Coffin and Bachelor Mountains combine for a fantastic early summer day out in the mountains. With trailheads approximately a mile apart, one can hike both of them for a total of ~7 miles and 2500 foot of gain. You can hike the distance between trailheads to add a couple of miles, or drive between the two.

Coffin Mountain puts on a crazy wildflower show in early summer, and the short three mile round trip hike to the summit offers a huge variety of color. Most noteworthy, the summit contains a fire lookout that I’ve heard is still manned, but it was closed up on my visit in June of 2018.

These trails seem to be moderate to light use, with more people choosing to wildflower hike the nearby Iron Mountain. The trailhead for Coffin has room for a few cars and there were two others there when I visited. The trailhead for Bachelor Mountain was down another mile of rockier road, and as a result I suspect it is less visited. There were no other hikers there on my visit.

Topo map and GPX track:


Two in-and-out hikes to the summit of mountains.


Approximately 7 miles round trip when driving the distance between the two trailheads (add about 2 miles round trip if the distance is walked)

Elevation Gain:

+/- 2500 ft

Trailhead and Permit Notes:

The drive to the trailhead for Coffin Mountain is dirt but passable to any car when I drove it in early summer 2018. The drive between Coffin and Bachelor trailheads got a bit rockier, but if your tires are good and you drive carefully you should be fine.

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Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd

Mountain sports addict. Dog Mom. Craft beer drinker. Tech nerd. The best days are those spent above 10k ft. Meet me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google +


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