Closed from February 1 to August 31 for seasonal raptor nesting — do not ride during this period.
Dry River Canyon is one of the most technically challenging mountain bike trails in Bend. There is not a lot of elevation gain nor loss on this trail – so the technical challenges are low speed and gnarly. When you think you are being forced to squeeze your bike through a crack small crack only passable by a hiker, look for an up-and-over boulder maneuver. The trail builder Paul Thomasberg has all kinds of hidden lines up and over the obstacles on the trail. It’s really a work of art. Be ready to have your bike abused from bouncing off of rocks as you ride along.
Eventually the trail leads up to a giant rock slide which has blocked the trail. If you manage to scale some giant boulders on the right you will be rewarded with some of the most amazing rock-armored trail work in central Oregon. Both ends of this little rock slide bypass are unfinished and will require some hike-a-bike. The trail rides the best from the East and is accessed off the highway. Many people start at Horse Ridge, ride along the highway and up the old highway route to get to the start of this trail on the East side. This provides a nice moderate loop.
This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.