When you think of the best places in the US to mountain bike, Central Oregon might not yet be on the tip of your tongue. But the folks who know the sport better than anyone say it definitely should be.
In fact, the folks at Singletracks.com, one of the most comprehensive mountain bike trail sites online, just named Bend the mountain biking capital of Oregon. This comes after BIKE Magazine selected the Bend-Sunriver area as the home for its 2015 BIBLE of Bike Tests issue and National Geographic Adventure ranked Bend among America’s 10 Best Mountain Bike Towns.
The team at Singletracks said there was some debate about Oregon’s top mountain bike town.
“But in the end, Bend won out with more than 400 miles of trail within 25 miles of town, multiple top 10 showings in our MTB tourism survey, one of the nation’s most active craft beer scenes, and super fun trails like Tiddlywinks.”
Beyond the Phil’s Trail complex, Bend’s core trail system, Central Oregon is home to additional, stellar mountain bike destinations like the Maston area between Redmond and Bend, the scenic, year-round trails at Smith Rock State Park, the expansive Peterson Ridge Trail System in Sisters and the growing mountain bike trail system near Prineville. And for the downhill adrenaline junkies, there’s always the lift-served runs at Mt. Bachelor during the summer.
And, like the gang at Singletracks pointed out – the trails here seem to begin and end at the front step of a brewery. That’s literally the case in Sisters with the Peterson Ridge system located right next to Three Creeks Brewing Co. and out the back door of the cabins at FivePine Lodge. Park your car at Cascade Lakes Brewing Company‘s lodge in Bend and you can take advantage of the weeknight trailhead shuttles from Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours and Shuttles. And at Tetherow Resort, you can hook up with the popular COD trail and link to other Phil’s area routes right across the street from the parking lot.