Directions: From Bend, take U.S. Highway 97 south to the main turn into Sunriver (S. Century Drive). After 22 miles on Forest Road 40 (Spring River Road), turn left onto Cascade Lakes Highway. Turn right onto Road 4635 at sign for Cultus Lake. Continue to campground and the Winopee Lake Trailhead.

Trail features: An intermediate out-and-back ride that skirts three lakes. The trail includes densely wooded sections as well as open vistas of Cultus Lake.

Length: The out-and-back from Cultus Lake to Little Cultus Lake is about 16 miles and is all singletrack.

Rating: Aerobically moderate and technically intermediate.

Mountain bikers have a number of trail options this summer near Cultus Lake, a popular recreational spot in the Central Oregon high country. The Cultus Lake campground and the Winopee Lake Trailhead at Cultus were reopened by the U.S. Forest Service last week after contractors cut down dying trees that were in danger of falling. Mountain bikers and hikers can access trails from near the campground, or from Little Cultus Lake. From the smaller lake, mountain bikers can ride to nearby Cultus Lake and back, or take on a longer ride to Charlton or Waldo lakes to the southwest. Cultus Lake is far better known for camping, water skiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing than for mountain biking — but the area features some underrated trails that are worth the trip.

—Mark Morical, The Bulletin

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