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Coyote Loop Mountain Bike Trail

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Length
11.2 miles
Elevation
1788'
Rating
Forecast

Please don’t ride muddy trails. This makes a LOT more work for COTA volunteers who would rather be building new trails, than fixing your ruts.

Trail Reports

  • Jim Moody January 14, 2018 at 2:40 pmAll the parking was taken at Horse Butte Trailhead by noon. Arnold Ice Cave is stiil the pick with Coyote Loop being a little too muddy to ride with clean clothes and a clear conscience.
  • Sebastian Schnobrich January 8, 2018 at 5:02 pmRode from the intersection with Swamp Wells this afternoon. It's still rideable and folks seem to be doing a good job of trying to keep the singletrack single but the rain we got today definitely made it greasier than Swamp Wells.
  • Robert Rekward December 16, 2017 at 6:15 pmRode from China Hat to Fuzztail Butte today. It’s about as perfect as it gets. Swamp Wells and Ice Cave are probably equally awesome. December!
  • Natalie Herse December 6, 2017 at 6:46 pmSkiff of snow to maybe 1" on Fuzztail butte. Frozen tread underneath, no mud. Great!
  • D K November 24, 2017 at 8:23 amClear on Thanksgiving, sandy areas nice and sticky due to the rain
  • Brian Coop November 9, 2017 at 5:40 pmPatchy snow up to over 5100', but riding better than Swamp Wells.
  • Patrecia Hedges November 1, 2017 at 7:37 pmGood all the way to the horse camp.
 

Trail Description

Coyote Loop Trail starts off of Swamp Wells about a half mile from the base of Horse Butte and runs up to the Swamp Wells Horse Camp. The first half of the trail is open with few trees due to a past forest fire. After crossing China Hat Road the trail soon enters into the trees and you encounter a fairly gentle climb up to the horse camp. There is a split in the trail about 3 miles past China Hat Road which will take you through some very techy lava goodness (right) or along a fire road (left). After a couple hundred yards, the 2 routes merge again.

This is primarily a winter riding area due to the sandy soils. Winter rain and snow doesn’t hit this area as hard, and trails are often prime in the winter months.

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

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Trail Reports » Coyote Loop

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  1. Jim Moody says:

    All the parking was taken at Horse Butte Trailhead by noon. Arnold Ice Cave is stiil the pick with Coyote Loop being a little too muddy to ride with clean clothes and a clear conscience.

  2. Sebastian Schnobrich says:

    Rode from the intersection with Swamp Wells this afternoon. It’s still rideable and folks seem to be doing a good job of trying to keep the singletrack single but the rain we got today definitely made it greasier than Swamp Wells.

  3. Rode from China Hat to Fuzztail Butte today. It’s about as perfect as it gets. Swamp Wells and Ice Cave are probably equally awesome. December!

  4. Natalie Herse says:

    Skiff of snow to maybe 1″ on Fuzztail butte. Frozen tread underneath, no mud. Great!

  5. D K says:

    Clear on Thanksgiving, sandy areas nice and sticky due to the rain

  6. Brian Coop says:

    Patchy snow up to over 5100′, but riding better than Swamp Wells.

  7. Patrecia Hedges says:

    Good all the way to the horse camp.

  8. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    Good riding at least to 5100′.

  9. Zach Blickman says:

    Didn’t see any coyotes but the wildflowers are out. Trail is in great shape to horse camp and beyond.

  10. Ryan Hibler says:

    Well to fit the name me and my dog ran into an aggressive coyote just after the technical switchback section. My dog went missing and I rode back to find a coyote chasing him. The coyote didn’t back down and followed us for a half mile or so. The coyote was good sized and I assume there is a den in the area. Best to keep your dog home if you are planning to ride this trail.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      You are referring to the techy switchback near the housing?

  11. Eric Kutter says:

    Totally clear all the way to Swamp Wells.

  12. Zach Blickman says:

    Clear until the last mile or so before Horse Camp. Snow patches are easily walkable.

  13. Eric Kutter says:

    Riding well until a couple miles from Swamp Wells. Easily make it to a small trail just where Coyote Loop and Swamp Wells get close together that connects the two. Looks like a rogue trail but well enough used to be easily rideable. Then just a few small snow patches on Swamp Wells on the way back.

  14. Josh L says:

    Checked yesterday from China Hat, and while you can ride south a little ways, you soon hit lots of snow patches. Still needs a week or so.

