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Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • The lifts may close, but you'll still find enough snow for a run.- Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
  • Starting out for the summit.- Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
  • Snowcat tracks keep the hike farily straightforward.- Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
  • Large feline prints.- Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
  • Whitebark pines sculpted by the wind.- Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
  • Looking northeast toward Tumalo Mountain.- Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
  • Desolate summit lift building.- Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
  • South view across several Cascade lakes toward Diamond Peak (8,743') and Mount Thielsen (9,182').- Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
  • Looking across the north facing summit bowl.- Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
  • The payoff: spring turns on the year's last snow.- Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
  • - Mount Bachelor: Spring Lap
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Mount Bachelor without the crowds. Easy access to the base of the mountain. Moderate terrain.
Cons: 
Developed terrain. Spotty snow cover.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Max slope angle: 
15-30 degrees
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,400.00 ft (1,950.72 m)
Vertical descent: 
2,665.00 ft (812.29 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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While it is sometimes possible to catch lift chairs at Mount Bachelor on the last weekend of May, years with light snowpack see the lift operations close much earlier. If you aren't quite ready to hang up the skis or board for the season, or if you are looking to get in some quick alpine "training," plenty of snow lingers on the upper two-thirds of the mountain for those wanting to earn their turns.  

Snowcats are still active on parts of the mountain, and they occasionally provide some untouched corduroy for the descent. While this is perhaps a downside for those seeking purer conditions, a trip up Mount Bachelor is best understood as a developed backcountry experience. And this hybrid has some redeeming aspects, as the snow on the cat tracks proves decidedly less sticky than the rest of the surface snow.   

Beginning from Cascade Lakes Highway, a "straight line" ascent to the summit will climb 2,665 feet in roughly 2.5 miles. If you are opting to hike, snowshoes may not required, and their use will ultimately depend on personal preference.  

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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