By late spring and early summer, Oregon's Mount Bachelor is blanketed with wildflowers.
With its 9,065-foot summit, volcanic soil, and chiseled features, Oregon's Mount Bachelor exudes tall, dark, and handsome appeal all year round. But in late spring and summer, the Cascade Range star (background) really turns on the charm, presenting wildflower lovers with a swoonworthy bouquet of fiery Indian paintbrush and cool blue lupine. Neighboring Broken Top adds hot pink monkey flower. From the town of Bend, Oregon, the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway winds between the peaks, along alpine lakes rimmed with eye-catching blooms and ancient lava remnants. Pull over to snap an unforgettable photo or shoulder a daypack for a deeper dive into the wilds.
This article was first published in Summer 2017. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.