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Trail Snapshot

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Length
8.6 miles
Elevation
1380'
Rating
Forecast

Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

Trail Reports

  • Joe Myers July 10, 2018 at 5:48 pmthanks for pointing that out. Edited.
  • Bruce Bradshaw July 10, 2018 at 3:10 pmYour description needs to be updated since the path to the Rim Rock path and parking (formally Good Dog) has been rebuilt.
  • Chris Shisler June 27, 2018 at 7:17 pmI had a Bobcat (or Mountain Lion. Are there Bobcats out here?!?) kitten dart out in front of me on the section of trail that connects Tetherow/Skyline Ranch RD to the COD trail. I didn't see mama but I definitely slowed down to give the little one some room to run.
  • John Scott June 26, 2018 at 3:07 pmThe trail is in great shape. Not many turns blown out. technical areas all doable and not too beaten up.
  • Robert Rekward May 25, 2018 at 5:03 pmOne tree down by the road you cross just before you reach the ELV junction (climbing up). It's old and kind of broken up. A couple people could muscle it off the trail but I was riding solo. And I'm old and feeble. :-)
  • Joe Myers April 29, 2018 at 10:27 pmHere dirt this evening. All the way up.
  • Marty Dawson April 22, 2018 at 2:45 pmRode up COD from Entrada to Ticket to Ride and down Grand Slam. finished at 12:30 and there were no burn piles or smoke at that time. But there was smoke further south on my drive home, maybe south of Century drive and west of the river?
 

Trail Description

C.O.D. is one of the more technical mountain biking trails within the Phil’s area and is a favorite for many rock lovers. The start of C.O.D. is somewhat vague. You can ride the trail as far East as SW Swarens Ave. which takes you along the bottom of a rocky ridge along Cascade Lake Highway. Very few people ride on this section. The trail crosses Skyline Ranch Road near the Tetherow golf course sign where lots of people enter the trail (on the right side of the sign).

You can also access the trail at the top of the short hill up Skyline Ranch Road, where you can drop down on the more technical trail at the bottom of the rock ridge, or travel the less technical trail along the top. In this same vicinity you can access C.O.D. across from Entrada Lodge and a quarter mile further you can also access C.O.D. across from Good Dog Park just off the Rim Rock paved path.

C.O.D. near Tetherow is rocky and technical. Momentum is the name of the game! Once you head up the steep switchback and up onto the ridge (at the Marvin’s Garden junction), the trail mellows out for a mile or so. After that, there’s a fairly good chunk of technical trail once you start heading back down the ridge. This section was recently re-routed with lots of armoring and some steep pitches. Both lines are currently open. The trail stays pretty technical for 3/4 of a mile and then pops back up on top of the ridge again.

Soon after this you will encounter ELV coming in from the right, and on the left is the start of the new Re-Route we call RockStacker. This runs for about half a mile and spits you out on a fire road. Cross the road here for about 30 yards to connect back onto the old COD. The existing C.O.D. between ELV and this road will stay as a green trail.

After Rockstacker, the trail is fairly mellow again, and eventually will be named Ticket to Ride which will take you all the way into a USFS Welcome Station as a green trail. About half way to the welcome station you will cross a logging road, where you have 2 options. One stays right and heads up a more fall line section of old road. To the left, there’s a newer route which evens out the grade and provides a longer, more scenic ride. The fall line section will eventually be closed off once the COD re-route is final.

The next significant section of C.O.D. you can ride is a black line near the welcome station and can best be a accessed by taking the more fall line option mentioned in the previous paragraph. This section will is rather technical and even has a couple small drop options. The re-route connects into the East end of this Black Line, making C.O.D. and the finished section currently is on the map and spits you out on a road. This short section is fairly mellow with some technical features, but it’s a fairly blue trail due to the terrain.

Shortly after the Black line is the Old Dirty Pirate (ODP) section of trail that has been converted from a log riding/free riding area to part of the new 2-way C.O.D. It’s still technical in a few spots but due to the USFS requiring wood features to be engineered, most obstacles have been removed.

C.O.D. is a single trail again beginning at the welcome center and start of ODP and stays as such up to Stormking. There are a couple short options here and there — but nothing as confusing as Lower C.O.D.

C.O.D. is named after bend resident Cody Davis.

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

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Trail Reports » C.O.D.

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  1. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    Your description needs to be updated since the path to the Rim Rock path and parking (formally Good Dog) has been rebuilt.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      thanks for pointing that out. Edited.

  2. Chris Shisler says:

    I had a Bobcat (or Mountain Lion. Are there Bobcats out here?!?) kitten dart out in front of me on the section of trail that connects Tetherow/Skyline Ranch RD to the COD trail. I didn’t see mama but I definitely slowed down to give the little one some room to run.

