Mountain Biking Bend Oregon
With close to 1,000 miles of biking corridors scattered throughout Central Oregon near Bend, it’s an experience anyone of any skill level can try.
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Here are five great mountain biking trails in Bend, Oregon that will get the heart pumping in the best possible way:
Between Skyliners Road to the north and Century Drive to the south lies a 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 newspaper.
Visitors enjoy this ride because of how diverse the mountain trail network is – and it can be challenging even for experienced riders. To find Phil's Trail, travel west on Skyliners Road heading toward Tumalo Falls. Upon entering the Deschutes National Forest, a gravel road leads to the trailhead.
Mt. Bachelor Bike Park
With more than 277 miles of mountain biking trails, visitors are certain to find that sweet path that calls to the inner adventurer. Mt. Bachelor Bike Park has lift-served paths in the off-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 at Mt. Bachelor Bike Park.
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 about 20 other paths 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 more-secluded trail 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.
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 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.