Any kind of rider! Our tours are designed for all levels, from beginner to expert level mountain bikers. When taking your reservation, we will ask about your riding ability and use this information to place you on the right tour for you. Please use this guide to help choose which category you fit into:
Kid: children from age 7 to 12. Kids should be comfortable on a bike for up to 1½ hours.
Beginner: Beginners include anyone who doesn’t ride a mountain bike often, prefers to ride gravel roads or very gentle paths and trails, and is able to be on the bike for an average of two hours. Age 13 to adult.
Advanced Beginner: An Advanced Beginner rider has mountain biked a few times on flat or very gentle hills and non-technical terrain.
Intermediate: Intermediate riders include anyone who rides fairly often and is relatively fit, comfortable on single track or steeper roads, and is able to be on the bike for up to four hours. Age 13 to adult.
Advanced Intermediate: Advanced Intermediate riders can be on the bike for up to 6 hours. They are very comfortable on most singletrack trails with climbing and descending and some technical features.
Advanced: Advanced riders are those who ride mountain bikes often, are able to ride 50 to 100 miles per week, can handle technical single track and are able to be on the bike for up to eight hours. Age 16 and older only.
Expert: Expert riders are those riders that want to chase and keep up with the guide! They ride several times a week with a lot of mileage and have excellent technical skills.
Every day and tour is different. Depending on your riding level, we’ll design a specific tour that includes some of our favorite trails. The selection can include family friendly routes in the Phil’s Trail network to more technical options in the Wanoga Trail network, or alpine trails in the summer accessed high country. Some of our favorite trails are Whoops Trail (maintained by Cog Wild’s owner Lev), Tiddlywinks, Tyler’s Traverse, Flagline, North Fork, Mrazek, Ben’s, Phil’s, COD, KGB, Storm King, Funner and Metolius Windigo. Yeah, just a few…
Yes – we offer front and full suspension mountain bike rentals for our summer tours and fat bikes for our winter tours. Rentals include a water bottle and a helmet. Front suspension bikes are $30 and $50-85 for a full suspension. If you are looking to rent a bike without coming on tour with Cog Wild, please refer to our Vacation Planning Page for local bike shops.
Living in Bend, we’re pretty lucky to have many bike shops with many brands of bikes! The choices are endless, ranging from Trek, Kona, Niner, Specialized, GT, Devinci, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Salsa, Ibis, Turner, Jamis, Rocky Mountain, Yeti, Cannondale and more! You can choose from front suspension, full suspension, 26”, 27.5” and 29’er frames. See the complete list here
Please see pedal information on the bike rental page.
Our one-day tours are available daily during our mountain biking season. In Central Oregon this normally means April through November. We also offer multi-day tours and group tours during these same months. Shuttles can take place year round. We also have fat bike tours that we do on the snow in the winter.
The length of the ride depends on the riders in the group and whether you are on a half-day or full day tour. Tours vary from 3 mile long family outings to long 40+ mile epics for the hard core rider! Let us know what you want!
In Central Oregon, spring and fall are typically pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from the low fifties to high seventies and nighttime temperatures dropping into the thirties. However, we do experience unpredictable mountain weather at times that can bring colder temperatures and moisture. In the summer, you can expect temperatures ranging from high seventies to low nineties, with evening thunder showers to dampen the trails.
Closed toed shoes, polypropylene or light-weight, moisture wicking wool shirts, biking specific gloves, and bike shorts or regular shorts are recommended. Be prepared for the occasional Central Oregon weather change by bringing a light rain jacket or warmer top layer. Jeans and non-athletic shoes are not recommended. Helmets are required and are provided with all rental bikes.
Day tour lunches consist of in-season fruit, cookies and sandwiches made fresh daily with free range, natural meat & organic produce. Multi-day tours will have different meals each day consisting of picnic lunches, BBQ, fajitas, pasta and other scrumptious surprises. We can accommodate all dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten or dairy free.
Single day and multi-day tours average between three to eight cyclists, with a maximum of twelve. Our Baja Vacation is limited to 14 guests.
Cog Wild is the only local Forest Service permit holder offering mountain bike tours in Central Oregon. We are also the only mountain bike tour company allowed to guide people from Mt. Bachelor to Bend. Going on tour with Cog Wild ensures that you are able to see a wide spectrum of the mountain bike trails in the region. We know every stretch of tread, every turn of trail and every great lunch spot. We are also actively involved and donate countless volunteer hours to building and maintaining our trails. By coming on tour with us, you are helping to support our local trail system.
The two choices are to meet us in Bend or meet us at the start location of the tour. Depending on what tour you are interested in, we can help provide information about getting to the start of the tour. Check out our vacation planning page for more information.
*Please note that North Bend, Oregon is NOT the same as Bend, Oregon! Be sure you fly into the Bend/Redmond (RDM) Airport!
Absolutely! Gift Certificates can be customized to any price or tour. Purchase a gift certificate for as many riders as you desire!
We realize guests occasionally have to cancel a reservation. Cog Wild tries to accommodate as many situations as possible; but we follow our cancellation policy to protect our ability to run tours and to maintain our price structures. We recommend purchasing travel insurance (www.travelguard.com) to protect your investment. Please review our cancellation policies below:
One-Day Tours & Shuttles:
Cancellations received at least 48 hours prior to the tour date will be charged a $25 per person processing fee. Any cancellations received within 48 hours of tour date or no-shows are not eligible for a refund. Tours go rain or shine. Weather is not a reason to cancel a tour.
The below policy is followed for every multi-day tour guest:
- Cancel 61 or more days before your trip: $75 cancellation fee.
- Cancel 60 to 45 days before: $250 cancellation fee.
- Cancel 44 to 14 days before: The participant will be required to pay 50% of trip price.
- Cancel within 14 days: No refund.
Note: In most cases can transfer to another tour at least 2 weeks in advance (with the exception of the Baja Vacation, Multi-Day Tours and Skills Clinics.) If transferring tours to next year, transfer is good for the following year only. Personal emergencies do not void cancellation policy and tours go rain or shine. Travel insurance that covers trip cancellation as well as trip interruption is highly recommended. If we are able to re-sell your spot on a tour, we will refund you the full tour amount minus $75 handling fee.
Private Group Day Tours:
A non-refundable 50% booking deposit or credit card number must be received at time of booking.
A final guarantee of guests must be received 4 days prior to the tour.
Cancellations received in less than 4 days to the start of the tour forfeits 100% of guests tour price.
Group tours go rain, snow or shine. Alternative routes will be designed if necessary.
Yes, every year we hire new guides. To guide for Cog Wild, it is very important that you are extremely familiar with our extensive local trail network, you are local to Central Oregon, available throughout the riding season, have your First Aid and CPR and be a mountain biker who is very familiar with our local community and restaurant scene. If this describes you, please contact us to schedule an interview!