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Length
3.7 miles
Elevation
1361'
Rating
Forecast

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

Trail Reports

  • Will Taylor June 19, 2018 at 3:27 pmLast two days of rains really have this trail riding tight. All snow's melted, although still some patches off on the sides. Don't recommend stopping; skeeters are ravenous! One bridge is out as it has tilted sideways making riding it tough. Waterfalls are still going off!
  • Clark Ritchie June 2, 2018 at 3:07 pmCounted six patches of snow, all easily passable. The loop to Farewell is in good form.
  • David Caplan June 1, 2018 at 9:12 pmJust a few small snow patches left. Great conditions with lots of waterfalls in the creeks.
  • Joe Myers May 30, 2018 at 5:43 pmAll trees cleared. Thanks David Robinson!
  • Bill Hartrich May 24, 2018 at 1:39 pmSnow fields make for 1/2 mile +/- of hike-a-bike. Clear of deadfall except one 22” diameter tree and whatever lies under the snow. The Metolius Windigo tie to Mrazek/Farewell has 20+ trees down.
  • Bill Hartrich May 16, 2018 at 3:14 pmDeadfall and snow. Cleared some of the deadfall but didn’t get very far.
  • Dylan Moore May 6, 2018 at 7:09 amPatchy packed snow starting at about a mile and getting rapidly deeper and less rideable as you continue up.
 

Trail Description

This trail is uphill only for bikes. We recommend riding before 8am to avoid the prime hiking hours.

Arguably the most scenic climb in the Bend area, Northfork is a great summer ride which takes you past at least 7 waterfalls before you get to Happy Valley at the intersection with Metolious-Windigo. The trail is a highly used hiking trail and bikes are only allowed in the uphill direction – so be very courteous and always yield.

A common intermediate ride is to head up Northfork, turn right onto Metolious-Windigo for a loop with Mrazek and Farewell (for a 15 mile loop). For a longer ride people will ride Northfork to Metolious-Windigo, stay left and ride up to the Flagline trail, descend flagline and Southfork and up on the Tumalo Creek trail for a 20 mile, 3000 ft elevation ride. Truly the best MTB rides Bend has to offer.

Northfork is maintained by the Central Oregon Running Klub.

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Trail Reports » Northfork

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  1. Will Taylor says:

    Last two days of rains really have this trail riding tight. All snow’s melted, although still some patches off on the sides. Don’t recommend stopping; skeeters are ravenous! One bridge is out as it has tilted sideways making riding it tough. Waterfalls are still going off!

  2. Clark Ritchie says:

    Counted six patches of snow, all easily passable. The loop to Farewell is in good form.

  3. David Caplan says:

    Just a few small snow patches left. Great conditions with lots of waterfalls in the creeks.

  4. Joe Myers says:

    All trees cleared. Thanks David Robinson!

  5. Bill Hartrich says:

    Snow fields make for 1/2 mile +/- of hike-a-bike. Clear of deadfall except one 22” diameter tree and whatever lies under the snow. The Metolius Windigo tie to Mrazek/Farewell has 20+ trees down.

  6. Bill Hartrich says:

    Deadfall and snow. Cleared some of the deadfall but didn’t get very far.

  7. Dylan Moore says:

    Patchy packed snow starting at about a mile and getting rapidly deeper and less rideable as you continue up.

  8. Joel Blatt says:

    Snow is perfect for fat-biking, but encountered deadfall just 2/3 of a mile into it. Two trees have fallen, not too big; I turned around so who knows what is ahead.

  9. Joe Myers says:

    Trees cleared by jade/John today. Bit of snow at happy valley but rideable around loop.

  10. Joel Blatt says:

    There is a single tree, albeit easy to straddle over, down about a mile into ride. Otherwise, riding well around and down Farewell.

  11. Zach Blickman says:

    Snow-free to the top.

  12. Joe Myers says:

    Don Leet finished off the last tree yesterday. Someone just needs to move off trail. Other than that NF is clear of trees.

  13. Anthony Biolatto says:

    Beautiful ride. Still snow/deadfall on the upper parts of the trail and transfer to Farewell. TONS of Mosquitos!

  14. Joe Myers says:

    cut of some small deadfall yesterday, but left a 12″ tree which was too large for the hand saw (mosquiotos are insane). Snow patches are very few and very short near happy valley. Happy valley is almost dusty.

  15. Eric Lehto says:

    What’s the etiquette in this situation where you can’t get to Farewell to return. OK to ride back down the way you came up? Seems like we’ve got a few weeks to go.

    1. James Moro says:

      death march through the snow! :P

    2. Joe Myers says:

      Haha. looks lots of few people have ridden around the whole loop last few days. Couple trees down on NF and half a dozen on MW from what I’ve heard. And snow in sections.

