The Middle Fork Trail is a change of pace for Central Oregon mountain bikers

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

Mountain biking at La Pine State Park

Trails ideal for beginners and families

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

Mountain biking on the Mrazek Trail west of Bend

The 14-mile stretch of singletrack is a good option with lots of variety

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

Biking the Redmond Radlands

Trail system features 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

Cline buttes offer mountain biking thrills, with more to come

Cline Buttes near Redmond offers thrilling trails for mountain bikers, and more to come

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 ride offers singletrack options

Fall into this loop west of Bend

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

Long loop ride showcases the best of Central Oregon

The 21-mile North Fork-Flagline route west of Bend is popular for mountain bikers

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

Fall is prime time to ride 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 along the lava lakes

Trails near Lava and Little Lava lakes offer scenic rides for mountain bikers

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

Mountain bike at Sparks Lake for remote, rocky challenge

Ride Central Oregon’s upper-elevation trails now

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

This McKenzie-area trail will challenge mountain bikers

King Castle Trail is a serious climb, but with rewarding views and downhill thrills

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

New connector is a perfect fit for Bend mountain bike trail network

Catch and Release Trail a crucial connector west of Bend — and just a good ride

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

High country opening up for mountain biking

Swede Ridge Loop is 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 biking Suttle Lake Tie and Loop

The lovely lake loop ride near Sisters is a good fit for riders of most skill levels

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

This Bend mountain bike trail gets better with age

Whoops 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

Plenty of mountain bike trail options during closures

As several trails remain closed west of Bend, Horse Butte is one of many other alternatives

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

Mountain bike trail guide: Desert singletrack to start the season

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

Smith Rock riding yields risks and rewards

The climb to reach the Gray Butte Trail is well worth the effort for mountain bikers

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

Ride the ‘crown jewel’ of bike trails

The Alpine Trail near Oakridge has it all

OAKRIDGE — This was sensory overload. I was simply riding too fast. That can happen … Read more

Newberry Rim offers spectacular singletrack

Loop mountain bike ride east of La Pine has stunning views

NEWBERRY NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT — Call it “earning your turns,” mountain bike style. Much like … Read more

Cooler temps put mountain bikers back on the trail

Grand Slam Trail, west of Bend, is good technical riding

During the dog days of a Central Oregon summer, our world-renowned singletrack turns to dust, … Read more

Expanded Mt. Bachelor Bike Park opens Friday

More mountain biking trails available for beginning riders

MOUNT BACHELOR — Downhill mountain biking is not necessarily for everybody. Riding a chairlift up … Read more

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