Deschutes National Forest

Mountain Biking - Trails under 10 Miles
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Deschutes River Trail Route 2.3 . . . Easy ride along the river
Tumalo Road Route 24.4 . . . Gentle ride to superb view of Tumalo Falls
Swampy Lakes Loop Route 52.1 . . . Good intro to mountain biking
Swede Ridge Loop Route 52.2 . . . Two ways to do this trail: slow and gradual up, fast and steep down, or visa versa
Tangent Loop Route 52.4 . . . Easy route, with some views of Broken Top
Kiwa Butte Loop Route 52.7 . . . Easy, with great views and tall trees

Deschutes River Trail Route 2.3
This route follows Forest service's recommended mountain bike route along the Deschutes River between Lava Island Falls and Dillon Falls. Mountain bikers are urged to use this route to reduce conflicts among mountain bikes, hikers, and horse travelers along this congested corridor.

Ride back on FS 700 and turn left onto FS 4120, riding toward the river. Continue down FS 4120 for a short time until you reach the overflow parking lot and a gated road. Pass through the gate and ride along this road for 0.75 mile. Just before you reach a second gate turn left onto a single track. Cross the road at the Big Eddy Rapids parking lot and continue along this trail for 0.75 mile as you cross several abandoned roads and alternate between singletrack and doubletrack. When you rejoin FS 4120, at a third gate, follow this for one mile as it overlooks the river. Just past the fourth gate turn left toward Dillon Falls. At the end of the Dillon Falls parking lot follow the singletrack back to FS 4120 to retrace your route back to Lava Island Falls and the trailhead.

Length: 6 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Trailhead elevation: 4,000 ft.
Low elevation: 4,000 ft.
High elevation: 4,100 ft.
Recommended season: Year-round
Surface: All dirt (4 miles doubletrack, 2 miles singletrack)
Trailhead: Drive 7.5 miles west of Bend on Hwy 46 until you reach FS 41. Turn left onto FS 41 and follow the signs to Lava Island Falls. Turn left onto FS 4120 and then left onto FS 700. Park in the parking lot and begin the loop.

Tumalo Road Route 24.4
The good tread and easy hills make this a very nice introduction to mountain biking for the beginner.

Continue up Skyliner's road and it will curve to the right after about 0.1 mile, turn to gravel, and cross a bridge. Turn left at the bridge onto the gravel road FS 4603. Stay on this road for 2.25 miles, riding through the area burned in the 1980 Bridge Creek Fire. At the end of FS 4603 the road crosses Tumalo Creek and climbs to the right to Tumalo Falls trail. Leave your bicycle in the parking lot and take a short walk to a spectacular view of 90-foot-high Tumalo Falls. Note: Bicycles are not allowed on the Bridge Creek trail and the Tumalo Falls trail is closed to downhill bicycle traffic. Retrace your route to return to the trailhead.

Length: 4.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Trailhead elevation: 4,750 ft.
Low elevation: 4,750 ft.
High elevation: 5,150 ft.
Recommended season: Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter
Surface: All Gravel (4.5 miles gravel road)
Trailhead: Drive or ride, about 9 miles west of Bend on Skyliner's Road to the Skyliner's Sno-Play parking lot on your left and park here.

Swampy Lakes Loop Route 52.1
A "classic" introduction to singletrack mountain biking. There are few obstacles a beginner cannot at least attempt and is short enough that even if you are not in the best of shape, you can complete the trip.

Follow the singletrack that leaves the Sno-Park and take the first trail that leads to your right. At the road turn left onto FS 222 and ride 0.75 mile until the road ends. Pass through the gate to pick up the singletrack for a fairly level ride up to the Swampy Lakes Cutoff. When you reach the Loop Cutoff junction, turn left and ride 0.3 miles to the Swampy Lakes Trail. Turn left here and follow the wide singletrack back to the Sno-Park. A right turn, at the junction, will lead you toward the Swampy Lakes meadow, the South Fork trail, and also Swampy Shelter. Note: For the least technically challenging ride, go straight at the first junction, ride on the Swampy Lakes Trail to the lake, and return the way you came.

