Summer Activities on Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon
As the warm summer sun slowly melts the snow off Central Oregon’s most popular ski and snowboard destination, colorful mountain flowers begin to sprout, and hiking and biking trails emerge, weaving through lava rock, mountain hemlock, and lodgepole pine.
Summer activities at Mt. Bachelor cater to everyone from adventure junkies to culinary aficionados looking to take their experiences to new heights. While Mt. Bachelor is primarily known for winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, there’s just as much fun to be had on a summer day at Mt. Bachelor.
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A dormant volcano formed between 11,000 and 15,000 years ago, Mt. Bachelor is a true giant reaching high into the Oregon sky. With activities as diverse as summertime dog sled rides, lift-served downhill mountain biking, hiking, and disc golfing, there’s a summer adventure waiting for the entire family.
If summiting the mountain on foot is on your agenda, begin your ascent at either of the resort’s parking lots. Another popular option is riding the chairlift from West Village to Pine Marten Lodge at 7,775 feet to enjoy breathtaking views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and the Cascade Lakes. Continue to the 9,065-foot summit of Mt. Bachelor for panoramic views of pristine lakes and undeveloped National Forest.
Plan to have lunch at Scapolo’s on the first floor of Pine Marten Lodge, where talented chefs prepare gourmet pizzas in an open-hearth oven and create delicious fresh salads and soups daily. Tap into their impressive selection of local wines and microbrews while drinking in the spectacular surroundings.
Make sure to add a U.S. Forest Service Ranger’s educational talk to your schedule to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the Cascade Mountain Range, along with the volcanic history, geology, and culture of the region.
Mt. Bachelor maintains a disc golfer’s dream course in the summer months. With 18 holes running from the Outback area to the West Village base, disc golf enthusiasts will enjoy the challenge of varied terrain in a wilderness setting. This is a Professional Disc Golf Association listed course.
Looking for an activity that will amaze and impress your friends? Tell them you went for a summer dog sled ride. Mt. Bachelor offers daily dog sled rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.in a dry-land cart by the one and only pro sled dog racer, Rachael Scdoris, and her team of racing pups. You can read more about it on the Bend Buzz Blog here or visit the Mt. Bachelor website.
And don't forget to pack your mountain bike. Bend's first downhill mountain bike park features intermediate to advanced bike trails that are accessible from the top of the Pine Marten Express chairlift. Let’s face it, mountain biking can be a whole lot of fun when you get to go up the hill on a chairlift (your bike gets its own chair, too), then rip down world-class singletrack with a smile stretching from ear to ear. Lift tickets to access the bike park can be purchased for a full or half day, as well as multi-day.
One of Mt. Bachelor’s signature summer offerings is a “Sunset Dinner” on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in Pine Marten Lodge. Reservations are highly recommended. Sample the shrimp and zucchini fritters and Oregon chevre while taking in the ethereal oranges and purples of the sunset over Broken Top. For the main course, stay local with Pacific halibut or Painted Hills prime rib. The perfect way to end a romantic evening is the moonlit ride down on the chairlift under the starry skies of Central Oregon.
For information visit www.mtbachelor.com or call 800.829.2442.
|>> Aerial Tours and Scenic Flights||>> Bend Ale Trail Beer Tour
|>> Bicycle Cab & Carriage Ride Tours||>> Biking|
|>> Bird Watching||>> Boating|
|>> Canoeing and Kayaking
||>> Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
|>> Cultural Tours||>> Crater Lake National Park|
|>> Culinary Tours||>> Disc Golf|
|>> Equestrian Polo||>> Fishing|
|>> Golf Courses||>> Hiking|
|>> History Tours||>> Historic Cemetery Tours
|>> Horseback Riding
||>> Mt. Bachelor in the Summer
|>> Motor Sports
||>> Rock Climbing
|>> Rock Hounding
|>> Standup Paddle Boarding
|>> Spelunking & Caving
||>> Star Gazing
|>> Trail Running
||>> Walking Tours
|>> Water Play and Recreation
||>> White Water Rafting