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North Fork / Flagline Loop

  • Length:
    20.6 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Challenging
  • Nearby Cities:
    Bend, La Pine, Sisters
  • Region:
    Central Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Forest, Moderately Technical

Trailhead Elevation: 4967 ft

Directions

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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 tripcheck.com, 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: Follow Skyliner Road 10 miles west of Bend until it turns into gravel road FS 4603 and crosses Tumalo Creek; continue another 3 miles to Tumalo Falls and park there. (20 minutes from Bend.)

Highlights: An incredible loop climbing up the North Fork and Metolius/Windigo Trails, then descending the Metolius/Windigo Trail to the Flagline trail and then down the South Fork trail back to Tumalo Falls. Expect lots of scenery as you pass seven waterfalls, ride through high alpine meadows and descend through a sub-alpine forest.

Seasons: August 15th through early Fall

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

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