Hike Mt. Bachelor for Wildflower Displays

25th April 2017 | Becky Lomax

News Regions: Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

Resorts in this article: Mt. Bachelor

Hikers on Mt. Bachelor  - ©Mt. Bachelor Resort

Hikers on Mt. Bachelor can chop off some of the climb by taking the chairlifts.

Copyright: Mt. Bachelor Resort

Outside Bend, Oregon, the Deschutes National Forest brings on a summer wildflower display in the Cascade Mountains. Around Mt. Bachelor, hiking trails venture through volcanic wonderlands pockmarked with lush meadows vibrant with color. Some wildflowers tuck under lava rocks while others line trails and circle lakes. Pink shooting stars appear soon after snowmelt while cream marsh marigolds, red columbine and blue lupine emerge later in the summer.

The closest lodging for hiking around Mt. Bachelor is Seventh Mountain Resort. Sitting 15 miles from Mt. Bachelor Resort, it offers lodging in townhomes and condos. You can pair up a day of hiking with relaxing in their outdoor pools and hot tubs.

Mt. Bachelor

A summer climb to the 9,065-foot summit of Mt. Bachelor yields cooler temperatures than Bend and spectacular views of neighboring volcanoes Broken Top and Three Sisters. The strenuous three-mile ascent zig-zags up the mountain from the base of the Sunrise Express chair for about 2,500 feet to the rocky summit. En route, wildflowers spread across meadows and poke out from under black volcanic rock. By purchasing a lift ticket, hikers can hop the Pine Marten Express to chop off some of the grunt work. 

Shooting stars are usually some of the first flowers to blanket mountain meadows in July around Mt. Bachelor.  - ©Mizinformation/Flickr

Shooting stars are usually some of the first flowers to blanket mountain meadows in July around Mt. Bachelor.

Copyright: Mizinformation/Flickr

Todd Lake

Located on the Cascade Lakes Highway that circles Mt. Bachelor, Todd Lake draws hikers for its broad wildflower displays. A 1.5-mile trail circles the lake, offering a chance for hikers to see Lewis monkey flowers in wet seeps and mountain heather on drier zones. While the lake actually tucks at 6,100 feet in elevation under Broken Top, portions of the trail at the meadowed upper end provide views of Mt. Bachelor. 

Green Lakes

From Sparks Lake on the northwest side of Mt. Bachelor, a 4.5-mile trail climbs about 1,100 feet in elevation along Fall Creek to Green Lakes, cowering between Broken Top and South Sister volcanoes in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Fields of wildflowers interrupt the forest along the tumbling creek, and prolific blooms rim Green Lakes. But more impressive are the volcanic features such as lava flows that drape South Sister. The return trip yields views of Mt. Bachelor. 

 

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