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.