  3. John Scott says:

    The trail is in great shape. Not many turns blown out. technical areas all doable and not too beaten up.

  4. One tree down by the road you cross just before you reach the ELV junction (climbing up). It’s old and kind of broken up. A couple people could muscle it off the trail but I was riding solo. And I’m old and feeble. :-)

  5. Joe Myers says:

    Here dirt this evening. All the way up.

  6. Marty Dawson says:

    Rode up COD from Entrada to Ticket to Ride and down Grand Slam. finished at 12:30 and there were no burn piles or smoke at that time. But there was smoke further south on my drive home, maybe south of Century drive and west of the river?

  7. Trevor Miller says:

    Just an FYI, The USFS is looking at some Prescribed Burning starting as early as Sunday that may impact a few trails and produce some lingering smoke it spots. To keep appraised of things visit https://www.fs.fed.us/r6/webmaps/deschutes/west-bend/public-information/

  8. Riding perfect from the bottom up to the Visitor Center. Beyond that I’m not sure… also, looks like the VC parking lot is open again.

  9. Perfect on the fatbike today from the Stormking Junction to the Visitors’ Center. Probably muddy if it warms up.

  10. Zach Blickman says:

    Clear and dry all the way to the top.

  11. Brent Edens says:

    I did a COD/Ticket To Ride/Grand Slam ELV lop yesterday. Although I agree wit the “riding well” conditions report, there definitely were a few mushy bits.

    This is a friendly reminder that when you encounter mud it’s best to walk it but if you must ride it please go through, not around. Thanks!

  12. Derek Manwill says:

    Rode pretty well all the way up to the visitor center. A few soft spots on the sides of the trail, but the middle was solid.

  13. Ryan Pedersen says:

    The good news is that if you enjoy technical rock head down to the black line near Tetherow and session until your ? is content. Bad news is the higher trail is still very soft in many places. The 2nd tech section from the East was also riding really well but for now I’d advise jumping on it from Rim Rock instead of riding the higher up stuff. Give it 3-5 more dry+warm days and there is going to be a lot more sections firming up. Patience young Skywalker.

  14. About 1.5 – 2″ of soft, fresh snow at the top of COD. Turning into a dirt/snow mix by the time I got back to the USFS Visitors’ Center. Great conditions.

  15. Joe Myers says:

    Bit of freeze thaw action this afternoon. Nothing drastic but any areas which were in full sunshine were a little squishy. Trail got better the higher I went. Guessing the same for all Phil’s area trails with the freezes overnight and sunshine during the day.

  16. Jay Marsh says:

    Firm, grippy and crispy from Storm King to the Visitor’s Center. With freezing overnight temps, the trail conditions should withstand moderate rain and remain primo until the next snow comes…..go ride!

  17. Good fatbike ride down COD today. Maybe 2″ of untracked snow at the top, and less as you head down. I climbed Lower Storm King from Conklin to get to COD and LSK was about 70% snow and 30% dirt.

  18. Joe Myers says:

    Tree cleared off upper COD above 208 road. Thanks for the help Gina! 2 large trees which could have been cleared were left, as new route around them looked good and added a new turn. Yeah for nature!

  19. David Pilz says:

    Rode COD from the start to the visitors center on 11/7 and encountered at least some snow the whole way. All rideable though. Tree down towards the end of “The Dip” if you’re riding W, beginning if you’re riding E.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Thanks for the report. Tree has been cleared.

  20. Dustin Balderach says:

    No trees down between Storm King and Ticket to Ride.

  21. Dustin Balderach says:

    All dry from the top at Storm King down. Good dirt. Get some.

  22. Joe Myers says:

    2 trees down below stormking via report on FB

    1. Gina Holmstrom says:

      This is true. Rode this Tuesday 24th- two spots where large trees down just past road 214(?) – the first road past 4610.

  23. Natalie Herse says:

    Rode upper COD from Storm King to Ticket to Ride intersection on the fatbikes. Pretty much 1-3″ standing water the whole way down. (Don’t get mad, the car was at the bottom – and we stayed in the middle of the trail and got our rear ends soaked). May need a few days to absorb and could be icy if it freezes tonite.

  24. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    The green trail heading east of the Welcome Center is now signed Ticket-To-Ride.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      This is because the cod reroute will be COD proper. It’s flagged and pinned and we will start building possibly as soon as next week. It could be a long process to get it built as there a lot of rock work but we shall see.

      Ticket to ride will be one continuous loop from welcome center that is green for visitors. Last I heard.

