Round Mountain in the Ochocos

Rugged, lightly ridden paths near Prineville

Avoiding the smoke from area wildfires was my main concern last week when trying to … Read more

Dinah-Moe-Humm, Kiwa Butte trails from Edison Sno-park

Trails include mix of climbs, downhill, and dramatic views

EDISON SNO-PARK — With so many options for mountain biking trails during mid- to late-summer … Read more

Waldo Lake in the Willamette National Forest

The remote lake features a challenging 20-mile loop

Tucked high into the thick, green forest on the western edge of Oregon’s Cascade Range … Read more

Cultus Lake trails

Mountain bikers can access trails from the Deer Lake Trailhead

Mountain bikers have a number of trail options this summer near Cultus Lake, a popular … Read more

Middle Fork of the Willamette Trail

Trail near Oakridge cuts through the thick canopy of the Willamette National Forest

OAKRIDGE — Those who suffer from claustrophobia — or arachnophobia (fear of spiders), for that … Read more

A backcountry mountain bike route across Oregon

Largely singletrack, the Oregon Timber Trail crosses the heart of the state

Oregon is teeming with adventure-seeking cyclists, so the idea of biking across the state is … Read more

La Pine State Park

14 miles of singletrack trails ideal for beginners and families

LA PINE — While mountain bike trails in Central Oregon seem to be increasingly geared … Read more

Mrazek Trail

Varied trail connects Shevlin Park to Tumalo Falls and links to Phil’s network

By connecting multiple junctions, mountain bikers in Central Oregon can create any number of complicated … Read more

Prineville Bike Park a boon for local mountain bikers

Variety of features offers something for all ages and abilities

PRINEVILLE — Some jumps at bike parks can be so massive they are downright intimidating. … Read more

Redmond Radlands

Miles of rocky, high desert trails, right in town

REDMOND — Just minutes from downtown, but seemingly in the middle of the desert, the … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Cline Buttes trails

Myriad trails traverse large recreation area

Sprawling High Desert views, thrilling terrain and quality springtime dirt make Cline Buttes west of … Read more

Mountain bikers have options year-round in Central Oregon

Trails are navigable throughout the late fall and winter

Outdoor enthusiasts are gearing up for ski and snowboard season this time of year, as … Read more

Storm King-Tyler’s Traverse loop

Wanoga Trail Complex an alternative to popular Phil’s Trail network

This always seems to be a troubling time of year for outdoors enthusiasts. Not quite … Read more

North Fork-Flagline route

21-mile high country jewel for those too stubborn to shuttle

It seems to happen every time I ride this quintessential Central Oregon loop. Just when … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Swamp Wells Trail

Mountain bikers can find solitude along Kelsey Butte

Fall is perhaps my favorite season in Central Oregon. The tourists are gone, the weather … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Metolius-Windigo Trail from Lava Lake

Trails near Lava and Little Lava lakes offer scenic rides

LAVA LAKE — Known mostly as a rainbow trout fishery, this lake is an ideal … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Sparks Lake Trail

Upper-elevation trail offers challenges

This time of year, in late summer, mountain biking loses its luster in Central Oregon. … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: King Castle

This McKenzie-area trail will challenge mountain bikers

MCKENZIE BRIDGE — Demoralizing seems the best way to describe the 2,000-foot climb up the … Read more

Gem of the North Fork-Farewell bike loop? Waterfalls

Go for the 10-mile hiking challenge, stay for the scenery

Vehicles filled the parking area at Tumalo Falls and hikers clogged the start of the … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Catch and Release

Crucial connector between Storm King and Tyler’s Traverse

It might be hard to get excited about just 4.6 miles of trail. But when … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Swede Ridge Loop

A challenging, scenic ride west of Bend

A butterfly here. A dragonfly there. Then a flurry of giant bumblebees, mosquitoes and whatever … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Suttle Lake Tie and Loop

Loop ride near Sisters good for families

The Deschutes National Forest just northwest of Sisters has long held a commanding allure for … Read more

Some Phil’s Trail singletrack now wide open

Mountain bikers may be shocked, but experts say it does the forest good

Phil’s Trail is open seven days a week again and the weekday closures that Central … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: The Whoops Trail

This trail set the precedent for downhill singletrack in Central Oregon

As mountain biking has progressed over the past several years, many new trails with downhill … Read more

Horse Butte

Trails offer a good alternative in the fall and winter

A large-scale project by the U.S. Forest Service is affecting mountain biking opportunities in Central … Read more

Maston area

Maston area near Redmond offers flat, rolling trails near the Deschutes River canyon

Just as golf courses have signature holes, mountain biking areas can have their signature sections. … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Smith Rock trails

Climbs and views at Smith Rock State Park

TERREBONNE — Smith Rock State Park is home to one of my favorite pieces of … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Peterson Ridge

The area near Sisters offers myriad loop options for mountain bikers

SISTERS — The Peterson Ridge Trail System now has so many junctions and connectors, the … Read more

Need a change? Bike on lush McKenzie

The McKenzie River Trail offers something entirely different from High Desert singletrack

MCKENZIE BRIDGE — The McKenzie River Trail is only about an hour’s drive west from … Read more

Fall is the time to ride in Bend

Funner-Tiddlywinks loop remains a favorite in the Wanoga system

The prime mountain biking season is upon us here in Central Oregon. Rainfall and cooler … Read more

Charlton Lake Trail offers tough singletrack

A challenging, remote ride deep in the Deschutes National Forest

LITTLE CULTUS LAKE — In mountain biking, it is always best to know your limitations. … Read more

Tackle tough, technical trails on Lookout Mountain

Grueling climbs and a thrilling 8-mile descent deep in the Ochocos

Lookout Mountain is one of those trails in which a little pain and suffering is … Read more

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