  16. Kimberly Shepard says:

    Was on foot running this trail today. Hit snow on the trail at about the 3 mile mark, where I turned around. That’s after the log bridge and the 3 smaller bridges. I bet it’ll be gone by next weekend.

    1. James Moro says:

      It gets deeper once you go past those bridges–like 5 ft drift deep.

      I doubt it’ll be rideable for a few weeks.

      I hiked the whole thing two weeks ago.

    2. Jason Gockel says:

      Same as James mentioned. Made it to happy valley today but had to hike through many patches of snow in the last 1/2 mile or so. Still a couple feet deep in spots

  17. Bill Hartrich says:

    Verified. Deep snow past the last major waterfall. Had to do the walk of shame back down. Clear of deadfall to that point.

  18. Keith Flood says:

    It’s now June 20th and warm weather, has anyone been up Northfork? Thanks!

    1. Eric Kutter says:

      A friend ran up there yesterday. Made it across the log bridge but was hitting plenty of snow before reaching the last major waterfall.

      1. Keith Flood says:

        Thanks for the update!

  19. Kyle Bonnet says:

    Lots of snow about 1/2 way to Happy Valley

    1. James Moro says:

      has anyone been up north fork this week? how far up can you get?

  20. Joe Myers says:

    Rode up to Happy valley today and did the standard NF/Farewell loop. Was amazing. 1-2″ at the start and up to 10″ at happy valley. Much easier going when below tree cover. thankful for whoever rode it before me maybe a week ago? they left a slight impression in the snow which helped me follow and made pedaling easier.

  21. Joe Myers says:

    trail up to met win is perfect.

  22. Jared Douglas says:

    Snow to the left (99), puddles to the right (99/Mrazek). Dead ender right now.

  23. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    Just as dry as other Bend trails, but not as dusty, probably due to downhill traffic being discouraged. There were recent motorcycle tracks from Happy Valley to the Middle Fork bridge. Seems like two new logs across the trail in the last month. Both easy push overs.

  24. Rob Lindberg says:

    Riding perfect as of 7/19/16. Nice and tacky after a bit of rain, such a great climb!

  25. Packy Deenihan says:

    Still two trees down at top of Mrazek… one you can ride around, the other you can’t. Trail was tacky and fun…

  26. Brian Coop says:

    This may be the only trail in Bend that’s not dusty right now – so good!

  27. David Caplan says:

    Longshot, I know, but my wife lost her white Specialized SpeedZone bike computer this AM (7/7) somewhere on the upper North Fork Trail or M-W/Mrazek before the Farewell junction. Let me know if you found it. Thanks.

    1. Tristan S says:

      I rode north fork this afternoon and unfortunately did not notice a computer. Maybe someone picked it up already?

      1. Packy Deenihan says:

        How’s Northfork to Farewell looking? All clear?

        1. Joe Myers says:

          as of a few days ago there were still 2 trees down on upper Mrazek. Otherwise clear.

          1. Tristan S says:

            Confirmed, as of today two trees down on upper mrazek – one rideable.
            Farewell is a bit sandier than I’d like but I’m hopeful that the rain in the coming days will do the trick.

            1. Packy Deenihan says:

              Thanks guys.

  28. Carrie Day says:

    Snow is clearing up and easily passable. Happy Valley to Farewell is a hike a bike the whole way

    1. Shane DeMars says:

      Were there trees down on North Fork proper or just snow? We cleared a lot from the 1.1 mile stretch between the N Fork bridge and the end of Mrazek. Probably finish that and clear the last section of Mrazek past Farewell tomorrow.

      1. Joe Myers says:

        Matthew told me maybe 1 tree down on NF proper

  29. Nat Chotechuang says:

    North Fork has approximately half a dozen snow patches, the largest of which is about 30′ long, and there is also one 6″ diameter blow-down as you approach Happy Valley. It is navigable though.

    Met/Win between Happy Valley and Farewell is littered with a LOT of blow-down. I dismounted maybe three dozen times, cursed about four dozen times, sat down dejected once, and wondered what made me think I could ride there already.

    Farewell was alright!

  30. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    Trail has been cleared of deadfall as far as the Spring Creek trail junction, but that’s also where you hit fairly continuous snow patches. The junction is 0.3 miles from Happy Valley.

  31. Kerry Witterschein says:

    Trail is great to exactly 2.5 miles past the falls, just over the big middle fork bridge. Then you hit the deadfall like a brick wall. Didnt even attempt to get through. The creek and waterfalls are beautiful right now, so much water!

    1. Joel Blatt says:

      Holy mosquitos…think bug spray! Unfortunately, I am in violent agreement with Kerry; riding well for 2.5 miles and then “wipeout.” Contacted C.O.R.K. who maintains the trail to groom another mile plus to intersection. Would be nice to ride down Mrazek, if Northfork can be cleared.

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