Length: 4 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Trailhead elevation: 5,500 ft.
Low elevation: 5,500 ft.
High elevation: 6,000 ft.
Recommended season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Surface: All dirt (1 mile double track, 3 miles singletrack)
Trailhead: Drive or ride 16 miles west of Bend on Hwy 46 (Cascade Lakes Hwy) to the Swampy Lakes Sno-Park and park here. The route begins at the north end of the parking lot, across from the restrooms.

Swede Ridge Loop Route 52.2
This route is very different depending on which direction you choose to travel it. The long uphill about half way around becomes a long steep downhill if you ride the route in the opposite direction.

Follow the singletrack that leaves the Sno-Park and take the first trail to your turn. At the road head straight onto FS 080, which climbs slightly and then descends about 1.5 miles to FS 4615. Turn left and follow this road for about 0.25 mile to FS 100 and turn left. FS 100 heads northward then curves around to the northeast. As you approach the climb up Swede Ridge head through the gate and then bear left at the fork. Swede Ridge trail crosses FS 100 at the very crest of the ridge. Take the trail on your left, a singletrack that quickly enters the forest. The trail to your right leads to Swede ridge Shelter and then private land. A mile through the trees leads to a long, steep climb. Then a 0.75 mile descent will bring you to the east end of the Swampy Lakes Meadow. The trail is indistinct here so bear to your left at the cross-country ski signpost and pick up the trail that skirts the edge of the meadow. Within a short distance you reach the Swampy Lakes Cutoff Trail. Take the Cutoff Trail to your right for about 0.3 mile to its junction with the Swampy Lakes Trail. Turn left and follow the Swampy Lakes Trail back to the trailhead.

Length: 9 miles
Difficulty: More difficult
Trailhead elevation: 5,500 ft.
Low elevation: 5,500 ft.
High elevation: 5,900 ft.
Recommended season: Late Spring/Summer/Early Fall
Surface: All dirt (4.45 miles double track, 4.5 mile singletrack)
Trailhead: Drive or ride 16 miles west of Bend on Hwy 46 (Cascade Lakes Hwy) to the Swampy Lakes Sno-Park and park here. The route begins at the north end of the parking lot across from the restrooms.

Tangent Loop Route 52.4
The ride is primarily on doubletrack through the forest, with some open spaces filled with snowbrush and a few glimpses of Broken Top. Combine this with the Swampy Lakes Trail Route #52.1 for a longer ride.

Follow FS 4615 as it descends and rises gradually, curving to the left. After 1.75 miles, turn left onto FS 080 and begin climbing on a fairly good doubletrack for another 2 miles. Turn left at FS 222 and ride a short distance to FS 040. Turn left at FS 040 for a downhill run of about 2 miles and rejoin FS 4615 to return to the trailhead.

Length: 6 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Trailhead elevation: 5,400 ft.
Low elevation: 5,400 ft.
High elevation: 5,800 ft.
Recommended season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Surface: All dirt (6.0 miles doubletrack)
Trailhead: Drive 14 miles west of Bend on Hwy 46 (Cascade Lakes Hwy) to Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. Park in the Sno-Park and head north on FS 4615 to begin the route.

Kiwa Butte Loop Route 52.7
There are many large Ponderosa Pines on this route and excellent views to the south and southeast from FS 300 and FS 200. All of this route is on doubletrack, but there are some rough sections on FS 200 that require some downhill techniques.

Ride FS 4613 as it climbs steadily for approximately 2 miles over a gravel surface. Turn left onto FS 300 and follow it for 1.75 miles. Turn left onto FS 260, stay on this for a couple hundred yards, then turn right onto FS 200 and ride this road for approximately 3 miles. Turn left on FS 4133 and follow it to FS 4130, where you'll turn left. This will lead you back to FS 4613 where a right turn leads you to the trailhead.

Length: 9 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Trailhead elevation: 4,800 ft.
Low elevation: 4,700 ft.
High elevation: 5,500 ft.
Recommended season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Surface: All dirt (9.0 miles doubletrack)
Trailhead: Drive or ride approximately 10 miles west of Bend on Hwy 46 (Cascade Lakes Hwy) to FS 4613, which is on the left. Turn onto FS 4613 and park at the junction of the first road on the left.


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