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 as it heads out from a neighborhood. 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 Loge Bend and a quarter mile further you can also access C.O.D. across from Rim Rock Park just off the Rim Rock paved path.
Lower C.O.D. near Tetherow is very 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. Just as things get spicy – stay to the right after crossing a fire road and going around a large boulder if you want to ride up onto the technical option. If you stay left down the fall line you will miss it. Both options come together in about 100 yards. COD stays fairly technical for 3/4 of a mile and then pops back up on top of the ridge again.
Soon after this you will encounter a 3 way intersection. ELV comes in from the right, and COD turns left. The trail turns into Ticket to Ride if you continue straight. This section of COD we call COD RockStacker. It was the first section of the COD re-route that was build several years back. The Rockstacker section runs for about half a mile and spits you out on a fire road. Cross the road and within about 30 yards COD will cross Ticket to Ride and will head up the hill for the newer re-route finished the Summer of 2019.
The new Re-route takes you all the way to the Welcome Center. There is a LOT of rock and technical trail to ride on the new re-route.
Shortly after the Welcome Center intersection 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. goes from techy in sections to easy from the end of ODP to the intersection with 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.