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Discover a desert gem by bike

Published Sep 17, 2014 at 12:11AM

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Worth the climb

Published Sep 3, 2014 at 12:07AM

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Bike trail is a swampy classic

Published Aug 20, 2014 at 12:13AM

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Explore wild Waldo Lake

Published Aug 6, 2014 at 12:13AM

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Unlock scenic secrets in La Pine


Published Jul 23, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 03:54PM

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Riding with fire


Published Jul 9, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 01:44PM

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A Central Oregon ride with a view


Published Jun 25, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 06:43AM

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An Ochoco bike adventure

Published Jun 11, 2014 at 12:11AM

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Oakridge has trails less traveled

Published May 28, 2014 at 12:11AM

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Whoops Trail: A local love


Published May 14, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 02:12PM

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Central Oregon Mountain Bike Trail Guide


Published Apr 30, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated May 26, 2014 at 11:20AM

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Rad riding, if you’re up to it


Published Apr 16, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 02:13PM

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Swamp Wells: singletrack surprise


Published Apr 2, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 02:14PM

Lessons in (trail) sharing


Published Dec 18, 2013 at 12:27AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 02:15PM

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Room to ride


Published Oct 23, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 02:18PM

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Riding in Bend's backyard


Published Oct 9, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 02:19PM

Recent rainfall and freezing overnight temperatures have made for some fine fall mountain biking on Central Oregon trails. This time of year, riders need not venture far from Bend to find pristine, dust-free singletrack. Knowing this, Dustin Gouker and I made the trip to Shevlin Park last week on a crisp, partly cloudy day. For me, a typical mountain bike ride through Shevlin Park consists…

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A forest ripe for riding


Published Sep 25, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 02:21PM

Bend mountain bikers Bob Woodward and Terry Foley have been on a mission the past few months in Skyline Forest: ride as much singletrack as they can in the remote 50 square miles of woods between Bend and Sisters. When I phoned Woodward last week, he said he and Foley had ridden there 55 out of the past 65 days. Woodward, a longtime outdoors enthusiast…

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Bachelor by bike: It's a thrill ride


Published Sep 11, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 02:22PM

MOUNT BACHELOR —Time seems to stand still when we let gravity — and our bikes — do all the work. Thus, three hours felt more like 10 minutes as we cruised over rollers, swooped through banked turns and negotiated steep, rocky corners across the mountain. Somehow, mountain bike trails have been expertly carved and shaped amid the jagged, unforgiving lava rock that covers Mount Bachelor.…

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High-country challenge


Published Aug 28, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 20, 2014 at 12:30PM

Not all trails are created equal. From the smooth, High Desert trails just west of Bend to the more rugged, rocky paths in the Cascades, Central Oregon is home to an enormous variety of singletrack trails. Some of these trails are built and maintained by mountain bikers with the Central Oregon Trail Alliance — designed specifically for fat-tire enthusiasts. Other trails are more fit for…

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Smooth, lush ride


Published Aug 14, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 20, 2014 at 12:24PM

Editor's note: Mountain Bike Trail Guide, by Bulletin sports and outdoors writer Mark Morical, features various trails in Central Oregon and beyond. The trail guide appears in Outdoors on alternating Wednesdays through the riding season. It might be the most thrilling, most scenic trail in Oregon — perhaps even in the entire Northwest. But the 26 1/2-mile long McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, even with…

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Small loop, big variety


Published Jul 31, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 20, 2014 at 12:52PM

TUMALO FALLS — The North Fork Trail is probably more popular among hikers than among mountain bikers — and for good reason. Viewing the seven pristine waterfalls along the route is easier by foot than by bike. But mountain bikers along the North Fork Trail who do not take the time to dismount their bikes and check out the waterfalls are missing the point of…

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Tyler’s Traverse


Published Jul 10, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 03:17PM

As Dustin Gouker and I cruised around on dirt forest roads, stopping periodically to check the map, Gouker summed up our mountain bike ride that was quickly becoming more of an orienteering adventure. “This is mountain biking the way it used to be,” he said. We had set out to ride the latest gem of singletrack in the ever-growing Wanoga trail system southwest of Bend…

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Ride at Suttle Lake is different the second time around


Published Jun 26, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 03:16PM

The flavor of a mountain bike trail can vary drastically from day to day, depending on the weather and trail conditions. Three years ago, I rode the Suttle Lake Tie and Loop trails in a driving rainstorm. I remember enjoying the ride for the most part, but I was more focused on staying warm and dry — and there was not much of a chance…

