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When is the Best Time to Mountain Bike in Bend? And other Frequently Asked Questions…

Q: Where are the best places to rent a mountain bike in Bend?

There are lots of great mountain bike rental options in Bend. Sunnyside Sports is one of Bend’s original bike shops and features mountain and road bikes from Ibis, Trek and Yeti. Pine Mountain Sports is close to the trailhead and has MTB rentals from Santa Cruz, Trek, and Juliana. And, last but definitely not least, Hutch’s Bicycles has a wide selection of Specialized, Giant, and Liv bikes that they rent out of their three Central Oregon locations. You can’t go wrong with any of these great shops.

Q: What trails can you shuttle?

Once we get into summer and the snow recedes (usually in late-May), you can shuttle from Wanoga, Skyliner, Swampy Lakes, and Dutchman Sno-Parks back to town. Check out the trail map and pick a route!

If you’re interested in hiring a shuttle, or taking a guided tour (in Bend or Oakridge) — click over to Cog Wild. They run frequent shuttles from several local bike shops and from their office at the base of our trail network. Ask them about their shuttle punch cards — those are a great deal.

Q: Can we use our e-bikes on BendTrails?

No. Please don’t. E-bikes, electric bikes, pedal assist bikes, and all types of motorized vehicle are prohibited on Bend’s single track by USFS regulations. Any forest road where you can ride a motorcycle is probably ok for e-bikes. Check out this blog post for more.

Q: Which trails are one-way only?

Almost all trails are two-way trails with just a few exceptions. And, any trail which is one-way is clearly marked with signs that read “one way trail, do not enter”.

  • Ben’s is one way (climbing only).
  • Phil’s is mostly one-way downhill — but there is a two-way section above the Kent’s junction — so that’s a little confusing.
  • Lower Whoops is one-way downhill — with an adjacent climbing route on the forest road or by climbing Pine Drops.
  • Tiddlywinks has one-way downhill sections, with a few uphill climbing re-routes — same with Funner.
  • Tyler’s Traverse is all one-way down but there’s an adjacent climbing route for riders who want to climb to the top.

Q: How are Bend trail conditions in the spring? We usually come in October.

October is pretty ideal here. May – not so much. Last year (2018), the lower trails were doing pretty well in May but anything above 4500 feet or so was snowy. This year there is MUCH more snow than last year so that doesn’t help.

Our Instagram page and Facebook Group tend to document conditions pretty well.

Q: Which Central Oregon trails are truly multi-use and which are not?

All trails are multi-use trails in that hikers, runners and walkers can use any trail they want. Other users are excluded sometimes (bikes, horses, motos) — but never foot users.

Some of the trails on BendTrails.org are prone to high speed bike traffic and have short visibility corridors — so eyes forward and ear-buds out for safety.

Q: Which Bend trails are usually open for winter riding (not fat bike)?

Best bets for dirt are gonna be Maston, Cline Buttes, Horse Butte and Horse Ridge which have all been riding well this week with only small areas of snow. Subject to change of course.

Q: What is the legend you are using for the trail condition? What does the little tree represent?

Basically, un-ridable snow or ice trails are tinted blue, and green ones (with trees) have deadfall reported. Those with no tint and no trees are usually ‘good to go’.

Q: Who was responsible for approving new trails, trail maintenance, naming trails, etc.?

The Central Oregon Trail Alliance builds, names, and maintains all the trails from the Ochocos to La Pine (the USFS oversees COTA and approves all new trails). Outlying areas like Oakridge and the Cascade Crest have similar trail groups: GOATs, SATA, etc.

 

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