The Bend Trail Blog

Don't Ride Around Snow Patches

Riding Around Snow Patches? Really?

Don’t ride around the snow. Ride or walk where the trail is. Ok, so we all know it’s been a long winter and there has been limited to no riding. Finally, a few of the trails are slowly opening up and there’s some dirt to be found. I can do a two hour ride at […]


Post-holes, Multi-Use Trails & Etiquette

I’ve seen a few complaints on social media over the past month from fat bikers about their favorite snow route being “post-holed” by hikers/runners. This is something I want to talk about today. Post-Holing occurs when a hiker/runner/animal travels on an otherwise smooth, packed-down snow trail. Each footprint leaves a hole in the snow. These holes make […]

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 […]

Riding in Snow

Tips for Riding in Snow

It’s been a dry few weeks in Bend, but there is moisture beginning to fall again. With snow comes snow biking! Fat bikes, skinny bikes and cross bikes all work fine. Please make note that for riding like this you need firm ground. Previously frozen or previously dry. If there has been mud on the […]

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 […]


Size Matters

As most of you may know I’ve been around mountain biking from the beginning. At first we all had 26″ wheels until about 10 years ago when 29er wheels became really popular. It takes time for riders to change… Today, most of the pro XC racers use bikes with 29 inch wheels. One of The […]

Meet John. My Hero.

Ever since the short section of the COD Reroute (aka Rockstacker) has been open, almost every time I am working on the trail, an older gentleman comes riding along with what looks to be volleyball elbow pads, smiles, and continues on – unfazed by the challenging terrain. My first encounter with him was when he was heading […]

Sedona Rocky Trail Climb

Now for Something Completely Different

In May I had a chance to meet up with some of my mountain biking friends from Kauai in Sedona and St. George. Having never ridden either spot, and missing my friends, and being over due for a bike trip, I jumped at the chance. Rather than write a travel piece which isn’t really my […]

Cascade Lakes Welcome Station

Your Gateway to Recreation

The new Cascade Lakes Welcome Station opened on March 18th of 2016 and offers a lot of amenities for locals and visitors looking to explore the area. Located on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, you can stop in for maps, recreation and sno-park passes, interpretive guides and information about the Deschutes National Forest. The Welcome […]

Logging near Grand Slam Trail

Phil’s Area Trail Closure

This page was updated on May 14th with new info from the USFS about the closure. — Here’s an informative blog post which explains a bit more about the West Bend Forest Restoration project. As of Friday, May 13th at 5:00 PM, Phil’s Trail, Marvin’s Garden, The Lair, Elfin Magic, and KGB will now be […]


Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Nicole Strong on the West Bend Project The Phil’s Area is closed through most of the Summer on weekdays. Closure information has been updated here. If you spend a lot of time in the forest, you develop an emotional attachment to your landscape, to your forest, and the trees and wildlife that live there. When […]