Bend was honored among the "5 Best Places to Ride' in the June 2001 issue of Bike magazine, so grab your helmet and pedal away on any of the myriad of biking trails of beautiful Central Oregon! Here are just a few of our favorites:
The Deschutes River Trail
This nine-mile (one way) trail starts in town and winds its way up along the river, passing through Meadow Camp and the Inn of the Seventh Mountain, taking in a series of waterfalls including Lava Island, Big Eddy, Dillon and finally Benham Falls. If you want to stretch it out, ride to Benham Falls on the gravel access road and catch the Deschutes River Trail back into town. The degree of difficulty is low and the spectacular scenery earns the ride at least a solid four-star rating.
Edison Ice Caves
Starting at the Edison Ice Cave snowpark on Sunriver Road to Mt. Bachelor, a 10-mile trail winds its way through old growth hemlock and pine and jumbled lava flows to Lava Lakes. The degree of riding difficulty is moderate. The scenery showcases unobstructed views of Mt. Bachelor.
From the end of Bend's Skyliner Road, head up the Tumalo Falls road and follow the North Fork Trail. At Trail's end, go left on road 370. About four miles down the road, look for the Flag Line trail sign on the left. Follow Flag Line to Swampy Lakes and then down the South fork Trail back to Tumalo Falls.
This consummate Central Oregon ride encompasses a variety of terrain, flora and fauna plus, on the North Fork Trail, spectacular waterfalls. It is 25 miles of moderate-to-advanced riding difficulty - Central Oregon scenery at its best!
Phil's, Jimmy's, Paul's
This ride started with a game trail cleared for riding by a local named Phil. It grew into a series of linked trails as other locals marked and cleared new sections that bear their names. The rewards of this ride included lots of shade on hot summer days, and chance encounters with migrating deer and elk herds. Ride out and back, or connect with other trails for up to a 25-mile excursion. The degree of riding difficulty is generally low, but there are some hills to give your legs a challenge.
One of Bend's oldest parks, Shevlin is nestled on the banks of Tumalo Creek in a canyon four miles west of town. Along the canyon's rim runs a superb single track trail with views overlooking the old growth ponderosas, larches and aspens that make the park so unique. The short loop is three miles, the degree of difficulty moderate, the scenery superb.
For panoramic views, the loop ride around Newberry Crater, along the ridges of North Paulina Peak in the national monument, is unsurpassed. The ride starts near the banks of Paulina Lake and climbs through pine forest to stunning views over Paulina and East Lakes, and the ancient lava flows fanning out from Paulina Peak.
After dropping down close to East Lake, the trail climbs nearly to the summit of Paulina Peak before a fast, dirt road descent brings you back to the starting point. It's 21 miles of advanced-intermediate riding with five-star scenery all along the way.
Riding in the Sisters Area west of Bend has taken on a whole new look in the past three years, thanks to efforts of local riders, the U.S. Forest Service and the central Oregon Trail Alliance. Head out of town via a short, easy six-mile loop or a moderate 18-mile loop through forested scenery in an incredible alpine setting.
Nearby, the new Suttle-Tie ride is six mile out and back, plus four more miles if you add a loop around Suttle Lake. The trail offers unrivaled mountain scenery and is perfect for beginner and intermediate riders. Also near Sisters, the Cache Mountain Trail takes you into the heart of the Cascade volcano country on a 17-mile, out-and-back ride. Ask for directions for this and all the other trails from the Deschutes National Forest and local bike shops.
Most trails require a Northwest Forest Pass at parking areas.
Bike Tour Operators & Rentals
Cog Wild Bicycle Tours, LLC. (Adventure Shuttle)
Awesome guided mountain bike tours and all-purpose recreational transportation.
The Paulina Plunge
Guided downhill mountain bike tours exploring many beautiful waterfalls.
Fun for the whole family (4 yrs and up) with lunch provided.
541-389-0562 or 1-800-296-0562
Central Oregon Adventures
Scooter Rentals – Rent these fun scooters for a few ours or your whole vacation. Just $30 for three hours!
Kayak and Canoe Trips – Experience wonderfully serene stretches of the remote upper Deschutes River. See wildlife like eagles, otter, deer, geese, and osprey while gliding gently through the cool calm waters.
Wheel Fun Rentals
"Unique bikes & way more"
Locations in Sisters, Eagle Crest, Black Butte Ranch--Renting Surreys, Deuce Coupes, Slingshots, Choppers, Quad Sports, Mountain Bikes, single speed cruisers, kids bikes and more.
541-385-5814 or 619-737-7746
Central Oregon Trail Alliance
The Central Oregon Trail Alliance(COTA) is a volunteer group that works in conjunction with the USFS, BLM and other land managers to build and maintain trails in Bend, OR and proximity. COTA is an IMBA affiliate club, interested in creating, enhancing and preserving trail opportunities for mountain bikers. Our main objective is to get fellow mountain bikers to join us out on the trails. Visit our web site for membership information, calendar, photos, and a comprehensive list of trails & maps great for mountain-biking!