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Ben’s Mountain Bike Trail in Bend

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
5.5 miles
Elevation
838'
Rating
Forecast
Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

Trail Reports

  • Marty Dawson May 13, 2017 at 8:42 am5/1217 Friday. Rode up Bens to 300, down unofficial, VooDoo to Kents? Phils, KGB to chicken and down PHils. The rain did a nice job tamping down the dirt and dust. Very smooth.
  • Grace Ogawa May 8, 2017 at 7:50 pmAll good from TH to Rd 300!
  • Nick Skinner April 28, 2017 at 6:58 pmI'll Second Peter. Thanks for the work to fix an obvious drainage problem instead of complaining about mud riding. Trail re-route is way better!
  • Peter Fox April 26, 2017 at 11:13 pmThanks for fixing the mess on Ben's trail and turning it back into a single track trail.
  • Adam Richards April 23, 2017 at 12:01 pmBen's to Rd 300 is solid. The one mud puddle is barely mud anymore - maybe 6" wide of actual wetness. It looks like some folks were recently there caring for the trail - thank you!!! Rode Phil's down from 300 and it's perfect top to bottom, zero snow and zero mud.
  • Bruce Bradshaw April 22, 2017 at 7:46 amOne mud puddle remains. A couple others look dried out, but blocked with branches and ride arounds established.
  • Miguel Montaña April 16, 2017 at 8:43 amBen's between MTB and KGB remains muddy. Suggest taking MTB down to Kent's and KGB back up to Ben's. All other portions of the Ben's are in great shape.
 

Trail Description

Ben’s trail is a one-way climbing trail starting at Phil’s Trailhead and climbing up to Rd 300 near the bottom of Lower Whoops.

The trail is fairly mellow the whole way with a few somewhat rocky sections here and there. Historically it has been a 2-way trail, but in April 2014 that changed via the Directional Trails program. This has been a controversial decision, but overall it’s been well received.

Lots of riders will take MTB, Voodoo, or KGB from Ben’s for a quick “after-work” loop option.

Ben’s trail is named after Ben Husaby.

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Trail Reports » Ben’s

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  1. Marty Dawson says:

    5/1217 Friday. Rode up Bens to 300, down unofficial, VooDoo to Kents? Phils, KGB to chicken and down PHils. The rain did a nice job tamping down the dirt and dust. Very smooth.

  2. Grace Ogawa says:

    All good from TH to Rd 300!

  3. Nick Skinner says:

    I’ll Second Peter. Thanks for the work to fix an obvious drainage problem instead of complaining about mud riding. Trail re-route is way better!

  4. Peter Fox says:

    Thanks for fixing the mess on Ben’s trail and turning it back into a single track trail.

  5. Adam Richards says:

    Ben’s to Rd 300 is solid. The one mud puddle is barely mud anymore – maybe 6″ wide of actual wetness. It looks like some folks were recently there caring for the trail – thank you!!! Rode Phil’s down from 300 and it’s perfect top to bottom, zero snow and zero mud.

  6. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    One mud puddle remains. A couple others look dried out, but blocked with branches and ride arounds established.

  7. Miguel Montaña says:

    Ben’s between MTB and KGB remains muddy. Suggest taking MTB down to Kent’s and KGB back up to Ben’s. All other portions of the Ben’s are in great shape.

  8. Miguel Montaña says:

    Still muddy between MTB and KGB.

    One option is to ride Ben’s to MTB, head over to Kent’s, turn right onto KGB back towards Ben’s.

    Avoid the mud while things dry out.

  9. Mike Prochaska says:

    Turned around just after MTB and looped Ben’s/MTB/Kent’s, yesterday. Large puddles and mud on Ben’s still there. I assume it’s in all the low spots btwn MTB and KGB as mentioned below. My actions inspired another random rider behind me, whom I’d just passed, to do the same and turn around. Ditto below comments: it may take a few weeks to dry out, so stay off Ben’s above the MTB jct. The amount of ride-arounds at the first large puddle/low-spot is shocking.

  10. Eric Kutter says:

    Should have looked here first. As Matt says, don’t go past MTB for a couple weeks at least. That mud section just past MTB is brutal. Maybe a trail reroute is in-order as unfortunately enough riders are going through there that an unofficial one is being made. It’s about a 300 yard section with mud/standing water up to 6″ deep.

  11. Matt Lieto says:

    If you love single track, does that mean you’ll love double track twice as much? Sadly not too surprised by folk’s inability to remain patient riding these “lower” trails. Ben’s above MTB should most definitely NOT be ridden. Yes, it’s good for portions, but the deep rutted mud sections and ride arounds are turning our awesome single track into wide double track. Please wait till it dries, there are plenty of dry ass trails out east and low to loop out for a few hours. A few weeks and it should be golden.

  12. Miguel Montaña says:

    As previously reported, Ben’s is muddy past MTB.

  13. Chad Ash says:

    Great to MTB. Lots of standing water between MTB and KGB. Best to avoid it until it dries out a little.

  14. Miguel Montaña says:

    Ben’s is decent up to MTB, and probably beyond. But no great options other than going back down Ben’s.

  15. Dave Custer says:

    Light snow dusting, firm dirt, few light mud spots near the TH

  16. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    Not really muddy, but lots of puddles.

  17. Adam Richards says:

    Sizable tree down 100 yards below Rd. 300. Otherwise gorgeous top to bottom (okay technically bottom to top).

    1. Joe Myers says:

      We went to find said tree this morning and were told by riders that there was nothing to clear. It’s either clear now or the ride-around has now become the trail.

  18. Truett Shilling says:

    No mud or wet spots all the way to Voodoo today. was perfection.

  19. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    Mud is mostly between Voodoo and Road 300.

  20. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    No deadfall across trail.

  21. Siobhan McNulty says:

    As of the afternoon of 3/28, Ben’s was riding well. There were a few wet spots between the trailhead and mile 4 but, super dry up to Road 300. There’s a tree down between mile 4 and 5.

  22. Dave Coppedge says:

    Trail is riding really well. some wet spots below voodoo from freeze/thaw and a couple downed trees just past voodoo

  23. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    Worth noting the 300 road is rideable to Phil’s from the end of Ben’s. There’s snow in a few spots, but the ruts are melted out.

  24. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    One tree does not make “lots”. Freeze-thaw is making for sliminess, More lower than higher.

  25. Tristan S says:

    A few wet spots above Voodoo, and one downed tree. Otherwise excellent condition!

    1. Chris Morgan says:

      The one downed tree is above Voodoo in the top section. 3 or 4 people could probably move it.

  26. Steve Warden says:

    Road Ben’s to Voodoo Tuesday 3-15. Dry to KGB, but damp, some mud and h2o pools. Ok on Fat Tire but not regular . Needs to dry more.

    1. Steve Miller says:

      Great up to voodoo. A little mud and snow after that up to 300 road.

  27. David Caplan says:

    3/6. Ben’s is dry and firm up to the Voodoo junction except for a few post-rain puddles.

  28. The Ben’s, MTB, Kent’s loop is riding great on the fatbike today. I tried to get further up Ben’s and Kent’s but ran into deep un-packed snow so I turned around.

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