The Official Beer of Bend Trails
Cole Loop Trail

Bend Trails » Cole Loop Trail Map

Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
7.8 miles
Elevation
1653'
Rating
Forecast

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

Trail Reports

  • Suzanne Marcoe April 15, 2018 at 2:02 pmOh, I see. That definitely sounds like a buffet to avoid!
  • Zach Blickman April 14, 2018 at 8:14 pmIt's a delicious mix of mud, gravel, pebbles and sand that coats your tires and dries to concrete-like hardness. Don't worry, when it's available, it's always all you can eat and you always go home full.
  • Suzanne Marcoe April 14, 2018 at 6:24 pmRiding pretty well at the moment. A bit horsed-out, but not too bad. Reading the previous comments... what is gumbo? ;-)
  • Zach Blickman March 16, 2018 at 7:55 pmStill plenty of the infamous gumbo on the west side. I imagine the rest isn't much better.
  • Ochoco National Forest February 24, 2018 at 10:44 amThe Crooked River National Grassland and surrounding areas received several inches of snow this past week, and the forecast looks like more of the same. While snow doesn’t tend to stick around too long on the Grassland, mud season does. P.S.A. – If mud is sticking to your shoe or bike tire, you should turn around. We know, fun killer. Please understand that huge numbers of volunteer hours, money, love and passion have gone into your trails, and riding through significant mud causes damage. Don’t worry, tacky spring riding is just around the corner!
  • Joe Pandolfi February 4, 2018 at 11:28 pmRode cole loop clockwise today to grey butte summit. Trail is marked up by horse hooves but very little mud. Awesome riding.
  • Zach Blickman January 13, 2018 at 9:14 amA little choppy and a few stretches with a touch of gumbo, but overall it's riding great.
 

Trail Description

Cole Loop is an optional loop which you can add to your ride around Grey Butte. It was historically a horse trail, but certain times of the year — winter and spring — it’s in good shape for mountain biking.

Got a Photo?

If you’ve taken some pix and want to share ’em, email us and we’ll give you a photo credit. Please only send images which you’ve taken.

Before heading out, please take a minute to look at the Rules of the Trail.
More pix @bendtrails and #bendtrails.

Trail Reports » Cole Loop

The newest comments appear at the top and older comments follow. Click the reply button to add a comment to a thread.

  1. Suzanne Marcoe says:

    Riding pretty well at the moment. A bit horsed-out, but not too bad. Reading the previous comments… what is gumbo? ;-)

    1. Zach Blickman says:

      It’s a delicious mix of mud, gravel, pebbles and sand that coats your tires and dries to concrete-like hardness. Don’t worry, when it’s available, it’s always all you can eat and you always go home full.

      1. Suzanne Marcoe says:

        Oh, I see. That definitely sounds like a buffet to avoid!

  2. Zach Blickman says:

    Still plenty of the infamous gumbo on the west side. I imagine the rest isn’t much better.

  3. Ochoco National Forest says:

    The Crooked River National Grassland and surrounding areas received several inches of snow this past week, and the forecast looks like more of the same. While snow doesn’t tend to stick around too long on the Grassland, mud season does.

    P.S.A. – If mud is sticking to your shoe or bike tire, you should turn around. We know, fun killer. Please understand that huge numbers of volunteer hours, money, love and passion have gone into your trails, and riding through significant mud causes damage. Don’t worry, tacky spring riding is just around the corner!

  4. Joe Pandolfi says:

    Rode cole loop clockwise today to grey butte summit. Trail is marked up by horse hooves but very little mud. Awesome riding.

  5. Zach Blickman says:

    A little choppy and a few stretches with a touch of gumbo, but overall it’s riding great.

  6. Brennan Morrow says:

    Defintly muddy

  7. Mike Schmeiske says:

    Rode this today clockwise from the Skull Hollow Trail climb and was in great shape for the descent down to the fenceline/private property boundary. From there, the bottom half or so is pretty bumpy from the hooved traffic, but not so loose it’s unrideable.

  8. Brian Coop says:

    We rode the east side of this loop (not shown on the map) up from the Skull Hollow TH to avoid the usual road climb. It was medium horsey early on, but actually got pretty good as we came around Pine Ridge until we tied back into Rd 57. Adds 5-5.5 miles to the Smith/Gray ride, so if you’re looking for a little more mileage (but no additional climbing) it’s actually a pretty good option.

  9. Brennan Morrow says:

    Conditions are perfect out there right now.

  10. Zach Blickman says:

    Not too bumpy, wildflowers are out. This is a great +/fatbike ride!

  11. Brennan Morrow says:

    Conditions Perfect. Cattle Chop is much less now. Be aware there is a Horse event May 5th 6th 7th on gray butte, not a good weekend to ride .

  12. Brennan Morrow says:

    Conditions good. Cattle chopped up the trail a bit last year when muddy, so there are some speed bumps present.

  13. Brennan Morrow says:

    Cattle have hit the trail in muddy conditions making trail very choppy for about 50% of trail

  14. Brennan Morrow says:

    Dirt is perfect! Cow are gone. No mud. Trail is mostly packed smooth like a race track.

    1. Erik Santner says:

      Did you enjoy the Cole loop? We took that south side that one time….how is the rest?

  15. Brent Edens says:

    Such a good descent in the clockwise direction! One on the most beautiful around.
    Getting a bit on the dry side. There are a couple of short sandy sections and a bit of horse chunder, but totally worth getting on!

Add a Report...