SUMMER ON MOUNT BACHELOR

SUMMER ON MOUNT BACHELOR



Once you hang up your ice skates and put away the skis, you might think there's nothing left to do on Mount Bachelor in the central Cascades, but you'd be oh so wrong.

The express chairlift that took you to the top for a downhill holiday in the snow is still running and offering a multitude of summer outdoor activities.

Summertime "bunnies" can spend their whole day at the Pine Marten Lodge, perched 7,775 feet up the mountain, and stick around for sunset dinners. It's a gourmet meal at the end of the day followed by a moonlight chairlift ride back down.

For the outdoor enthusiast, hikes through lava rock on trails that range from gentle to most difficult are highly recommended. The more adventurous might want to try for the mountain's 9,065-foot peak, either on a trail leading up the mountain from the base at 6,300 feet, or from the trailhead near the lodge.

And where else could you play 18 holes of disc golf over lava beds a mile in the sky?

Wear tough shoes and bring a jacket or windbreaker.

For information, telephone 1-800-829-2442 or visit www.MtBachelor.com.

Writer Bill Miller lives in Shady Cove. Reach him at newsmiller@yahoo.com.