This summer I journeyed out to Central Oregon to visit my brother and his family. While there, I decided to climb Mt. Bachelor. While a relatively diminutive peak, the popular ski slope is still a great day hike.
Mount Bachelor is part of the Cascade range, a volcanic mountain chain that cuts through the U.S. Pacific Northwest and into Canada. The range divides the state of Oregon into two very different biomes, with the western side boasting lush, green vegetation thanks to regular precipitation. However, on the eastern side of the mountains, a rain shadow effect results in greatly decreased precipitation and the evergreen and deciduous forests of the West give way to high desert scrub.
During my drive from Portland to Bend, I had a chance to enjoy both sides of the range, and as usual took some photos to document my journey. Enjoy!
Be sure to check out all the high-resolution shots in my set on Flickr.