Phil’s Trail is a classic XC mountain biking trail created by Phil Meglasson and others in the 80’s. The trail started out as a single game trail, which Phil stumbled upon one Saturday in 1985 while riding his bike on the 4610 road. Eventually other’s were shown the trail and it became instantly popular. This section of Phil’s was originally called Double-Cut Tree Trail, for a tree halfway up the canyon.
The trail in recent years is downhill only from the three way intersection at Kent’s (#18) to Phil’s trail head.
From Rd 300 to the intersection with Kents, Phil’s trail is a 2-way trail which used to be named Jimmy’s after Jimmy Teharr. Above FS Road 300 – Upper Phil’s (Helipad) gets much more challenging – and this section used to be called Paul’s after Paul Thomasberg. The whole trail from the beginning to the top was sometimes referred to as PJP (Phil’s, Jimmy’s, Paul’s).
Below the intersection with Kent’s, Phil’s is 1-way down to the trailhead. The trail is mellow and fairly flat till Heater Rock (named after Dennis Heater). Below this the trail includes a few rocky sections to punch through (rated blue). It’s one of the more enjoyable downhill sections of trail in Phil’s complex – but things are still fairly moderate.
Below the famous “Chicken” the trail is very mellow with just 1 rocky notch about half way down (rated green). There is a boulder gap you can ride up and over at this point which will save you some time (not for the novice!). The actual Chicken rock pile is also rideable.
This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.