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Length
5.6 miles
Elevation
345'
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Forecast
This trail is closed right now. Details of the closure can be found in the trail description.

Trail Reports

  • Miguel Montaña March 1, 2017 at 2:11 pmFresh on packed. Some drifts in the clear cut sections. Corners and short climb sections are getting some wear and tear. All said, riding awesome. Thanks Gary!
  • Gary Meyer February 23, 2017 at 1:58 pmCompletely spaced a report yesterday after 6 hours grooming. Trails were riding great this morning.
  • Miguel Montaña February 22, 2017 at 11:01 pmFirst off, a huge thank you to Gary for spending his afternoon grooming both loops. I can tell the snow was pretty facile, so I'm sure it was a lot of work to get it groomed. The snow was sufficiently packed for my 4.0s, my buddy had 4.8s, if you have both, I'd take the 4.8s. Still with the 4.0s tire imprint was maybe 1/3rd to 1/2" in general and traction wasn't an issue. Looked like a mix of boot tracks/ski poles mixed through most of the long loop. It wasn't super posthole-y, and hopefully will smooth out as it gets ridden in a bit.
  • Robert Rekward February 11, 2017 at 4:49 pmLong loop was riding really great today. Firm and fast with lots of awesome sunshine.
  • Gary Meyer January 28, 2017 at 8:50 amLooks like it's going to be SOFT at Wanoga today. High of 43° and it barley got down to freezing last night. I'd suggest another sport.
  • Zach Blickman January 21, 2017 at 8:18 pmRiding well, but snow was accumulating by mid-afternoon. Thanks for the grooming!
  • Robert Rekward January 20, 2017 at 9:04 amEmail report from yesterday: As of early this morning, Wanoga had well-groomed parking areas. However, with new snow and plowing access to trails was blocked. On the positive, you can ride the parking lots — that's what I did for over 8 miles. — Joel
 

Gary’s Grooming Report:

Feb 28th

Both loops groomed. Last day grooming.

As your having fun on the trails think about what your going to put in writing this week to send to the Forest Service.
These trails are still under a trial permit, Your comments make a difference!

Send email or letter and stamp.

Subject: Wanoga Fat Bike Trails

Send to:
Kevin Larkin
District Ranger
klarkin@fs.fed.us

63095 Deschutes Market Rd.
Bend, OR 97701

Marvin Lang
Recreation Forester
melang@fs.fed.us

— Gary

Fat Bike Ride Description

Please help keep trails open to us by respecting trail etiquette:

  • Weekends and Holidays – park in the upper Wanoga snowmobile parking lot and ride down to the lower Sno-Play area. Ride the fat bike connector trail between the upper and lower parking lots. Look for the snow-bike sign and cut through the snow bank.
  • We share the ski and snowshoe trailhead on the north side of parking lot.
  • Please fill out the trail registrar. We want to show the Forest Service that this something we would like to keep doing and expand.
  • Take the snowshoe loop. PLEASE stay off the ski loops. Do not ride on or in the classic tracks.
  • Wide tires 3.8″ or wider.
  • Important: TIRE PRESSURE – based on current conditions use 4 PSI. Your sidewalls should wrinkle like a funny-car tire.
  • If you’re leaving ruts its too soft to ride.
  • Yield to all other users when riding.
  • Meissner Nordic helped us get our trails please help ease trail conflicts and stay off the groomed Nordic trails.

Snowmobile trails:

  • Its is difficult for snowmobile riders to see you. You will hear them way before they see you pull over and let them pass.
  • Stay to the far right of the trail and yield to snowmobiles.

Winter conditions can change hourly… If you’ve ridden this route recently, you can add a report to the discussion area below — or use the status update pull down at the top of the page.

Trail Photos

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Trail Reports » Wanoga Long Loop

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  1. Miguel Montaña says:

    Fresh on packed. Some drifts in the clear cut sections. Corners and short climb sections are getting some wear and tear. All said, riding awesome.

    Thanks Gary!

  2. Gary Meyer says:

    Completely spaced a report yesterday after 6 hours grooming. Trails were riding great this morning.

