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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. You can’t go wrong with 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?

Mostly no. But there are some exceptions.

E-bikes, electric bikes, pedal assist bikes, and all types of motorized vehicle are prohibited on all National Forest single-track by USFS regulations (this is about 99% of the trails you’ll find on this map).

Any forest road where you can ride a motorcycle is ok for e-bikes. You can also ride them on land managed by the BLM which includes Maston, Horse Ridge, and Cline Buttes.

If you chose to ride these areas on an e-bike, please ride with the flow of traffic! In other words: don’t climb Sand Canyon, Trail 1, or any other single-track which will have high-speed downhill traffic.

Q: Why don’t you publish e-bike trails on BendTrails?

We don’t own or ride e-bikes and the effort required to catalog that information is formidable. We’re not ‘for’ or ‘against’ them — e-bikes are just something we’re not involved in.

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.
  • Sand Canyon and Trail 1 are not technically one way (DH) trails, but they are basically un-climbable and have very high speed (35mph or faster) downhill traffic — so please don’t climb them, there are better ways to get to the summits.

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.

Q: I was curious if there’s a particular reason why the website isn’t utilizing the Facebook Pixel?

We don’t use the pixel (anymore) because we decided that letting Facebook track our visitors isn’t in the users best interest of our visitors — and we exist for them. If they were clamoring to be tracked, we’d definitely put the pixel on there.

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