Mountain Bike Along Bend Oregon's Great Trails
When there are close to 1,000 miles of mountain bike trails scattered throughout Central Oregon and near the City of Bend, it isn't any wonder why people are strapping their bikes to their cars and heading out to the region. Mountain biking in Central Oregon is an experience everyone needs to try at least once in their lifetime, as they will be amazed by how smooth the trails are when gazing at the beautiful scenic views. Here are 5 trails that will get your feet cycling the bike's pedals in full enjoyment.
Between Skyliners Road to the north and Century Drive to the south lies a vast network of trails running through Deschutes National Forest called Phil's Trail. It was voted one of the best bike trails in Central Oregon by readers of The Oregonian.
People enjoy this bike ride because of how diverse the mountain trail network is as it can be very challenging for experienced riders. To find Phil's Trail, travel west on Skyliners road as you head toward Tumalo Falls. The moment you enter Deschutes National Forest, you'll see a gravel road that will lead you to the trailhead.
Mt. Bachelor Bike Park
With over 277 miles of bike trails, you are sure to find that sweet trail that calls to your inner biking adventurer. Mt. Bachelor Bike Park has lift-served paths as you can ride up to the top of the mountain and then bike down. You'll find trails suited for people of all abilities from kid's trails to advanced bicycling paths.
Do you want to bike cross country, downhill or dirt jumping? You'll find all these trails and much more when at Mt Bachelor Bike Park.
Deschutes National Forest
When you are looking for diversity to your bike trails, then Deschutes National Forest is the place to pedal your bicycle toward when the weather looks beautiful outside. Besides Phil's Trail that we mentioned earlier, there are about 20 other trails located in the forest to get the blood pumping.
You'll find three categories of trails here: short trails under 10 miles, medium trails between 10 and 20 miles, and long trails over 20 miles. Of these three categories are a slew of different terrains for every type of skill level from beginner to expert. So go on long and gentle rides or short and steep trails for a fun time.
Horse Ridge Mountain
Looking for a more secluded trail that is great during the summer as well as the winter? Horse Ridge Mountain is 40 square miles of buff terrain with a few rocky sections testing your technical bike riding skills.
The trail is on an abandoned road near US20 as it is managed by the Prineville's Bureau of Land Management.The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is to the north and the Dry River Canyon is to the northeast of the trail. You can enjoy the scenic views and spot Paulina Peak, Mt. Bachelor and Three Sisters Peak while riding the trail.
Three Sisters Wilderness
Often called the "burly backcountry big brother of the McKenzie River Trail," the Three Sisters Wilderness offers an invigorating ride for people who enjoy bicycling long trails. It has over 20 miles of biking trails to satisfy your trailblazing craving. You'll instantly forget how long the trail is once you start looking at the wondrous scenery. Share the trail with hikers as you'll find there is plenty to see and experience up in these mountains.