The secret is out about Bend and the mountain biking in Bend. Each year we get more people coming to visit during the summer to enjoy our trail system, breweries, and everything else Bend has to offer. One of the most frequent question I get from people looking to make the permanent move to Bend who are into mountain biking is “can I ride year around”? The basic answer is yes, though there are some buts. Most of the main trail network that starts at the Phil’s trailhead is under snow or extremely muddy during the winter and not rideable from around November/December til around April. For riding in the winter you need to head outside the city to a few different spots that have some trails that are open most of the year. They do get really hot and dusty during the summer and are periodically too wet or snow to ride in winter but usually they are rideable.
Horse Ridge – Horse ridge is about 20 minutes or so east of Bend city limits. There are around 10 – 12 miles of trails here and unlike the trails in Bend, but most of them are fairly rocky and somewhat technical, probably around an intermediate level.
Horse Butte – Horse Butte is just outside of the city limits on the southeast side. This area is popular with horseback riders so the trails are a little choppy. The trails here are fairly easy and flat, but it is close by if you live on the south side of the city.
Maston – Maston is one of our newer areas to ride and is very popular in winter for riding and hiking. There are currently around 14 miles of trails, but they are slowly adding more in this area. The trails are fairly flat and not very technical, but they provide a good place to get out and ride your bike. Maston is located north of Bend near Redmond.
Radlands – The Radlands are also one of our newer trail networks. The Radlands are located in Redmond by the airport. Currently the network is fairly small at around 9 miles, but it is a work in progress and should be growing in the future.
The newest option for winter riding which is rapidly gaining popularity is snow biking, or fat biking. For those who haven’t heard of snow biking or fat biking before it is a new breed of bikes with really fat tires up to five inches wide that can be ridden on firm packed snow. There is a local group that is going to start grooming specific fat bike trails up near Mount Bachelor during the winter. Additionally fat bikes can be ridden on snowmobile trails.