Beautiful Day at Gray Butte

It was a gorgeous day, high fifties and sunny. We came in from the north and the trail isn’t that long just 4 miles round…

Gray Butte from the North

Getting to the Trail Head: From Bend head north on 97 to Terrebonne. Take a right on Smith Rock Way, head east to the junction…

Sun with my Love

60 degrees in February!  Beauty day with my Beauty wife!

Gray Butte Escape in Winter!

What a beautiful Winter day for a hike! My husband, and 2 dogs enjoyed this straight forward, short trail to the peak on the morning…

Butte-iful Birthday Bag!

I’ve done this hike on super clear days and the views can be amazing! This time, it was super cold and windy, but I really…

Mount Bachelor

This was my favorite and most challenging of the hikes due to waiting till snow to hike it. The weather was awesome, a little wind…

Maiden Peak #TheFinale

This was the hike that we chose to finish our challenge on and boy it did not disappoint. The first few miles into the hike…

Mt Bachelor #2ndTimesTheCharm

Mt. Bachelor. Man did we have our struggles with this one. We 1st attempted to do this hike late afternoon on a Thursday and we…

One tired Maiden!

Woke to a chilly Bend morning. Both Crescent bypass and Hwy 58 roads were icy so took it slow. Drive was about 1.5 hours. Service…

South Sister

Perfect weather for this hike! Recent snows covered most of the skree, making it easier to climb than summertime conditions (as long as you had…

Late Season South Sister

What we thought would be the hardest time to summit South Sister turned out to be my favorite summit. The snow made for different views…

Best hike of the 6!

What’s not to love about this hike? Incredible 360 views at the top, a gorgeous Fall day, a lake to visit and a little snow…

Animal Tracks EVERYWHERE!

We should have brought snowshoes for the final climb to the top – we had about 6-8 inches of squeaky snow to trudge through. Very…

Maiden Peak

Really beautiful hike!  First time doing it and I am surprised its not a more popular hike for the area.  Trail was beautiful, but completely…

Mount Bachelor In the Fall

Lived in Bend for thirty years and this mountain was a first for me! Weather was around 65F at the base. Due to construction at…

South Sister Summit!

On trail at 6:08am….parking lot about 1/4 full with lots of overnight camper vans. Weather mild…50F with no wind and not a single human being…

Maiden Peak

Very long but gradual hike. Steep at times and seemingly endless until you are out of the trees but overall a good hike. Beautiful and…

The South Sister #TheBigPapa

This peak was personally the most satisfying peak that my girlfriend and I had completed. It was definitely the most strenuous but enjoyed every bit…

Did it! South Sister with Snow

My sixth peak!  I did not expect more than a dusting of snow… There were 6 inches on much of the last mile that made…

South Sister

Beautiful day in Central OR, lots of hikers taking advantage of the sunny day.  Awesome views!! Snow on top!! Snow turned slushy as it warmed…

Best hike of my life!

This hike was number 6 of 6.  I hike it with my longest and closest friend Janelle.  She being an ex-pro athlete and a current…

Third time’s the charm

We’ve previously summited South Sister twice, so we were a bit…… exhausted to see it on this list. It was still grueling and strenuous, but…

South Sister Hike

Awesome hike up South Sister with a great crew! Amazing views, perfect weather, and only a slight dose of wind at the top!

Type One Diabetic on the Summit!

Hardest thing I’ve ever done, completely worth it once I got to the top. I absolutely cried happy tears at the summit!

South Sister

Very long, very grueling hike. It’s beautiful the whole way but very steep consistently and long. If you consider this just another fun day hike…

Windy day on South Sister

Friday the 13th sounded like a perfect day heading up South Sister and finishing the challenge. The forecast was calling for clear skies, but high…

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

An absolutely perfect day in every way! We started at 6 am with headlamps. From Teardrop Lake, which is beautiful and would have been worth…

Black Crater

Weather got the best of us with clouds and blowing rain/sleet mix. Looking forward to doing it again when there are clear skies.

