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COVID-19 Trail Updates

Deschutes National Forest to open many day-use recreation sites by the weekend Majority of day-use and boating sites to open with no services, but some still closed Date: May 20, 2020 Bend, OR – Prior to Memorial Day weekend, the Deschutes National Forest will open most developed day-use sites and boat ramps on the national […]

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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 […]

Bend Fatbike Trails

Gary’s Top Fat Bike Routes

One of the nice things about fatbiking in the winter is the trails are NEVER the same day to day and often hour to hour. Check the weather before you go out. Be prepared, and carry extra warm clothes. Make sure you always yield to snowshoers and skiers! If you’re new to the sport, check […]

Mountain Biking Golden Basin

My Love Affair with Horse Ridge

If any of you read the trail updates you might notice I post a lot of Horse Ridge updates. You might even wonder if I ride anywhere else. I do, but not as often as Horse Ridge. Maston is too flat for me, I would rather ski. I do ride there I love what COTA […]

Riding in Snow

Tips for Riding in Snow

With snow comes snow biking! Fat bikes, skinny bikes and cross bikes can all be fun to ride in the snow. Please make note that for riding like this you need firm ground. Previously frozen or previously dry. If there has been mud on the trails and we get 2″ of snow on top of […]

Rockfall Trail at Mt. Bachelor

The New Rockfall DH Trail

Mt. Bachelor Bike Park’s newest trail is also its most technically advanced… If you’re like me, you’ve been staring longingly at Rockfall since Mt. Bachelor first put in pin-flags marking the route two years ago. Then, this year, you started hooting and hollering at the trail crew while they were working on it (“Looking good! […]

Elk Pond Cascade Lakes

Respecting the Middle Flagline Trail Closure

Flagline Trail Closure and Elk Calving Grounds Authors: Brock McCormick, Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service; Nicole Strong, Assistant Professor, Forestry and Natural Resources Extension, Oregon State University Around this time every year, snowpack melts to such an extent that we finally gain access to our highly anticipated alpine trails. It might be tempting to try […]

Adventures in the Cascades

My Summer With Trans-Cascadia and OTTA. This is my third and final blog post focusing primarily on the Cascade Crest. It’s full of stories from last summer. It’s long with tons of photos from myself and friends who were there. In case you missed a previous post here are the links: Post 1: Discover the […]

Old Cascade Crest Trail Work

Cascade Crest – the Work Begins

Starting a Dialogue with the USFS & Clearing Trails! The day after my recon ride with Steve in the Old Cascade Crest (OCC), I contacted Kevin Rowell of the Willamette Middle Fork ranger district. I asked him how to go about getting permission to work on the OCC trails. Kevin has been a driving force […]

Discover the Cascade Crest

From Beta Explorations to 75 Miles of New Singletrack! I am constantly scanning the landscape for trails, envisioning potential trails, or just day dreaming about what trails might lie just outside of view. This happens every time I drive the Santiam highway from Sisters to Salem. So much endless potential with the terrain but not […]

Boise Trail Maps

New Boise Trails Website!

In June of 2017 Joe and I got a DM on Instagram from Kirk Cheney and Jason Delgadillo, a couple of guys we knew from BoiseTrailPics. They said they were coming to Bend with some friends and wanted to meet up for a ride. Joe was out of town, but I’m always looking for any […]

Mountain Biking in Moab

Moab Mountain Biking Road Trip

During the last week of October, a group of us packed up the truck and headed to Moab for five days of mountain biking, Mexican food, and Oregon beer (pro tip: take good beer to Utah). Not many destinations get as much media coverage as Moab so we figured we better head down there and […]