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Swede Ridge Loop


Published Jun 12, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 03:16PM

Editor's note: Mountain Bike Trail Guide, by Bulletin sports and outdoors writer Mark Morical, features various trails in Central Oregon and beyond. The trail guide appears in Outdoors on alternating Wednesdays through the riding season. Central Oregon is home to seemingly endless miles of singletrack mountain biking trails. But after 12 years of riding my bike in the woods here, it is increasingly difficult to…

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Wanoga trails ridable early this season


Published May 29, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 03:16PM

An unseasonably warm spring means many area trails are snow-free and ridable earlier than usual this year — much earlier. Trails in the new Wanoga complex, southwest of Bend, are mostly free of ice and snow and are offering supreme mountain biking. Members of the Central Oregon Trail Alliance, who spend countless hours building and maintaining mountain biking trails, have been hard at work constructing…

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Mrazek Trail


Published May 15, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 03:15PM

Sometimes, two hours on a mountain bike is as long as I can go before I am basically spent, physically and mentally. Other times, four-plus hours seems like no problem. Often, how long you can ride and how long you want to ride depends on the trail. The Mrazek Trail west of Bend is one of those singletrack paths that can suspend time for mountain…

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Riding the ridge


Published May 1, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 11:06AM

Editor's note: Mountain Bike Trail Guide, by Bulletin sports and outdoors writer Mark Morical, features various trails in Central Oregon and beyond. The trail guide appears in Outdoors on alternating Wednesdays through the riding season. SISTERS —Every time I make the trip to the Peterson Ridge Trail system I end up wondering why I don't ride there more often. Sure, hundreds of miles of singletrack…

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Trail of rediscovery


Published Apr 17, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 11:08AM

More than 10 years ago and still a relative newcomer to Central Oregon, I joined a group of friends and acquaintances on a mountain bike ride at Gray Butte and Smith Rock State Park. I have ridden in the area several times since, but until last week I had never attempted to repeat that exact ride of many years ago that stuck in my mind…

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Skyline Forest has potential


Published Nov 23, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 11:09AM

Brad Chalfant has spent so much time in Skyline Forest, he can find his way along a singletrack trail that is virtually hidden by an inch of fresh snow. On my mountain bike last week after a recent snowfall, I followed Chalfant's tracks as he showed me around Skyline, 50 square miles of woods between Bend and Sisters that holds unlimited potential for bikers, hikers,…

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Horse Ridge


Published Oct 26, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 11:12AM

Cruising back down the ridge and over the scattered lava rock, I heard that dreadful hissing sound that no mountain biker ever wants to hear. My back tire was going flat. And so, instead of enjoying the downhill ride on the desert singletrack trail we had just climbed — about 1,000 feet to the top of Horse Ridge — we spent the next 20 minutes…

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Grand Slam


Published Oct 12, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 11:13AM

Looping through the vast trail network west of Bend on my mountain bike, I often make sure to avoid rock-strewn technical trails such as Grand Slam and C. O. D. They are just too intimidating, and I usually end up frustrated and walking my bike through the more challenging sections. Last week I made a point to ride Grand Slam in its entirety (it is…

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Newberry Crater Rim loop


Published Sep 28, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 11:20AM

Editor's note: Mountain Bike Trail Guide, by Bulletin outdoor writer Mark Morical, features different trails in Central Oregon and beyond. The trail guide appears on alternating Fridays through the riding season. Sometimes, the easier the ride, the better the experience. When I decided to take on the Newberry Crater Rim this week, I was eagerly anticipating the dramatically scenic loop — but dreading the 1,700-foot…

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Flagline Trail


Published Sep 14, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 11:21AM

As a mountain biker, sometimes your eyes are bigger than your legs and lungs. Such was the case Monday, when Dustin Gouker and I drove up to Mount Bachelor to take on the Flagline Trail as part of a shuttle ride. I parked my car just off Century Drive, where the singletrack Storm King Trail crosses the road, and we took Dustin's car up to…

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The Several Lakes Loop


Published Aug 31, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 11:23AM

Late summer in Central Oregon is when most of the snow is off the trails and the high country is wide open. I try to plan for August or September those upper-elevation rides that are not possible at other times of the year because of snow. The Several Lakes Loop is one I have taken note of on my map over the past few years…

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Road 370 loop


Published Aug 17, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 11:30AM

Mountain biking is not always about the trail itself. Sometimes, it's about where that trail takes you. Forest Road 370 is not even a trail — it's a dirt road. But it leads riders to some pretty unbelievable places in the Cascade mountains of Central Oregon. In Bend, with 300-plus miles of singletrack just out the backdoor, many mountain bikers don't even think about riding…

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Central Oregon trail update

Published Sep 17, 2014 at 12:02AM

Temperatures are beginning to cool as we head into fall weather. There’s a small chance of rain Thursday, but expect dusty and dry conditions on the trails this weekend and next week. Winter preparation will begin soon as the area ... More