      1. Bruce Bradshaw says:

        Are you building trail between the Welcome Center and the first road crossing heading north?

        After that road the planning maps make it look like COD won’t change, but a new green trail will be built all the way to ELV.

        1. Joe Myers says:

          Correct. COD reroute will extend from the black line near welcome center over to that road crossing where the “rockstacker” segment spits out on the road currently. From ELV toward town COD stays as is.

  25. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    The weekday closure has been lifted. News reports have it being reinstated after Labor Day.

    There is a new tread that avoids the two crossings of graded path east of the Welcome Center by staying on its north side. Pin flags mark the new route’s west end. The east end is unmarked but within view of the path cut. Rumor was the path is going to be paved this fall.

  26. Adam Richards says:

    Here’s a link to the 2017 map of the Phil’s area USFS closure information (updated in April). Basically upper COD and Grand Slam are closed during the week. Saw this link float by a while back but struggled to find the post again so, bump. http://cotamtb.com/wp-content/uploads/WestBend-CLosureRecMap_11x17_2017_0413.jpg

  27. Kristopher Siewell says:

    Perfect conditions this last weekend, get out and ride it!

  28. Tristan S says:

    COD is good to the top!

  29. Alex Marganski says:

    road COD up to SK intersection, a couple of snow patches at the very end

  30. SK Johnson says:

    Per other reports, riding great past visitor center. Also, has the technical section down from Tetherow been dumbed down a bit? I didn’t remember so much smooth armoring. Maybe my skills have improved?!? Unlikely…

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Correct it’s been armored from above the ridge to below. I personally am cod trail adopter and wasn’t happy about this but Tetherow owns the land and between them and the trail contractor it was decided.

      1. SK Johnson says:

        Progress at the cost of progression. I always liked that section because I couldn’t clean it every time. All good, still fun…

  31. Eric Kutter says:

    Riding well all the way past the visitor center. Just 2 small patches of snow you can easily ride through.

  32. Eric Kutter says:

    In great shape until just before ELV, then lots of snow. Upto then, only a couple tiny patches of snow that will probably be gone within 24 hours.

  33. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    COD has been cut by a bulldozed grade just east of the Welcome Center. I assume this is due to the construction of the paved bike path.

  34. Rode from the new Welcome Station back to town. There are soft spots but the rocky sections are still riding as good as ever.

  35. Rich Ray says:

    C.O.D. all torn up by land moving equipment just West of Tetherow. WTF?

    1. If it’s the trail that runs along the top of the cliff band, I heard it’s gonna be going away. Tech trail under the cliff will be untouched.

  36. Mark DeJohn says:

    Perfect conditions on COD today after last nights rain.

  37. Joe Myers says:

    Lower COD near Tetherow (below cliff) was trimmed back last night. Almost completed from Entrada to Good Dog.

    1. Kellie Jacobson says:

      Any feedback on how busy this will be on a late July weekend? We’re staying at the Seventh Mountain Resort and I’d love to get some trail running in. I don’t want to cause a fuss though if there’s a lot of traffic.

      1. Joe Myers says:

        COD is never that crowded – as it’s one of the more technical trails in the phil’s network. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Make sure to run the river trail out your backyard as well. That has a lot more hikers than bikers, and it’s super scenic.

        1. Kellie Jacobson says:

          Thanks, Joe, for the feedback. I’ve been on the river trail. It’s ok for trail running, just really flat. :p Though plans have changed thanks to a hamstring injury.

          I’ll actually be bringing my bike and attempting Catch and Release and maybe Lower Storm King. They look novice friendly.

  38. Jay Marsh says:

    Great conditions 4/3, with only two trees down together at about the mid-point

  39. Mike Johnson says:

    Last Sunday (03/27/16) we rode up COD from the junction with Marvin’s Garden and it was in great shape all the way to the Storm King junction. There was a fair amount of snow on Storm King and some more on Grand Slam heading back downhill. I imagine with the warm temps this week it will be quite passable with only a couple sections where you can’t pedal through the snow – even with a regular 2.2″ mountain bike tire. I’ve found that just about everything below 4400′ is snow-free.

  40. Jacob Hartley says:

    A few snow drifts and downed trees starting out, clears quickly. Riptastic the rest of the way down!

    1. Jacob Hartley says:

      Green gate down

  41. Joe Myers says:

    Rode COD from entrada yesterday up past ODP area. No mud to speak of. Rode the rockstacker, the black line and ODP. Logging operations have really worked over ODP but nothing important looks ruined. Lots of tread work repair to do once they are finished up there. Section of COD below ODP (old road section) is now a major road due to logging. Was going away anyhow – so don’t be alarmed.

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