[R265R, Mt. Bachelor] in summer turns into one of Central Oregon's premier sightseeing destinations. The cone of Mt. Bachelor, like the string of volcanoes to the north visible from its flanks, holds snow patches well into summer, offering a dramatic canvas for photographers.

Summer season at Mt. Bachelor begins July 2 . Pine Marten lift runs for sightseers, and the Pine Marten restaurant is open evenings and weekends for sunset dinners. The location at 7,775 feet offers views overlooking the alpenglow settling across Cascade volcanoes and the valley cut by the Deschutes River.

Several hiking trails cruise the slopes of Mt. Bachelor-across wildflower meadows and rugged lava rock. Interpretive Forest Service-guided 30-minute free walks describe the geology and ecology of the eastern Cascades. You can also play a round of Frisbee golf down the mountain from the top of Pine Marten, with copious elevation drop per hole.

Mt. Bachelor attracts summer visitors due to its location as the first stop on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. The 66-mile byway loops around Mt. Bachelor, passing a myriad of lakes and offering several vantage points while circling its base.

Summer visitors to Mt. Bachelor can find lodging in Bend or Sunriver. The closest resort is Seventh Mountain Inn.

More information. Or call 800-829-2442.