Overview: lots of snow; good for skiing; no bugs; parking challenge
We started our hike up Mt. Bachelor at 8:45am. The temperature was already 58F degrees, so we knew the snow would be perfect. Shortly after entering the woods we encountered our first patches of snow. The snow was a long carpet to the summit after only 15 or so minutes of hiking.
I wore trail-runners and Sara wore hiking boots. I carried an ice axe, but I preferred to use my hiking poles on the ascent and descent. I did not feel any need to use the axe. Sara used a hiking pole and an ice axe.
The route up/down is a total of six miles from the highway to the summit with 2900 feet of elevation gain. The snow conditions are still good for carving some turns. We saw skiers, boarders, and a trail runner (doing a double!). I ran down most of the snow from the summit back down to the (closed) parking lot. Be careful about parking. The entrance is closed, and so is parking along the highway. However, you can park in the dirt area just West of the parking entrance.
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