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A Guide to Updating Bend Trails

We’ve gotten a few emails from folks asking us how to update trail reports on the website. After emailing some instructions, it seemed like a better idea to write a quick post about it.

If you have suggestions about the site, or run into trouble, drop us an email.

The images below are from the desktop version, but phones work pretty much the same.

To Change the Trail Report

Update Bend Trail Report

Use the pull down menu to update the trail status. Once saved it will update site-wide.

Step 1: Create an Account

Click Join in the main menu. Already have an account? Skip to Step 4 below.

Step 2: Check Your Email, Click the Link

The site will generate a one-time link which will allow you to pick a password. If you lose your password, the process is basically the same, just click the ‘Lost your password?’ link.

Step 3: Pick a Password

Not ‘1234’ or ‘StarWars’. Make it hard to guess. Different from your bank account.

Optional: Customize Your Profile Photo

You can add an optional avatar to your profile by setting up an account at Gravatar is a universal avatar format which works on nearly all websites.

Step 4: Log In to BendTrails

You’ll find a Log In link in the main menu. Boom. You’re in!

Step 5: Find the Trail You’d Like to Update

From the main trail list or the Bend trail map. Whatever you prefer.

Step 6: Use the Status Drop Down, and Hit Update

On desktop computers and tablets, you’ll find it in the upper right Trail Snapshot. On phones, the menu is probably near the bottom of the first screen. We log the timestamp and your username but don’t display them to the public.

To Leave a Comment

Bend Trail User Reports

Once you’ve registered and logged in you can start or add to a threaded discussion about a trail (or a blog post). Newest comments always appear at the top.

Step 1: Log In as Noted Above

Scroll down. Discussions are on the bottom of the page.

Step 2: To Post a New Comment

Just type in the text field and hit Post Comment. Kerpow.

Optional: Replying to a Comment

If you want to have a threaded discussion or reply to a specific point, just hit Reply and your comment will be attached like the illustration above.

Optional: Set-up Your Profile Photo

Visit the Gravatar website and follow their instructions to set-up a universal WordPress avatar.

The newest comments appear at the top and older comments follow. Click the reply button to add a comment to a thread.

  1. Charles Bradley says:

    Anybody know how to get a good PDF map of the Phils trails complex. The map here while up to date can’t be downloaded. The forest service map is very out of date.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      We sell bend maps in our web shop. That same map is available as a digital download as well on avenza app.

  2. Brian Jones says:

    Just thinking… it may be worthwhile to post trail conditions that go back a week instead of having posts that go back over a month or more or even last year…. The more updated information will streamline what we need to know and reduce the clutter and keep things relevant.

    1. BendTrails says:

      Thanks for the idea. Some trail conditions stay the same for 6 months or more and users tend not to report unless the conditions have changed. Maybe six months might be a good time to set the status to ‘Report Needed’?

      1. Brian Jones says:

        Sounds good, 6 months should be a good feedback time loop especially if trail clearing needs to be noted. Anything later than that would seem to be more or less irrelevant.

  3. Marty Dawson says:

    Swamp Wells up from China Hat rd down Coyote Loop. Nice conditions due to the recent rain. No trees down.

  4. Scott Fairbanks says:

    Any plans to add Crooked River Ranch?

    1. Yep. I saw Mark’s article the other day. We’ll add these trails to the site when track down some GPX data. It looks like an interesting place to ride.

  5. Joel Blatt says:

    This is great and thank you. Perhaps, send an email blast to encourage usage/adoption?

    1. Good Call Joel. In March, folks who update the site could win some sweet prizes from our BendTrails Sponsors. More on that soon…

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