: Swampy Lakes by Dylan VanWeelden

Bend is Your Next Mountain Bike Destination

October 15, 2020

With nearly 300 miles of mountain bike trails accessible from town, Bend is a mountain biker’s paradise. The rides and amenities will make your heart swoon — from swoopy singletrack and classic networks like Phil’s Trail, to the easy shuttle service and abundant bike shops. Ready to shred? Here are the top spots to put on your radar.

A mountain biker turns a corner in front of a snowy peak.
Mt. Bachelor Bike Park by Mt. Bachelor

Mt. Bachelor Bike Park

Distance: Varies
Difficulty: Mild to challenging

Opened in 2019, Mt. Bachelor Bike Park offers more than a dozen miles of lift-accessible trails, from beginner to double black diamond. Swoop, slide and fly down a gauntlet of berm jumps, rollers and tabletops.

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Swampy Lakes – Phil’s Trail Shuttle by Dylan VanWeelden

Swampy Lakes – Phil’s Shuttle

Distance: 24 miles
Difficulty: Mild

This mostly downhill ride starts at Dutchman Flat near Mt. Bachelor for an adrenaline-filled descent through ponderosa pines. The singletrack ends at Phil’s Trailhead, just a few minutes from downtown Bend.

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Tyler’s Traverse Loop

Tyler’s Traverse Loop

Distance: 12.6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Enjoy a short and sweet ride with a reasonable doubletrack climb and a fun singletrack descent that packs plenty of rocky challenges and adrenaline-filled thrills into just over 12 miles.

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Two mountain bikers smile as they take different sides of the dirt trail.
Phil’s Trail System Warm-up by Tyler Roemer

Phil’s Trail System Warm-up

Distance: 15 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Get acquainted with Bend’s quintessential pine-scented twists and turns on a ride that includes moderate grades and fun descents, culminating in the famed, one-way Phil’s Trail near downtown Bend.

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Cog Wild by Dylan VanWeelden

Keep on riding

There are more exciting mountain bike trails to be found in Central Oregon. When you’re ready for more dirt, set your compass to the Lookout Mountain Loop, Newberry Crater Loop and Lemish and Charlton Lakes, part of the Oregon Timber Trail.

A mountain biker wears a helmet while taking on a dirt track.
Lemish and Charlton Lakes by Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

Lemish and Charlton Lakes

Distance: 19 miles
Difficulty: Challenging

A segment of the Oregon Timber Trail, this lollipop route showcases backcountry terrain around the Cascade Lakes. Gorgeous lake views are matched with gnarly outcroppings and flowy descents.

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A mountain biker pedals down rocky terrain with a volcanic caldera in the background.
Newberry Crater Loop by Tyler Roemer

Newberry Crater Loop

Distance: 22 miles
Difficulty: Challenging

Ride the largest volcano in the Cascades, Newberry Crater, on a mostly singletrack trail to epic panoramic views. The big climbs lead to dramatic sights around the caldera before a long, satisfying descent.

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Lookout Mountain Loop

Distance: 11 miles
Difficulty: Extreme

At 6,918 feet, Lookout Mountain is the highest point in the Ochoco Mountains. The ride rewards a series of rugged, steep climbs with incredible panoramic views and a historic lookout tower at the top.

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