One thing people don't realize about the summers in Bend, it can be very warm all day, but in the evenings it can cool right down, don't forget to pack a sweater or sweatshirt for the evenings when it does cool down. Be prepared for sun, in summer & in winter, especially if you are up on Mt. Bachelor. Those mountains are beautiful at sun down!!! They photograph the best then, lots of very fun & interesting shadows happening too.
A stiff hike - 11 miles roundtrip and 4900 feet of elevation gain will take you the the top of Oregon's third highest mountain - South Sister, 10358 feet high. From Devils Lake Trailhead on the Cascade Lakes HIghway - 6.5 miles past Mt Bachelor - you push up a forested gully for the first 1.5 miles before emerging onto a large sandy plain. South Sister looms ahead and Moraine Lake is to your right. Crossing the plain is great as South Sister gets bigger with each step. Then a mile of uphill grind to a dusty saddle lying between Lewis and Clark Glaciers. Another sandy mile up and you reach the vast crater rim. Follow the rim on the east edge to the summit. From up here you can see from Mt McLoughlin, south of Crater Lake, to Mt Rainier, far to the north.
See my travellogue for a virtual climb.
Working at Mt. Bachelor and snowboarding daily for the winter was pretty unbeatable. We had great neighbors and did nothing responsible. It snowed constantly. We still go there and visit our old freinds. C-mone sold goggle, kiefer a ski tech, and I had the best job of all. I did nothing and got paid to ride. My office was 50 feet from the lift, and I could go up when ever I wanted. Chris kept boning the nieghbor, and I dont know what i did with BARB. Downs was hilarious, and those other chicks were all pretty cool. Monet's, PBR, rock-a-billy's, BBC, DBC, black butte porter, Pilot Butte in, Beef and Brew, Bon Marche...all that *** was hilarious. You can get a great hair cut and shave downtown. They have a good place for dirty mexican food on minnesota ave. downtown. Way better than jalisco's and longboards. Never has making 6.33 an hour been so fun.