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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
2.1 miles
Elevation
-1052'
Rating
Forecast

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

Trail Reports

  • Trevor Miller April 8, 2018 at 4:51 pmBreakin bumps seemed touch tempered, but still there. Uppers riding good and tacky, some soft corners as get lower.
  • Robert Rekward January 31, 2018 at 7:28 pmWeak. We don’t need more green trails in Bend. Enough already.
  • Colin Mcvey January 31, 2018 at 11:12 amFrom those I've spoken with and my own ride Tuesday, looks like the rocks were removed in the canyon on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning before 10:30am. IF YOU CAN'T RIDE SOMETHING DON'T CHANGE THE TRAIL TO MAKE IT EASIER!
  • Dustin McNabb January 31, 2018 at 10:10 amI don’t know. Maybe that’s why it’s so full of braking bumps now. That kinda sucked. My lower back and shoulders are not happy.
  • Kevin Donnelly January 30, 2018 at 3:46 pmWho's the $#$#%$#% who removed all the rocks on Sand Canyon?
  • Dustin McNabb January 30, 2018 at 1:48 pmAt higher elevations the trail is perfectly damp packed sand, but as it descends it gets a little dry. And on the steep sections all I can say is "Holy Braking Bumps, Batman!".
  • Robert Rekward January 27, 2018 at 3:52 pmRiding great this afternoon. 50° and no snow or frost anywhere. Seems like the snow we got in town didn't extend into the desert.
 

Trail Description

Sand Canyon is the go-to downhill mountain biking trail at Horse Ridge. Blistering speeds carry you down initially through some fairly rocky terrain and great views. At mid way the trail really opens up with some sweeping turns, sandy corners, and demoralizing braking bumps that keep you on the edge of your seat. At this point the trail parallels a creek bed, and has some fairly straight shots which can carry you to speeds of up to 45 MPH (so we’ve been told).

Keep in mind this is a 2-way trail currently, but it’s a miserable climb. We hope in the future it’s changed to a downhill only trail for safety reasons.

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

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

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Trail Reports » Sand Canyon

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  1. Trevor Miller says:

    Breakin bumps seemed touch tempered, but still there. Uppers riding good and tacky, some soft corners as get lower.

  2. Kevin Donnelly says:

    Who’s the $#$#%$#% who removed all the rocks on Sand Canyon?

    1. Dustin McNabb says:

      I don’t know. Maybe that’s why it’s so full of braking bumps now. That kinda sucked. My lower back and shoulders are not happy.

      1. Colin Mcvey says:

        From those I’ve spoken with and my own ride Tuesday, looks like the rocks were removed in the canyon on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning before 10:30am.

        IF YOU CAN’T RIDE SOMETHING DON’T CHANGE THE TRAIL TO MAKE IT EASIER!

    2. Weak. We don’t need more green trails in Bend. Enough already.

  3. Dustin McNabb says:

    At higher elevations the trail is perfectly damp packed sand, but as it descends it gets a little dry. And on the steep sections all I can say is “Holy Braking Bumps, Batman!”.

  4. Riding great this afternoon. 50° and no snow or frost anywhere. Seems like the snow we got in town didn’t extend into the desert.

  5. Eric Smith says:

    Top was frozen hard dirt , no ice just frozen dirt . Half way down the speed bumps take over and the hands get stingy numb from them ! Speed up the rebound for the bottom for sure. I should have taken Moscow down .

  6. Colin DuPlantis says:

    Packed, damp sand, great condition, brake bumps are pretty intense

  7. Steven Powers says:

    The trail is in great condition regarding mud….but the stutter bumps are formidable. Yell at yourselves to let go of the brakes…like I do.

  8. Brett Murphy says:

    Rode Parkway to Sand Canyon. Good dirt. No more than 1/4″ of snow in the shadows only. Lots of brake bumps descending but still fun.

  9. Barkin Aygun says:

    Just rode the parkway to sand canyon loop, trail was in good condition. Just a lot of brake bumps.

  10. Rob Dorshorst says:

    Oh my. First time and with a light rain, it was hero dirt. Perfect.

  11. Ernie Golen says:

    Trail is perfect in moisture content, but brake bumps are pronounced the whole way

  12. Brian Coop says:

    It’s surprising how quickly this trail has dried out. Still very rideable and fun, but venture even a bit off the center and you’ll sink into deep dust. Most noticeable if you’re climbing up.

  13. Don Leet says:

    Sand Canyon was good today. Go slow as there are patches of slick mud.

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