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It’s a tough call to decide on the McKenzie River area or Oakridge. Both have sublime singletrack, beautiful forests and rivers, great camp spots and the opportunity to get to know “the real Oregon.”

The McKenzie River area oozes with lush old growth forests, moss covered ground, and rugged lava outcroppings surrounding the crystal clear waters of the McKenzie River. And in the middle of it all are thin, perfect ribbons of singletrack trails.

With trail section names like “Jedi Forest”, “Chrome Toilet”, and “Windy Pass”, Oakridge trails are epic, heart pounding, incredibly scenic and ultimately satisfying. Riding through Oakridge’s deep forests and steep terrain will remind you of childhood stories of prehistoric lands and mythical creatures.

Why choose just one, when you can have both in one tour?

With this four-day tour, you get to experience two of our favorite areas in the Cascades. You’ll enjoy two days in the McKenzie River region and two days in the Oakridge/Westfir region. Ride hard, then camp under big trees near rushing rivers. Cog Wild guides will make sure you are well fed and hydrated with our signature delicious, fresh prepared meals and cold Deschutes Brewery beer.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 4-days of mountain biking.
  • Local, expert and caring guides.
  • Transportation to and from Bend, at the start and end dates of tour.
  • Transportation during the tour.
  • Three nights of camping.
  • Meals: All meals are included from lunch on day one to lunch on the last day as well as on-trail snacks. This includes one dinner at Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge.
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Crater Lake Spirits and Humm Kombucha.
  • Cog Wild t-shirt & patch.

Trip Overview

LOCATION
McKenzie River Trail, Oakridge
DURATION
4 Days
SKILL LEVEL
5 - 9
FITNESS LEVEL
5 - 9
Tour Style
Tour, Camping
Tour Size
12 guest maximum
STARTING PRICE
$810
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Oregon has hundreds of miles of mountain biking trails—enough to keep a rider busy for weeks on end! We can show you the goods. Talk to us about adding more rides, staying extra days or finding more to do while on vacation

2016 Dates:

  • June 27-30
  • July 11-14
  • August 8-11
  • September 4-7

Start Location: Meet at Cog Wild Headquarters at 9:00am or at the Delta Campground at 11:00am near the McKenzie River. Contact us for details.

Price: $810

*Price Does Not Include:

  • Mountain bike rentals. You can absolutely bring your own bike, or choose to rent a bike. See our bike rentals page for more information.
  • Camping gear such as tent, sleeping bag and pad. Bring your own, or rent them from us.
  • Optional activities such as rafting trips on the McKenzie River or soaking at Belknap Hot Springs.
  • Airport shuttles to and from the Redmond (RDM) Airport. You will need to arrange for your transportation to/from Bend (15 miles). We recommend Enviro Shuttle or Redmond Airport Shuttle.
  • Trip Insurance. We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance for the unforeseeable. See our cancellation policy below.
  • Guide gratuity. If you like the ride, tip your guide!

Cancellation Policy. Cog Wild follows the below policy 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: Guests can transfer to another tour at least 2 weeks in advance. 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.

Riding Distance

86 – 98 miles over the 4-day vacation. Expect an average of 22 miles a day.

Elevation

1,200-6,000ft

Level

Mid-intermediate to advanced. Riders should be physically fit and have various experience and skill with mountain biking.

Terrain & Trails

A wide variety of cross-country singletrack trails with flowy and technical features such as: lava rock, slippery roots, exposure, creek crossings, steep climbs and descents. The scenery in the McKenzie River area is as much green as you can take in—lush, moss covered forests, beautiful rivers, blue pools, and giant trees. Oakridge is similar, with open meadows, wildflowers and great views of the western Cascades.

Recommended Clothing & Gear

Prepare for four full days of riding, so bring adequate clothing, including layers for a variety of weather. Hydration packs are necessary for carrying food and water. Helmets are required for all rides. We are also camping, so appropriate camp attire will include long pants, sturdy shoes and insulating layers for cool nights and mornings. Bring a swimsuit for dipping in the river!

Day 1

Day 1 gets you right into the lush greenery of the McKenzie River valley. Depending on the group, we’ll either ride the McKenzie River Trail or a combination of O’Leary and King Castle Trails. The McKenzie River Trail is 26 miles of technical, rocky and rooty singletrack with stunning waterfalls, the dreamy Blue Pool and old growth forests. O’Leary and King Castle trails include long, grinding climbs, fast and flowy descents and an ample serving of narrow, technical trail with awesome views. Either way, your first day will give you a taste for Cascades mountain biking. Camping that night will be at Delta Creek Campground with a full dinner, freshly prepared by your guides.

Mileage: 26 +/- miles

Day 2

The second day, we’ll hit what we didn’t ride on Day 1 – either McKenzie River Trail or O’Leary/King Castle. If we have time, we’ll stop by the Horse Creek Lodge to session the pump track. Pump tracks are great fun for all skill levels and give riders the opportunity to practice bike handling skills that improve speed and flow. And you’ll feel like a kid again! Camp will be at Delta Campground again with another yummy dinner and cold brews.

Mileage: 26+/- miles

Day 3

After a hearty camp cooked breakfast by your guides, we’ll drive the scenic Aufderheide road that takes us from the McKenzie, up and over the hills to the Oakridge/Westfir area—a zone teeming with world-class single track. We will shuttle you to the top of Alpine Trail, with aptly named sections such as Sourgrass Meadow, Windy Pass and Jedi Forest, with the option to add on Tire Mountain Trail and Cloverpatch Trail. After stopping to set up camp at our campsite, dinner will be at Brewers Union Local 180, where you might rub shoulders with the local trail builders. Back to camp for a campfire and S’mores to stock up on energy for Day 4!

Mileage: 18-28 miles

Day 4

Since we haven’t even scratched the surface in Oakridge, we have tons of options for the last day. We’ll see what you are up for and decide between twisty river trails, more elevation dropping descents or classic trails that wind through the dark forests. Afterwards drive back to Bend, ending the tour. But you might have to book another trip to see more of what Oakridge has to offer!
Mileage: Varies