Mountain Biking Bend Oregon
With close to 1,000 miles of biking trails scattered throughout Central Oregon near Bend, it’s an experience anyone of any skill level can try.
Heading to Bend, Oregon to enjoy mountain biking? Make the Riverhouse on the Deschutes your base camp for all the fun. Here are five great mountain biking trails in Bend, Oregon that will get the heart pumping in the best possible way!
Phil's Trail - closest to Bend
Located off Skyliner Road, there is a large, complex network of trails in the Deschutes National Forest simply called Phil's by locals. It was voted one of the best bike trails in Central Oregon by readers of The Oregonian newspaper. These trails connect to Shevlin park and you can ride for miles all way up to Mt. Bachelor.
Visitors enjoy these trails because of how diverse the trail network is – and it can be challenging even for experienced riders. To find Phil's Trail, travel west on Skyliner Road heading toward Tumalo Falls. Upon entering the Deschutes National Forest, a gravel road on the left leads to the trail head parking.
Mt. Bachelor Bike Park
Downhill adventure with mountain biking trails on Mt. Bachelor, visitors are certain to find that ride that calls to the inner adventurer. Mt. Bachelor Bike Park has lift-served trails in the summer season that takes visitors to the top of the mountain, where there are trails suited for riders of all abilities. Cross country, downhill or jumps, riders will find all these thrilling rides without all the work of uphill riding.
Deschutes National Forest
Seeking diversity in mountain biking trails in Bend, Oregon? The Deschutes National Forest is the place to pedal. Besides the aforementioned Phil's Trail, there are hundreds of miles in the forest to get the heart racing.
There are three categories of trails: short trails (under 10 miles), medium trails (between 10 and 20 miles) and long trails (over 20 miles). There’s a variety of terrain to enjoy, from beginner to expert.
Horse Ridge Mountain
A trail located east of town with great mountain views that is equally great in the summer as in the winter, Horse Ridge Mountain has 40 square-miles of terrain, with a few rocky sections on which to test technical riding skills.
The path is an abandoned road near U.S. Highway 20 and is managed by the Prineville Bureau of Land Management. The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is to the north and the Dry River Canyon is to the northeast of the trail. Enjoy the scenic views and spot Paulina Peak, Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters in the distance.
Sisters & the Cascades
Sisters offers rides right from city center up to Peterson Ridge, a ride with mountain views of the Three Sisters. If you are looking for an all day adventure, the McKenzie River Trail, offers an invigorating ride for people who enjoy long trails.
It has more than 20 miles of biking corridors and with its wondrous scenery, it’s easy to forget the length of the path. Hikers experiencing these mountains share the trails, so be cautious.