Bend Area Highlights
- A cross-country mountain bikers dream destination.
- Riding for all skill levels and terrain preferences.
- Drier climate with sandy volcanic soil makes for great winter riding areas.
- Lots of alpine riding.
- Trails suit a wide variety of riding equipment.
Video by Kent Johnson, NorCal Productions
There’s something for everyone in the trails surrounding Bend. Dry, volcanic soil makes for smooth and fast riding most of the year, and rolling cross-country single-track that’s not technically difficult allows novice riders a chance at the good stuff, while still offering experienced shredders plenty of excitement at higher speeds. These trails are also great for a wide variety of riding styles and equipment — it’s not uncommon to see a ’cross bike on a mountain bike trail in Bend. Many Bend-area trails are managed and maintained by the Central Oregon Trail Alliance, a great, nonprofit, volunteer-driven collaboration between local riders and the Forest Service — so trails are built and preserved year-round using sustainable land-management practices.
Bend itself offers a fantastic post-ride destination, with dozens of local breweries and restaurants, plus great lodging options. Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours, the only mountain bike tour company in Central Oregon, is also a great resource. Cog Wild offers local day trips, including a Bachelor-to-Bend ride and a Central Oregon single-track sampler, as well as fully supported mountain bike vacations, such as “Bend’s Ultimate Adventure,” “Bend Family Adventure” and “Bend Bike & Brew.”