Mt. Bachelor (Bend) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

3.2
FIETS
15.1 mi
DISTANCE
2,539 ft
GAINED
3 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Steve Jones, Olympia, WA; Joel Blatt, Bend, OR.

INTRO

Our source of cycling in Central Oregon, Joel Blatt, recommends this loop which includes most of the Mt. Bachelor from Bend climb (Start at Wanoga Sno-Park, climb to Mount Bachelor Ski Resort, loop past Elk Lake Resort, left on NF-40, and left on NF-45 (Sunriver Cutoff climb) - Bacherlor Loop

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Difficulty: Strenuous
5
Road
3
Traffic
4
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May 9, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 4
traffic: 3
road: 5
May 9, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 3
road: 5
Climbing up to Mount Bachelor is safe, given wide shoulder. The problem comes if/when you descend from Bachelor back to Bend. Oncoming traffic (scenic byway) will often be passing slower cars and not see you! You could be going upwards of 50 mph, which means you won't have much time to react, if necessary.
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Cycling Mt. Bachelor from Bend

Ride 19.2 miles gaining 3,090’ at 3% average grade.

The 19-mile climb from downtown Bend OR (3,726 ft.) to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area (6,386 ft.) is the classic road-bike climb for Bend cyclists.   Leaving Bend on Century Drive (Cascade Lakes Highway) on a broad highway with a generous shoulder, the ascent is steady but never steep.

Continuing over the top of the ski area, passing Sparks Lake, Elk Lake, Lava Lake, and the Crane Prairie Reservoir, cyclists can complete a circumnavigation of Mt. Bachelor using Roads 40 and 45, rejoining this climb three miles below the ski area.