Non-Guided McKenzie River MTB Camping Trip – Cog Wild
July 5 - 7, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Meet us at Cog Wild Headquarters at 9 a.m. or at Delta Campground at 11 a.m. Contact us for details.
Riding Distance: 55 – 75 miles
Elevation: 1,200 -5,200 feet
After going over the map, we’ll shuttle to the trailhead for your first ride: King’s Castle to Castle Rock trail. You have the option to climb 2,500 feet to the summit of Castle Rock or do a shorter version staying in the old growth forest. The summit of Castle Rock offers an amazing panoramic view of area and a perfect spot to enjoy lunch before descending 2,500 feet of smooth, fast downhill back to the trailhead. After the ride, prepare your dinner to enjoy around the campfire with a Deschutes Brewery beer. Or drive to the one restaurant in the area or to soak in the pool at nearby Belknap Hot Springs.
Mileage: 12-20 miles
The second day we ride the famous McKenzie River Trail! This deservedly well-known and popular trail is a mixture of technical singletrack with lava rock, roots and bridge crossings and flowy, fast sections. With stunning waterfalls and the “Blue Pool” along the way, this ride is a fabulous end to three great days of riding in amazing Oregon. Your guide can drop you off at multiple start locations for those not comfortable with the super techy lava sections. After the ride we will shuttle back to camp for the evening.
Mileage: 12-26 miles
After breaking down camp and moving everyone’s cars to the end of the trail, we will shuttle up into the mountains for your last day of riding. We get into a bit of history today on the historic O’Leary Trail. Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Core (CCC) in the 1930’s, today’s ride is a combination of flowy, fast singletrack mixed with hard climbs and technical sections. However, your hard work will pay off with 6,000 feet of descending. Yes, you read that correctly! A great end to three days in the McKenzie section.
Mileage: 22 – 28 miles
Climbing: +/- 2,800 feet
Descending: +/- 6,000 feet
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