Peterson Ridge Trail

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
16+ miles
Elevation
1167'
Rating
Forecast
Trail bed is covered deep snow. Snow is unpacked and not rideable.

Trail Reports

  • Jeff Moore November 24, 2016 at 10:15 amA few slick spots at the top of the loop yesterday otherwise excellent
  • Erik Santner November 2, 2016 at 5:45 pmSome of the best conditions i've even ridden out there! Get out soon.....
  • Erik Santner October 25, 2016 at 8:29 pmRiding perfectly!
  • Heidi H-P October 19, 2016 at 11:37 pmTrails are deliciously damp and sticky sweet. To my chagrin however, I discovered that the forest service has now closed the Whychus creek lookout to bikes and also closed the old access road. A sign has been posted that bikes will ruin the new packed gravel trail. That lookout has been the biggest reason I ride the PRT trails! It used to be secret but is now a public viewpoint. How about a separate bike trail then or allow bikes access to current trails? I plan to email the forest service about this infraction. Would anyone else care to?
  • Brennan Morrow August 21, 2016 at 2:44 pmSand is deep in many spots, trail is pretty darn duffy. Upper PRT ( on green ridge) is better, Peterson Ridge Tie trail is best of all right now.
  • Brennan Morrow August 11, 2016 at 9:57 pmStill very dry and duffy.
  • Brennan Morrow August 6, 2016 at 7:23 amVery Duffy right now, with some areas that are deep sand in the lower section out of town. Middle and upper part of PRT are significantly better, but still very duffy.
 

Trail Description

The Peterson Ridge Trails in Sisters were originally constructed in 1989 as a mountain bike trail network consisting of a combination of single-track and old forest service roads.

In 2008, a major expansion of the network increased the amount of single track to over 20 miles and included signage and trail markers to aid riders in navigation.

The trails are fairly level and mostly free of technical obstacles (although some lines do have rocks and roots to negotiate). On our map above highlights the “East” and “West” trails but there are many connector trails shown on the map as well.

The OBRA Sanctioned Sisters Stampede (Oregon’s largest XC mountainbike race) is held each May at Peterson Ridge.

The trail network is popular with Sisters’ residents and you can expect to encounter lots of walkers, runners, and dogs on the trails. There are also several Horse trails that interconnect into this system.

The Peterson Ridge Trails are maintained by Sisters Trails Alliance and you can find more information on this webpage.

Trail Photos

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Trail Reports » Peterson Ridge

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  1. Jeff Moore says:

    A few slick spots at the top of the loop yesterday otherwise excellent

  2. Erik Santner says:

    Some of the best conditions i’ve even ridden out there! Get out soon…..

  3. Erik Santner says:

    Riding perfectly!

  4. Heidi H-P says:

    Trails are deliciously damp and sticky sweet. To my chagrin however, I discovered that the forest service has now closed the Whychus creek lookout to bikes and also closed the old access road. A sign has been posted that bikes will ruin the new packed gravel trail. That lookout has been the biggest reason I ride the PRT trails! It used to be secret but is now a public viewpoint. How about a separate bike trail then or allow bikes access to current trails? I plan to email the forest service about this infraction. Would anyone else care to?

  5. Brennan Morrow says:

    Sand is deep in many spots, trail is pretty darn duffy. Upper PRT ( on green ridge) is better, Peterson Ridge Tie trail is best of all right now.

  6. Brennan Morrow says:

    Still very dry and duffy.

  7. Brennan Morrow says:

    Very Duffy right now, with some areas that are deep sand in the lower section out of town. Middle and upper part of PRT are significantly better, but still very duffy.

  8. Brennan Morrow says:

    Pretty close to prime.

  9. Brennan Morrow says:

    Prime Trail conditions.

  10. Brennan Morrow says:

    Riding Well, However Lower trail is beginning to duff out. Very dry in some locations. Duff out crashes are scaring a number of the lower trails.

  11. Siobhan McNulty says:

    Riding quite well down below – dry as a bone. A few wet/slightly muddy areas near the top by the picnic tables on PRT West. Winds were picking up this afternoon and the sun was beaming so, with any luck, those sections will dry quickly.

  12. Patrecia Hedges says:

    Way good! No mud anywhere.

  13. Brennan Morrow says:

    All trails are in prime condition. Just about perfect riding!

  14. Brennan Morrow says:

    Lower trail to the Lookout ( Turn Key Hollow connector) is in great condition. Dry and Smooth. ( around a 11-12 loop)
    Upper Trail on Peterson Ridge is ever so slightly muddy.

  15. Brennan Morrow says:

    Trails was Perfect on Friday. Fast conditions.

  16. Eric Meade says:

    The outside loop is still muddy in several spots. If weather holds, it should be clear in a week or so.

  17. Joe Myers says:

    Report as of 2/5/16: It’s not ready for regular MTB tires yet, but firming up nicely – at least the southern half is. I suspect the northern half closest to sisters is still pretty greasy. Still a little snow on Top Rung, the top of the middle connector and the last few sections on the west side.

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