central oregon mountain biking

Plenty of Mountain Bike Trails Open While Phil’s Area is Closed

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Some of Central Oregon’s most popular mountain biking trails will be closed on weekdays this summer as commercial thinning and mowing operations happen in the Deschutes National Forest to reduce the risk of wildfires. (Full access to the trails is open Saturdays and Sundays.)

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that there’s still HUNDREDS of miles of trails available to ride (even at the Phil’s complex,) and the closure is a good time for you to explore some of our less-crowded and not-so-well-known trails throughout the region.

Funner Trail – Courtesy Bend Trails

The trails at the Wanoga Sno-Park area are a great option during the closure period. Trails like Funner, Tiddlywinks and Tyler’s Traverse are among some of the most popular trails among locals for good reason. They’re fast and flowy – but more technical, so probably not the best rides for many beginners. (The new Catch & Release Trail is a good trail in that area for beginners – it connects the new Forest Service Welcome Center and other trails.)

More options outside of Bend include:

Horse Butte (southeast of Bend)

Cline Butte and Maston (Between Bend & Redmond on the old Bend-Redmond Highway)

Peterson Ridge (Sisters)

The Radlands (Redmond)

Lower 66/Round Mountain/Lookout Mountain (Prineville)

Grey Butte/Smith Rock (North of Redmond)

Not sure where to ride? Give our friends at Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours & Shuttles a call. Beginning May 7th, Cog offers daily shuttles to Wanoga, Swampy and Dutchman Flat Sno-Parks, for the long and fun rides downhill into town.

Local shops like Pine Mountain Sports and The Hub Cyclery offer regularly-scheduled group rides are a fun way to learn the trails with locals. Pine Mountain’s “Dirt Divas” program is a hugely popular women-only group ride that attracts dozens of riders.

cog wild shuttles


Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor manages COVA's digital content, media relations, PR and social media. He's an award-winning reporter and editor who has worked in newspaper and televisions newsrooms in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon. A former assistant golf professional, Ted still loves to sneak in a quick 9, but you're more likely these days to find him on the mountain bike trails when he's not spending time with his family. He's called Bend home for 17 years.