Charlton Lake Loop

Rugged, remote ride offers a challenge to mountain bikers

Early fall — after the bugs are long gone and before the snow flies — … Read more

Newberry Crater Rim Loop

The 20-mile loop around Newberry Crater is a challenging ride with volcanic views

One minute, my high-tech GPS watch showed I was riding along at 23 mph. The … Read more

Catch and Release/Deschutes River Trail loop

Plenty of variety on this 12-mile loop

Finding new mountain bike loops in Central Oregon is never that difficult considering the seemingly … Read more

Tumalo Creek Trail

Trail near Tumalo Falls a good option for beginners

The Tumalo Creek Trail west of Bend is an ideal path for mountain bikers looking … Read more

Swampy Lakes

10-mile loop offers a good mix of climbing and downhill

SWAMPY LAKES SNO-PARK — With most upper-elevation bike trails now snow-free in Central Oregon, and … Read more

Mt. Bachelor Bike Park

Lift-served, downhill trails mean easy up and thrilling down

MOUNT BACHELOR — Dust flying behind his bike’s wheels, Tom Lomax ripped around a bermed … Read more

Tumalo Ridge-Skyliners Loop

13-mile loop offers some of Central Oregon’s best mountain biking trails

The area surrounding Tumalo Falls west of Bend is a mountain bike paradise with multiple … Read more

McKenzie River Trail

Renowned trail features stunning scenery in the thick, green Willamette National Forest

MCKENZIE BRIDGE — Sometimes, trails are better ridden in sections than in their entirety. The … Read more

Funner-Tiddlywinks loop

This 13-mile loop offers cross-country climbs and freeride flavor

Even after 17 years of exploring the trails in Central Oregon, I am continually amazed … Read more

Black Rock Trail

Trail skirts the edge of a vast lava flow between the Deschutes River and Lava Butte

By itself, the Black Rock Trail is worthy of the short trip south of Bend … Read more

Peterson Ridge Trail system

Lots of loop options and outstanding views make these trails near Sisters a rider favorite

SISTERS — It may seem hard to justify the half-hour drive from Bend to ride … Read more

Smith Rock and Gray Butte trails

Ride remote areas of Smith Rock State Park

TERREBONNE — As Smith Rock State Park becomes increasingly busy during the spring, rock climbers … Read more

The Otter Bench trail system

Early spring is an optimal time to enjoy the rugged Crooked River Gorge along the Otter Bench trail system

CROOKED RIVER RANCH — Opal Canyon is one of those places where mountain bikers dismount … Read more

Horse Ridge

Central Oregon riders have many trail choices through the fall and winter

The wind whipped across the High Desert as I continued climbing up the steep trail … Read more

Grand Slam-COD loop

Loop a is good option close to Bend during the fall

Mountain bikers in Bend no longer have to worry about trail closures near town stemming … Read more

Mountain biking in Shevlin Park

Early fall is a great time to hit trails close to Bend, including those in Shevlin Park

During the late summer and early fall, perhaps nothing gets mountain bikers more excited than … Read more

Tyler’s Traverse and Duodenum

Duodenum is a recently added loop trail in the Wanoga complex southwest of Bend

The poor air quality that pervaded Central Oregon over the past few weeks had kept … Read more

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

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

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

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