Maiden Peak Hike

My first time hiking Maiden Peak with interesting weather to mix things up. Overall this was a great hike with minimal traffic on the trail.

Misty Mountain COLD!

Wow! What a hike, longest/hardest so far for me, but still completely doable!

Foggy day at Maiden Peak

The day after hiking Mt. Bachelor we were originally planned to hike South Sister but the weather prevented us. The forecast was calling for low…

Black Crater Hater

I chose to summit Black Crater on a day that no one should have hiked this.  I did it solo because I had other plans…

Black Butte Hike

It’s been quite a while since I hiked Black Butte, but it was just as awesome as I remembered! The weather wasn’t perfect, but the…

Black Crater

Really would have loved to have seen this hike before the burn.  Not much to see along the way, but the trail was uncrowded and…

Black Butte Butt Kicker

Although it was short it sure was a butt kicker! Very dusty, happy to have been up & down before 11am!

Bachelor Adventure

Finally made it back to Bend and ready to hike Mt. Bachelor.  Originally pondered to climb in June but there was still heavy snow pack…

Maiden Peak/Maiden lake

What a great hike today.  Love the 360° view and the side trip to Maiden lake.  No other hikers until I was coming down.

Black Crater

Beautiful hike! Hardly anyone on the trail. Amazing views all around.

Black Crater Hike

First time visiting Black Crater for us. This hike was a pretty decent climb with amazing views at the top!

Afternoon at Tumalo Mountain

Enjoyed a quick afternoon hike up Tumalo Mountain. Beautiful day and surprisingly not too busy for a holiday weekend. Lovely views of Bachelor throughout the…

Mt. Bachelor

First time hiking Mt. Bachelor! It was a fun hike – straight to the peak with manageable, short switchbacks.

Tumalo Mountain Hike

Short hike up to the top of Tumalo Mountain. Perfectly clear with no smoke and great views!

Mountain Mo’s summit Bachelor

Mt. Bachelor is the Mountain Mo’s 4 peak.  It was a perfect sunny and warm day.  3.5 hrs. after parking at Dutchman and crossing the…

South Sister

Last mile of hike very challenging going up & down. Hike hardest I have ever done.

Black Crater

This is an incredible hike. The first few miles take you through a burn, where wildflowers are returning and the colors and contortions of the…

Day hike followed by Bike & Brew

We got a bit turned around as we didn’t know we had to start at the West Village Lodge, but once we ended up where…

The ACTUAL top

WINDY!!! Pretty darn chilly for a beautiful August day; of course this was the only hike I’ve worn shorts. Views were amazing as always!

Mt. Bachelor

Nice hike.  Trail at Sunrise lodge closed for construction.  Took new trail from West Village Lodge.  Added about a mile but a nice hike through…

Mt. Bachelor

Nice day hike. Very rocky and windy at the top but not as difficult as it looks to summit.

Mt. Bachelor

Great hike.  Followed the trail that opened today from west village to the summit trail.  Clear day.  A bit windy and chilly at the top. …

Black Crater

Interesting hike through a burnt area, a little deer and elk sign on trail.  Hiked on a Friday morning early and only ran into a…

Epic Views on S. Sister

A fantastic hike up just take it slow. Way down with scree was a bit tricky. Views were epic!

Mt Bachelor and Butterflies

Trailhead is closed due to construction at Sunrise Lodge. We were told to follow a “service road” to get to the trail and Found the…

Maiden Peak – Pleasant Surprise!

This was a cool hike.  Here is why:  1) Virtually no bugs.  Lucked out! 2) Great, dirt trail.  Really only about 100 yds. total of…

Tumalo mtn morning

Already logged this hike but it’s a good one. 2nd peak of the weekend. Next up….south sister overnight!

