Mt. Bachelor South Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

11.4 mi
DISTANCE
1,666 ft
GAINED
2.8 %
AVG. GRADE

2.2 FIETS
FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Steve Jones, Olympia, WA, USA

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This 11.4 mile bike climb is located in Deschutes County, Oregon, USA. The average gradient is 2.8% and there is a total elevation gain of 1,666 ft, finishing at 6,026 ft.

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CLIMB SUMMARY

The climb of Mt. Bachelor's south side is probably the less scenic of the three climbs on Mt. Bachelor, but it serves as an important link for cyclists doing the 52-mile loop around the mountain.

The 11-mile, 1,574-ft. climb ascends Forest Road 45 from its intersection with Forest Road 40 a few miles west of the Sunriver resort.  The top of the climb is the intersection with the Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway (5,932 ft.), where cyclists can opt to either turn left to climb to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area at 6,317 ft., or turn right for a rapid descent to the city of Bend (3,629 ft.).

Forest Road 40 has a broad, smooth shoulder, and very little traffic.

The full loop around Mt. Bachelor (52 miles, 2,800 ft.) combines this climb (Forest Road 45) with the Cascades Lake Scenic Highway and Forest Road 40.  Water is likely available at the various campgrounds along the loop, but other services are largely nonexistent.