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Horse Ridge Map

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
~30 miles
Elevation
1300'
Rating
Forecast
Trail is good to go, but expect dry, dusty and loose trail surface and/or occasionally deep sandy areas.

Trail Reports

  • Eric Evans March 19, 2017 at 10:40 amRode Mad Max, Has no Horse, down Sand Canyon loop. Aside from wind on Sat. excellent conditions. No snow.
  • Miguel Montaña March 8, 2017 at 8:54 pmThe best riding options are mini out and backs, going up Parkway and Escape until you reach the patchy snow. Turn around. Rimes and repeat, and letting the muddy zones dry a bit further.
  • Robert Rekward February 20, 2017 at 2:01 pmDitto. Same conditions today. Snow is getting thin out there, it won't be long now.
  • Don Leet February 17, 2017 at 2:10 pmI was at Horse Ridge today and managed an hour and a half ride. Up the trail which parallels the highway to the Parkway. Up the Parkway part way to Escape from Moscow. Back to the highway. Up the old highway to snow, turn around. Back down to the bottom. Turn around and do it again. All rideable, no mud.
  • Joe Myers February 11, 2017 at 12:10 pmMr. Don Leet said he ventured out to horse Ridge. Not rideable but only a few inches of slushy snow on top of a firm base. Should be ready to go soon
  • Ricky Vimmerstedt December 8, 2016 at 8:28 amTried out this trail on Wednesday, December 7th and too much snow to ride. Would have been great with a fatbike, but very difficult to climb. I put in about 7 miles just cruising around and had to cut the ride short b/c of excessive snow.
  • Robert Rekward October 11, 2016 at 9:23 amKeen eye Chuck... The green box you see on the map labeled "Horse Ridge Research Natural Area" is actually what's incorrect — and that comes from Google, so we can't fix that. Kind of confusing, I know... If you switch to satellite view and zoom way in you can just see the fence-line at the start of Sand Canyon.
 

Trail Description

Horse Ridge is one of Bend’s winter-time mountain biking areas. About 16 miles east of town on Highway 20, the terrain and foliage is really different from the trails you’ll find in the Phil’s area — it’s a wide-open, rocky, juniper forest. Peaking out at about 4700′ the ridge offers quite a bit of climbing and fun downhill in a compact area. All total, there are about 30 miles of trails on Horse Ridge — so lots of great mountain biking loop options to mix things up.

Check the ODOT camera at Horse Ridge for current weather.

Trails in Horse Ridge Include:

Check Yo Self
Crazyhorse
Crooked Arm
Escape from Moscow
Has No Horse
Mad Max Drive
Parkway
Sand Canyon
Dry River Canyon

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

These trails are maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

Trail Photos

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Trail Reports » Horse Ridge Area

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  1. Eric Evans says:

    Rode Mad Max, Has no Horse, down Sand Canyon loop. Aside from wind on Sat. excellent conditions. No snow.

  2. Miguel Montaña says:

    The best riding options are mini out and backs, going up Parkway and Escape until you reach the patchy snow. Turn around. Rimes and repeat, and letting the muddy zones dry a bit further.

  3. Don Leet says:

    I was at Horse Ridge today and managed an hour and a half ride. Up the trail which parallels the highway to the Parkway. Up the Parkway part way to Escape from Moscow. Back to the highway. Up the old highway to snow, turn around. Back down to the bottom. Turn around and do it again. All rideable, no mud.

    1. Ditto. Same conditions today. Snow is getting thin out there, it won’t be long now.

  4. Joe Myers says:

    Mr. Don Leet said he ventured out to horse Ridge. Not rideable but only a few inches of slushy snow on top of a firm base. Should be ready to go soon

  5. Ricky Vimmerstedt says:

    Tried out this trail on Wednesday, December 7th and too much snow to ride. Would have been great with a fatbike, but very difficult to climb. I put in about 7 miles just cruising around and had to cut the ride short b/c of excessive snow.

  6. Chuck Cockburn says:

    Heads up on this map! It is inaccurate. The top of sand canyon trail is actually on the far side(west) of the research area, not in the middle as shown!

    1. Keen eye Chuck… The green box you see on the map labeled “Horse Ridge Research Natural Area” is actually what’s incorrect — and that comes from Google, so we can’t fix that. Kind of confusing, I know… If you switch to satellite view and zoom way in you can just see the fence-line at the start of Sand Canyon.

  7. Escape from Moscow and Sand Canyon were prime last night. It was raining pretty hard when I got back to the car, so I’ll bet it’s going to be even better today.

  8. David Dodge says:

    Mostly firm, especially once you get above the trailhead area. Might have gotten some of the rain we had yesterday in Bend. Windy. Cars in the parking lot, but didn’t see a soul on the trails even though Saturday.

  9. Don Leet says:

    Kickass conditions at Horse Ridge today. Yes a little wet and windy, a perfect March day!

  10. Peter Crawford says:

    high winds and snow today, but the trails are in great shape

  11. Elizabeth Bassett says:

    Beautiful Morning Ride Today! The rain has made the trails perfect. No mud, just firm packed dirt.

  12. Siobhan McNulty says:

    Nice tacky trails during a lunchtime ride yesterday. Snow began dusting the trails around 1 pm but didn’t appear to be the makings of poor trail conditions.

  13. Freeze thaw in effect again. Great mountain biking in the morning but turning to mush with lots of mud by lunch time.

  14. Don Leet says:

    Perfect conditions today. In fact some soft sand is appearing. The predicted rain will only make it better.

  15. Don Leet says:

    Today I rode all the trails at Horse Ridge. Everything is good. Some small mud patches up high. Please ride through the mud not around. “Check yourself was a little unpredictable but still fun.

  16. Don Leet says:

    It’s always a question very muddy, some mud. I think it depends on if the reporter has fenders or not. I use fenders. Some mud, 100% rideable, the mud is not deep. Please do not detour around the mud puddles suck it up get your bike dirty and don’t scar the landscape. I still didn’t get to the Lookout. That had some snow. Sand Canyon very fun, be careful on those lower left hand corners as the have some hidden mud. ENJOY! It was 70 when I was there Monday.

  17. Joe Myers says:

    Trails are riding well up to the fence, and after that very muddy from reports.

  18. Don Leet says:

    Great conditions today everything rideable except over to the lookout had a bit too much snow. Be wary going down Sand Canyon, hidden bits of mud and ice. Still it was great riding.

  19. Here’s a report from Don on Jan. 27th: “Not everything is rideable, but most is. Some snow up high spots of mud. Horse Ridge can change from good to great or good to bad in a day. But I’m thinking it will improve daily for the next week or ”

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