S.S. slumber party

Probably the easiest time I’ve had on this mtn. Great group of 4 guys stayed overnight under the stars. It was a great time up…

Bachy friday

I’ve always hiked the trail up so I decided to hike up the north side of the mountain. It was steep but the mild wind…

Burn to beauty

Travelled through a burn area to a beautiful forest and terrific views on the summit

Bachelor Schmachelor!

Due to construction around the base of Mt. Bachelor, we parked and started our “hike” from the Sno-Park, crosses the Highway and began our ascent…

That’s a Wrap on the Challenge!

Today I completed the challenge!!! Last week I finished South Sister so today’s hike, although a little challenging, it was nothing compared to that hike.…

Quite up on Maiden Peak

This was a strenuous route even though it saved a few miles overall I think the elevation gain was more severe this way. But my…

Surfing the Sisters

Beautiful. Challenging. Lots of folks out there but generally kind and wilderness respectful. Hiked this 9 years ago and it felt familiar and yet different…

Soul Sisters on South Sister!

Everyone was right…this is not a technical hike, but it sure was challenging.  I’d call it a CLIMB!  We started out at 6:30am and made…

Black Butte

Nice easy day hike. Definitely the easiest of the pack. Fun for those who may not be so skilled and dogs. Nice views at the…

Great Sunday Morning

Nice, moderate Sunday morning hike. We started just after 11 and summited around noon. The wind was a bit much at the summit, but luckily…

Day 3: Three Days, Three Mountains

Another day, another mountain.  We were up early and on the trail at Bachelor…despite caution tape at the trailhead.  It was a great hike…in preparation…

Overcoming the Beast!

I’ll be honest, I was not excited to see South Sister on the list of peaks to summit for this challenge. Last September I hiked…

Day 2: Three Days, Three Mountains

Great hike up Maiden…only the two of us on the trail. Accessed trail right from Gold Lake Rd and Marilyn Lake TH #3. Views worth…

Mighty Maiden

Straight up once you get about 3 miles in. Bugs were terrible for first 3 miles too! No one there except me and my bud!

Diabetic At The Summit

First time summiting a MOUNTAIN! Type one diabetics can do anything (with the adequate amount of sugar 😉 )

Tumalo

Not much of a hike but a nice view on top. Few hikers.

Mt. Bachelor Hike

Quick hike up Bachelor with perfect weather, almost no wind and not too hot.

Maiden Peak

Trail was in good condition, has had recent bicycle activity.  Had the trail to myself with the exception of the crossing with the PCT where…

Black Crater #TheStartoftheChallenge

This hike was Awesome! Definitely felt the difficulty level jumped up from the first two peaks and the length of the hike almost doubled (about…

Black Crater

Weather clear- we started early to avoid the hike. View from top great.

Tumalo Mountain

Beautiful weather and great trail conditions for the short, fairly steep,  early morning hike. Mosquitoes were prevalent in the beginning. Quite a few hikers on…

South Sister

Fun hike with friends.  Perfect day.  Mosquitos were still really bad along Green Lakes Trail.

South Sister

Hiked green lakes to south sister summit.   Mosquitoes were awful along green lakes trail.  Gorgeous day with so many butterflies at the summit.

I did it!!!

Another sparkling central oregon day – perfect for hiking up and up and up. A few butterflies at the top, but the view was amazing!…

Mt Bachelor in Summer

Arrived at the trailhead at 8 am. Only saw one person going up who was skiing the snow patches next to the trail.  Looked like…

Mt Bachelor in Summer

Arrived at the trailhead at 8 am. Only saw one person going up who was skiing the snow patches next to the trail.  Looked like…

Mt Bachelor in Summer

Arrived at the trailhead at 8 am. Only saw one person going up who was skiing the snow patches next to the trail.  Looked like…

Rocky Summit

I came out with my mom and we started up around 8:30am. We took lots of breaks and snacked along the way. Only a few…

Black Crater

Hiked again with my Dad : ) Would recommend hiking poles to help with descent down. Can be hard on the knees as my poor…

Mosquitos to 360 degree views!

