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.
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.)
Horse Butte (southeast of Bend)
Peterson Ridge (Sisters)
The Radlands (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.