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Middle Flagline Trail

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Trail Snapshot

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Length
4.16 miles
Elevation
1017'
Rating
Forecast
Trail is mostly dry but has a few snow patches here and there. Ride or walk though any snow patches — don't widen the trail by going around them.

Trail Reports

  • David Pilz August 24, 2017 at 3:19 pmRode a loop from Dutchman to Mid-Flag, back on Flag Tie and Swampy/Dutchman around 11 AM today. Dutchman and above relatively smoke free at the time. Mid-Flag is dusty and sandy with brake bumps in places but in good shape and super fun nonetheless. All the better for being out of the smoke.
  • David Caplan August 15, 2017 at 4:12 pmAll clear and riding beautifully, especially up high. Thanks to Paul, Erika, Lev, Steve, Bill and Joe for working to make everything sweet and tidy, and cutting out the one big downed pondo with a crosscut saw.
  • Robert Rekward August 15, 2017 at 12:13 pmMiddle Flagline is now open! COTA and FS crew is clearing deadfall today.
  • Chris Morgan October 2, 2016 at 4:36 pmRiding great today! The snow and rain sure helped.
  • Joe Myers August 24, 2016 at 3:59 pmHi Jack, The USFS gives contractors time windows to perform work, and then they choose a time based on equipment availability, etc. The world does not revolve around mountain biking. :)
  • Robert Rekward August 19, 2016 at 7:56 amPretty sure only the lower part of the Swampy Lakes loop is closed. We rode Flagline to Swede Ridge and didn't run into any closures — Southfork is definitely open to ride.
  • Matt Wesley August 18, 2016 at 9:19 pmThey are removing dead standing trees along the trail Its supposed to reopen September 5th.
 

Trail Description

Middle Flagline is one of the more technical, long and fast downhills in the Bend area. The simple fact that this segment is closed for most of the summer makes it a highly anticipated route when August 15th rolls around — it’s pretty much guaranteed that the parking lot at Dutchman Sno Park will be loaded with cars on that morning!

If you are thinking about riding this trail before it officially opens on August 15th, think again. The trail will be riddled with deadfall, and there is a full time Forest Service employee roaming the Bend Watershed in the summer.

While you can climb Middle Flagline from Swampy Lakes to reach the Metolius-Windego trail, 90% of riders will start at Dutchman and head downhill towards Bend. The popular “Bachelor to Bend” shuttle usually includes the Middle Flagline trail.

Another popular way to access Middle Flagline is to start at the Skyliner Sno Park, climb Northfork to Met-Win and loop back to your car — that route combines lots of XC climbing with ripping fast DH.

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

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Trail Reports » Middle Flagline

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  1. David Pilz says:

    Rode a loop from Dutchman to Mid-Flag, back on Flag Tie and Swampy/Dutchman around 11 AM today. Dutchman and above relatively smoke free at the time. Mid-Flag is dusty and sandy with brake bumps in places but in good shape and super fun nonetheless. All the better for being out of the smoke.

  2. David Caplan says:

    All clear and riding beautifully, especially up high. Thanks to Paul, Erika, Lev, Steve, Bill and Joe for working to make everything sweet and tidy, and cutting out the one big downed pondo with a crosscut saw.

  3. Middle Flagline is now open! COTA and FS crew is clearing deadfall today.

  4. Chris Morgan says:

    Riding great today! The snow and rain sure helped.

  5. Joe Myers says:

    Hi Jack,

    The USFS gives contractors time windows to perform work, and then they choose a time based on equipment availability, etc.

    The world does not revolve around mountain biking. :)

  6. Jack Reynolds says:

    How thoughtful of the Forest Service to close Swampy Loop and Ridge Loop right when Flagline opens for the season. Pretty poor planning if you ask me.

    1. Erik Santner says:

      Do you know why Swampy/Ridge loops are closed? Or ETA when they will reopen? Usually shuttle Bachelor-Bend in September.

      1. Matt Wesley says:

        They are removing dead standing trees along the trail Its supposed to reopen September 5th.

    2. Adam Richards says:

      Such considerate planning. Can you at least still get to Southfork, or is that short section of Swampy Loop off limits too?

      1. Pretty sure only the lower part of the Swampy Lakes loop is closed. We rode Flagline to Swede Ridge and didn’t run into any closures — Southfork is definitely open to ride.

  7. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    The lower section from the Flagline Tie to the Swampy Shelter is outside the summer closure.

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