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Bachelor Mountain Hike

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The Bachelor Mountain Hike provides great vews into the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area(cfm)
The summit of Bachelor mountain as seen from the flat section halfway along the trail (cfm)
  • Start point: Bachelor Mountain TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Bachelor Mountain
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and back
  • Distance: 3.8 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 1100 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: June through November
  • Family Friendly: yes
  • Backpackable: yes
  • Crowded: no

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Hike Description

This short rewarding hike is almost entirely on open slopes giving a ringside view into the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness to the east. The ascent is gradual making this a great family hike.

Before you begin your hike, be sure to look up to see the fire lookout on Coffin Mountain perched high above you. The trail starts off in cool shady forest with some impressively large trees. After just 0.3 miles the trail emerges from the trees and you get your first sweeping views.

The trail continues gradually climbing, passing through a short forested section before emerging into the open again. Beargrass bloom on this south-facing slope every few years.

About halfway up this is a flat campable meadow area with standing dead snags and emerging young trees. After leaving the flat area, the trail enters another forest and you will come to a signed junction. Go left here. (Going straight at this junction leads to the Bruno Meadows Trailhead and may be an alternate return route for a shuttle trip). The trail marches up the mountain, steep in a few places. The final stretch to the top is very exposed so it's a good idea to keep your dogs on-leash.

The summit is the site of a former fire lookout, but all that remains are rusty nails, metal poles, and melted glass. From here you will get views from Mount Rainier to the Three Sisters on a clear day, with a big close-up of Mount Jefferson. After enjoying the views, return the way you came.

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