: Anthony Smith / Bike Magazine

Oakridge

You don’t have to be a mountain biker to like Oakridge — but kudos if you are.

This thickly forested wonderland sits at the western foot of the Cascades and features hundreds of miles of singletrack trails. There are also hiking, horseback riding and special motorcycle and snowmobile trails. For anglers, there’s excellent trout fishing. And you can’t go wrong with a visit to the hot springs or local brewery. It just might be the perfect basecamp for exploring the Willamette National Forest, home of the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree.

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Ask Oregon

Where should we hike and mountain bike — and avoid crowds?

It sounds like you have quite the adventure planned! That is so exciting. I recommend checking out Summer Lake Hot Springs. It’s a little out of the way — about two hours southeast of Bend — but I find it less crowded, beautiful, and very peaceful. On your way over from Portland, I’d also suggest stopping along the way…

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