Hike Mt. Bachelor Sunrise to Summit

Sunrise Lodge Trailhead

Hike to the top of Central Oregon’s most popular skiing mountain for a new perspective of a classic Cascade volcano, Mt. Bachelor (9,065 ft.).

The Sunrise to Summit Trail on Mt. Bachelor is the easiest and most straightforward way for peakbaggers to reach the summit of one of Central Oregon’s classic volcano climbs. The top boasts views of Broken Top, the Three Sisters, and even Mt. Jefferson beyond. Mt. Bachelor’s official Sunrise to Summit Trail map should help you get a clear visual of this hike.

This route begins at Sunrise Lodge at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, right off of Cascades Lakes Highway. Many people park right alongside the highway and walk into the resort, or if the gate is open, you can pull into Century Drive and walk to the parking area where you’ll start your hike.

In the summer of 2016 they did some maintenance to this trail and have bright orange flags leading the way to the start of a single-track path switchbacking from the main parking lot area. If these flags aren’t present, start at the base of the Sunrise Express chair lift and follow a cat track to the right of the lift until you intersect the main trail. This trail should switch back you all the way to the very top, through trees and rocky moraines up to the volcanic rock that decorates the summit.

Best time for this hike would be July-September. If you’re early in the season, snow may obscure the trail and make it more difficult to follow. As long as you follow the Sunrise Express lift up, you should have a clear view of the summit and be able to wind your way to the top.

Check Mt. Bachelor’s Conditions Report before you go. The restaurants at Sunrise Lodge are closed during the summer, for lunch, snacks, and even a sunset dinner you’ll have to visit Pine Marten Lodge.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes with good traction
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Sun protection
  • Wind and storm protection
  • Plenty of water and snacks
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RT Distance 6 Miles
Elevation Gain 2615 Feet
Activities Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Well groomed

A well groomed trail is cut through the scree high up.

Bachelor views

I did this hike on a beautiful Central Oregon Fall day. The views are amazing at the top and on the way down, it started to snow...it was a wonderful hike for the views. At times the trail may seem boring but it is a steady climb the whole way up, take a few breaks if you haven't done it and you are a fast walker...lots of elevation gain.


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