  15. Patrick Daniels says:

    Coyote Loop has a few small wet spots in the open areas but still has some areas of snow in the wooded sections. Another week should get the whole thing rideable.

    1. Steven Powers says:

      All, please remember to ride on the trail, or the snow on top the trail, or push for these short sections of snow. The mud will heal, but a wide trail will not.

  16. Mark DeJohn says:

    If anyone reads this post please bring a pair of hand loppers when you ride this loop. The backside of the loop has some really scratchy sections that need to be brushed back. I’ll bring mine, you bring yours, deal?

  17. Jay Marsh says:

    Just the right amount of rain to achieve perfection! GO

  18. Patrecia Hedges says:

    Only one tree down about half mile from horse camp.

    1. Bruce Bradshaw says:

      You can miss the tree by taking the cut across to the Swamp Wells trail.

  19. Chad Ash says:

    Firm and fast from Swamp Wells to Boyd Cave. One tree down about halfway between Swamp Wells and Fuzztail Butte

  20. Patrecia Hedges says:

    On Friday, 10/28, lower Horse Butte loop was great! Moist hardpack. A few shallow puddles, no mud. As good as HB gets!

  21. Trail is really riding great. 5-stars.

  22. Natalie Herse says:

    Rode up Upper Coyote and down Arnold Ice Cave trail. Moist, tacky trail. Some cows/tracks on middle Arnold but since I was going downhill it didn’t really bother me as it was firm enough. The rain caught me on lower Arnold. Go get it while it’s moist!

  23. Natalie Herse says:

    The rains have made the Horse Butte loop a delight today at sunset. No dust – even a few mud puddles! I suspect upper Coyote and Arnold and/or Swamp Wells area may be pretty sweet for a few days before drying back up. Seems like the eastside reaped more from the rains than the westside.

  24. Natalie Herse says:

    Lower Coyote was riding pretty well. But Upper Coyote above China Hat Road is cow infested for the first few miles (gates are now closed). Still fun on my fatbike but watch out for sand and cow poop! The higher you go the better it gets. No horse traffic.

  25. Alex Bartels says:

    Trail was decent this early afternoon. Several areas of deep sand but overall reasonable hard due to recent rain. Get out here before it gets too hot and soft!

    As a side note, I noticed a few parties out target shooting in close proximity to the trail. Be sure to wear high visibility clothing if possible out there and call out to alert someone you’re coming if you think they could be shooting near the trail. I spoke to one group of people out there and they said they weren’t even aware of the trail being there, and very kindly and quickly moved to a different area.

  26. Marsh Chamberlain says:

    Coyote loop is nice and tacky right now, so good!

  27. Mike Johnson says:

    The entire Arnold’s Ice cave – Coyote Loop is completely clear of snow now.

  28. Shane DeMars says:

    Rode this all the way to Swap Wells HC. Only 2 patch of snow about 20′ long then so it’s probably completely snow free now. Already getting sandy in spots

  29. Leslie Wills says:

    Am new to the area. Am wondering where to park to get to this trail?

    1. Bruce Bradshaw says:

      If you want to start higher up, there’s parking off the Boyd Cave road. You have to ride this dirt road for 10 yards to pick up the trail north of China Hat Road. The pavement ends on the China Hat Road a short distance beyond the Boyd Cave turnoff.

      1. Bruce Bradshaw says:

        I had my directions mixed up, Coyote Loop heads up south of the China Hat Road.

  30. Tim Foster says:

    A few down trees and a bit of snow below Horse Camp. Other than that, the trail is awesome!

  31. Siobhan McNulty says:

    Near-perfect conditions today with only 1-2 wet spots. Great dirt!

  32. Siobhan McNulty says:

    Trail was a bit muddy this morning due to freeze/thaw (3/18) when I first headed out to Gold Basin area but, was nearly perfect on my return route this afternoon.

  33. Ballard Dustin says:

    Rode yesterday 3/11 down from swamp wells road? no hike a bike, dirt was awesome.

  34. Patrecia Hedges says:

    Mon, 3/7, made it up to Swamp Wells Rd. Half a dozen short hike-a-bike snow patches and a few downed in the last mile or so. Otherwise, riding great! Has had minimal traffic.

  35. Eric Evans says:

    Aside from a few small puddles it was great Sat. Parked at Bessie Butte and did an OAB.

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