Advanced MTN Bike Ride: Flagline Trail to Bend: Bellas and Fellas

August 19, 2016

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  • Nearby Cities:
    Bend, Warm Springs, La Pine, Redmond, Prineville
  • Region:
    Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, Willamette Valley
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Where: We can do our own shuttling, or if we get enough people interested we can hire a private Cog Wild van to take us all up to Dutchman. Let me know if you prefer we hire a van ($10-15 per person), or organize our own shuttling. If we do our own shuttling, we will consolidate bikes and people from the meeting place of the Bend Athletic Club parking lot and then after the ride some of us will have to drive back up to Dutchman Sno Park at the end of the ride to retrieve cars.

Ride Details: Flagline Trail is a super-fun downhill, that we will have to earn by a tough uphill start. Then the ride becomes a beautiful, rolly, curvy, and root-filled gem of a trail. And there are some rocks too that we Bellas can choose to walk or ride.

We will start the ride at Dutchman Sno Park and ride the Flagline Trail to the Swampy Shelter, then ride the north side of Swede Ridge Loop to Sector 16, Upper Whoops, and Pine Drops. Then we will head on down to Phil’s Trailhead via Phil’s and Kents.

The fact that Flagline is closed for most of the summer (to isolate it for elk calving) makes it a highly anticipated route when August 15th rolls around — it’s pretty much guaranteed that weekend the parking lot at Dutchman Sno Park will be loaded with cars so let’s go on a weekday, Friday the 19th, to beat the weekenders (take the day off for this one!).

Bring a well-tuned mountain bike, snacks AND a light lunch, plenty of hydration, tools, spare tubes and first aid supplies. Helmets are mandatory.

This ride is 25 miles of trails (and if we do our own shuttling add a few miles of flat trails and paved roads back to our cars). 3.5-4.5 hours depending of the speed of the group, number of rest stops, etc. We will stop at all trail intersections and wait for the group to be together before starting again.

This ride is for advanced riders. The rider should be comfortable with more technical terrain that will include larger and/or more frequent trail obstacles, tighter turns and greater ascents and descents. All riders have an obligation to the ride coordinator to let her know if they are leaving the ride. Bella rides are “no drop” rides. No one will get left behind unless they choose to cut a ride short, want to go faster than the group or take a different route. When you leave the group, you are on your own. If you don’t know the ride route or trail, print a copy of the map or cue sheet that is linked on every ride announcement.

For more information: Contact Bonnie Phippen at 415-215-2202 or Please RSVP.

***Be sure to bring your signed waivers if you are not a Bella’s member. Non-members are welcome on their first ride without a
membership but must sign a waiver and give it to the ride leader before the ride. Please note that this privilege may only be used once
– you must become a member before attending your second Bella ride. You can download a waiver here:

BEND BELLA CYCLISTS waiver 2015-16.****Fellas must bring a signed waiver to the ride.


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