  3. Miguel Montaña says:

    First off, a huge thank you to Gary for spending his afternoon grooming both loops. I can tell the snow was pretty facile, so I’m sure it was a lot of work to get it groomed.

    The snow was sufficiently packed for my 4.0s, my buddy had 4.8s, if you have both, I’d take the 4.8s. Still with the 4.0s tire imprint was maybe 1/3rd to 1/2″ in general and traction wasn’t an issue.

    Looked like a mix of boot tracks/ski poles mixed through most of the long loop. It wasn’t super posthole-y, and hopefully will smooth out as it gets ridden in a bit.

  4. Long loop was riding really great today. Firm and fast with lots of awesome sunshine.

  5. Gary Meyer says:

    Looks like it’s going to be SOFT at Wanoga today.
    High of 43° and it barley got down to freezing last night.

    I’d suggest another sport.

  6. Zach Blickman says:

    Riding well, but snow was accumulating by mid-afternoon. Thanks for the grooming!

  7. Email report from yesterday: As of early this morning, Wanoga had well-groomed parking areas. However, with new snow and plowing access to trails was blocked. On the positive, you can ride the parking lots — that’s what I did for over 8 miles. — Joel

  8. “This isn’t going to be pretty and there’s no nice way to say it. But something needs to be said. There was a group of five or six people today at Wanoga in the early afternoon. They went on the long loop and a couple of people in the group completely destroyed the trail. Within 30 seconds of the beginning of the long loop they were already digging in 3 to 4 inches jumping off their bike and walking leaving post holes trying to remount and starting the whole process over again up the entire climb. They continued with complete disregard for the other people that would come up behind them and have to ride in the mess that they left. Instead of turning around and doing the right thing you continue to complete the entire long loop leaving huge trenches and foot prints the rest of the way. You know who UR and what you did. It takes a lot of time and effort to clean up the mess that you left. The only way this will work is if we all police ourselves. if your set up will not support your weight then you need to turn around and go back immediately. Please ride responsibly so the other people that are not damaging the trail can enjoy this incredible sport.” —— I’ve reposted this from the Central Oregon Fatbikes group to help get the word out.

  9. Mitch Riggin says:

    Just checking on conditions today? Any update, saw he tried to groom on 8th but was soft, does that mean too soft to ride?

    1. Gary Meyer says:

      Short answer when we say its soft yes it’s too soft to ride.
      Always check the weather. The last few days we have been in an inversion, Bend is cold the mountain is warm. Wanoga has been in the mid 30s durring the day and barely reaching freezing at night.

  10. Erik Santner says:

    Thanks Joe, good to clarify.

  11. Erik Santner says:

    So I can’t ride a 27.5 plus bike on Wanoga trails? For some reason I thought the minimum requirements before were 3″ tires.

  12. Gary Meyer says:

    Both loops riding great. 5PSI or less sit and spin up the hills. A few greasy spots

  13. Gary Meyer says:

    Lots of fresh snow! Looks like it will be that way all week. Go skiing.

  14. Gary Meyer says:

    Trails open on the 1st.

  15. John Stark says:

    Rode both long and short loops this morning. Weather was perfect and the snow was crunchy. No soft spots. However, you could definitely see some of the exposed areas would be soft in the afternoon. Also, LOTS of snow showers have really rutted several sections of both trails. Made for some bouncing on the fatties. Grooming Friday should fix that. The downhill “chutes” sections we’re fast and fun and in good shape. Get out there!

  16. Joe Myers says:

    Rode at 3pm today. Long loop starts out packed and fast for about half the loop, then suddenly turns to hamburger. Very squishy for a ways then back to riding better the last 3rd or so. Not as good as beginning of loop. Shirt loop was a little more consistent.

  17. MOD Brown says:

    Fat Bikes, LOL

  18. Tim Schallberger says:

    Riding good today as well. Looks like Gary regroomed to the road cross over. That section was fantastic. Rest of the trail was great as well but a little bumpier but hey that is why you have a Fat Bike! Firming up nicely and tons of traction at lunch time. Get out there!

  19. Thad "TJ" Jordan says:

    Rode Long Loop earlier today, riding really well. A few soft spots here and there, but I’m not complaining. Anytime on a Fatbike is a good time!

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