distance: about 12.4 miles round trip (out and back)

Difficlulty: challenging


Bring: 2 liters of water, ten essentials: According to the Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 6th edition, the ten essentials are:[3]

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)

[4] Knife

, 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.

Sunriver Resort

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.

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  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    Pictures will come up tonight. Thanks.

    September 25, 2013

  • B.G

    Glad to see everybody are safely back in their beds for the Sunday night. Sometimes it makes a lot of sense to let common sense prevail over the spirit of adventure. Especially when there were warning signs smeared all over the place. Hopefully the team takes my comment this with good spirits. Happy Monday to all.

    1 · September 23, 2013

    • B.G

      Not hiking on Sunday was an excellent decision.

      September 24, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    What a wonderful weekend for this outing. We swapped the mountains by climbing South Sister first. We battled 45mph winds towards and at the summit. The wind chill got to us. Anything that is liquid would freeze within minutes. We did not stay too long at the summit. We abandoned Mount Bachelor the next day due to high winds (100mph) and storm coming in. Instead, we hiked and toured around Newberry Volcano area in Bend, OR. At least I got one thing accomplished. Dinner and lunch was good after hiking and climbing. The team is solid and we all cooperated to make things happen. We stuck together the entire time and prepared for the worse weather condition. I am glad that I did not let my ego get the best of me by trying to attempt a summit on Mount Bachelor where the storm is coming in. I get to live to climb a mountain another day. The group is wonderful and enthusiastic. Thank you guys for the wonderful outing and Jesse for assisting me. I will see you on a next outdoor adventure.

    September 23, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    I just want to confirm it is still 6am meetup at private residence area. Thanks.

    September 20, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    South Sister climb weather forecast:

    Mount Bachelor climb weather forecast:

    Looks like we can do Mount Bachelor on Sunday since it is shorter and get done before the storm hits.

    September 20, 2013

  • Elinor

    Chatchay, I have to be in CA on business for the next week. I'm not going to be here for the hike. I really wanted to do this one. Maybe we can do it again.

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Sarah

    Hey all, I was a little nervous about going since my attempt at Mt Adams this weekend, but now with the potentially weather, I think it's best that I sit this one out. Be safe and have fun!

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • B.G

    wow! gonna be an awesome intro to winter camping, pack all the warm stuff you have got. bag rated 30F or less for sure! Good luck and stay safe.

    2 · September 20, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    I will send you guys update sometime tomorrow evening. Thanks.


    September 17, 2013

  • Nancy

    Going to camp Sunday night after dinner. So, if anyone is too tired or just want stay in the area, you're welcome to camp with me...maybe at Tumalo...

    September 12, 2013

    • Nancy

      Looking forward to South Sister! Will be coming back Sunday eve and not camping now.

      1 · September 17, 2013

  • Matt Z

    Note to all, it is also Bend Oktoberfest Friday and Saturday =)

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    The people on the waitlist have until tonight to send me their climbing resume. It should include what summit have you done, how many elevation gain and difficulty level. If you do not submit it, sorry, you cannot be part of the climb. Much appreciated. Thanks.


    September 16, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    I looked at the weather forecast for Mount Bachelor climb this Saturday and it looks like it is going to be light snow.

    September 16, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Camping at devils lake campground would probably be a good option. Should be spots open this time of year.

    September 12, 2013

  • Nancy

    Want to climb South Sister, but not both...could meet you at the trailhead on Sunday morning :)

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    I have updated the details of the event. Any questions, please message me or Jesse. Thanks.

    September 11, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    I will post and email you updated details very soon. Thanks.

    September 9, 2013

  • Matt Z

    Smith Rock is the quintessential Bend hike, can't go wrong there. Fort Rock is also very cool. A couple ideas for a day hike (i've done them both) but seems there may be interest in South Sister?? And pilot butte is a very easy hike in dowtown Bend, but would make for a nice sunset hike.

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Zeph

    Crazy work schedule always messing with my fun schedule. Have fun ya'll!

    2 · September 6, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    I have already selected the team for the event. I might add 2 more spots. Please give me until next week to decide. I am looking forward to the event. Thanks

    September 5, 2013

  • Nancy

    Will be driving from Salem. So, if anyone wants to ride with me or pick me up, I can meet you at the WINCO at I-5 and Hwy 22.

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    The summit elevation of Mount Bachelor is a little over 9,000 feet.

    September 4, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    Maybe I should cap the RSVP to 8 people. Let me think about it. Thanks.

    September 4, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    I am doing some research on day hikes around Tumalo State Park area. If anyone has ideas or suggestions, please post them here. Thanks.

    September 4, 2013

  • Sherpa Chatchay Mazama M.

    I will decide by the end of the week who will be on the team. None of you on the waitlist have message me your climbing resume yet. I need it to determine who will be on the team. Much appreciated. Thanks.

    September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to do this one day, but not ready to do climbing, yet. I need climbing gears.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • B.G

    Looks like a fun trip, I will be in the Enchantments :-)

    1 · September 4, 2013

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