A great hike with Mountain Mo’s.  Mosquitos were bad at the beginning of the hike but thinned out as we got higher and dryer.

South Sister for the finesh!

The parking lot was full by 6:30 so we parked by the road. The mosquitoes are bad the first couple of miles but stop after…

Maiden Peak

Long, gradual hike before getting to some steeper climbs. All in all, a nice hike with some different views than other peaks in the area.…

Maiden for the Finale!

My third peak in three days with Bend Hiking Meetup, and my final peak in the Central Oregon Six-Pack of speaks Challenge! It was a…

Maiden Peak

Trail was nice and easy in beginning. At top the view was spectacular and you can see all the lakes.

Maiden Speak

Again the group of Mountain Mo’s did our next hike.  We did this hike last year as part of the six, I found this years…

The Beast

Great day on South Sister. I wasn’t sure what the snow situation was going to be like, but the trail is almost 100% clear—no traction…

South Sister x 3

My third time up South Sister! I was hoping the view would be a little clearer this time (my previous climbs have been later in…

Sure Glad that We Started Early

We started the hike at around 6 am, and seeing how hot it was getting as we were coming down around noon, I was very…

Mt Bachelor

Beautiful hike with the Bend Hiking Meetup. 10 people signed up. 10 showed up. 10 summited. One short snowfield to cross, but traction not required.…

#6

Great two day trek up South Sister with my son.  Hiked up above Moraine Lake to set up camp for an easy summit climb in…

Mt Bachelor

Couple patches of snow that made it challenging to decipher where the trail went but figured it out.  Someone had painted white directional  arrows which…

5 down 1 to go!

Park outside of the coned off area at the entrance, all of the vehicles had tickets on the windshields that was parked inside the cones.…

Sunrise on Black Butte

We left Camp Sherman at 4:30 am to summit Black Butte for sunrise. It was dark, cold and clear. Our group included my 7 year…

First peak in the books!

Beautiful day with blue skies and a comfortable breeze. The trail was well maintained, and we didn’t encounter any bugs until the peak. The first…

Black Crater

Beautiful day hike with amazing views of surrounding cascades. Rated as hard but moderate for any experienced hiker. Lots of burnt area with small saplings…

Made it up Maiden

Great hike through various terrain. A few wildflowers, but nothing worth writing home about! Mosquitoes were HORRIBLE! But the Summit was very interesting: looked like…

Maiden

Was eaten alive but the day was gorgeous!

Into the Mist of Black Crater

A cool day for our ascent of Black Crater. So glad about that with the continuous uphill climb! Top was a bit windy and foggy…with…

Foggy and fantastic

Warm hike up with blooming wild flowers. Crossed some snow patches and met fog and chilly wind on top. Barely caught glimpses of the mountains…

Black Butte #PuppyTroubles

First hike of the 6 peaks and it was short and sweet. Was a round trip of 4.23 miles with approximately 1,460ft of elevation gained.…

Tumalo Mountain

Nice easy hike, not far out of Bend.  In about 2 weeks the Lupine will be in full bloom.  Didn’t see any but the was…

Maiden Peak

The weather was great. Some snow to cross but not bad at all. Bring good insect repellent , the mosquitoes are terrible.

South Sister – At Long Last

South Sister marks the high point during the entirety of our 100-mile trip. Haha, see what I did there? We started the day earlier than…

A hike with butterflies!

I completed this hike on a beautiful Saturday morning in July with my husband and two friends. We started early enough that we easily found…

Are you Bucking Fugging me?

Bugs were annoying at the trailhead.  Then they got worse.  All the way to the top…  The summit winds provided some respite.  Excellent views after…

Mt. Bachelor – Back for Seconds

We returned from our defeat the day before, hungry for a successful summit. This time, we brought all the requisite gear for safe ascent; microspikes,…

So many butterflies!

I made a last minute decision this morning to head up to Black Crater. Recent trip reports made me confident that I could throw on…