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Cultus Lakes – Loop or Out and Back

  • Length:
    12 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Nearby Cities:
    La Pine, Bend, Redmond, Terrebonne, Crescent
  • Region:
    Central Oregon, Southern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Lake Views, Moderately Technical, Single-Track

Trailhead Elevation: 4698 ft


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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

Trailhead: Head 35 miles southwest of Bend on Highway 97 and then Highway 40 to the Cascade Lakes Highway (Hwy 46). Turn south to the Cultus Lake access road, and follow this a couple miles to the the lake. (1 hour total from Bend.)

Highlights: Great single-track through a sub-alpine forest, and you can swim in the clear, blue waters of Cultus Lake. It’s best to ride this loop in a clockwise direction. Be sure to get a milkshake at the Cultus Lake Resort after your effort

Seasons: Summer and fall

A detailed map of this trail and others nearby is available through Adventure Maps, an Oregon company, at local bike shops and outdoor retailers, as well as online at


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