Swede Ridge Loop

High country loop near Tumalo Falls includes challenging climbs and sprawling Cascade views

SKYLINER SNO-PARK — Tumalo Falls trailhead is packed this time of year with tourists and … Read more

Suttle Lake Tie and Loop

Loop near Sisters is a fairly easy, mellow ride with lots of scenery

SISTERS — Suttle Lake is well-known as a camping, fishing and boating destination in Central … Read more

Storm King-Tyler’s Traverse loop

Ideal late-spring loop offers variety of terrain

This is certainly an exciting time of year for Central Oregon mountain bikers. As the … Read more

Homestead Pump Track

New pump track in Redmond is popular among all ages and abilities

REDMOND — On a recent warm, sunny day after school hours, the Homestead Park Bike … Read more

Horse Ridge

Technical terrain and plenty of climbing highlight this area east of Bend

The Badlands Wilderness east of Bend offers hikers the chance to explore an intriguing desert … Read more


The relatively flat, desert singletrack is a good option for novice riders

The tires were nearly flat. The chain was bone dry. There might as well have … Read more

Fall and winter riding options

Horse Butte and Horse Ridge, and the area in between, offer some adventure for riders

For some, mountain biking is yet another way to stay fit while enjoying the outdoors. … Read more

Ticket to Ride

New loop offers a fast, easy options for riders

Mountain bikers looking for a quick, easy loop to ride in the mornings, during the … Read more

Namesake of Central Oregon’s famous Phil’s Trail reflects on early days

Phil Meglasson, 77, still mountain bikes about every other day

Most days, no one would recognize Phil Meglasson among the hundreds of mountain bikers at … Read more

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

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