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You asked for more. We answered. Introducing our new six-day adventure in Oregon that includes our three favorite places—the McKenzie River, Oakridge and the North Umpqua River.

If you are looking for a total Pacific Northwest experience, then this is the tour for you. Six days of fabulous singletrack, riverside camping, hearty feasts and local beers.

The McKenzie River valley is home to lush forests dripping with moss, blue pools, black lava rock outcroppings and perfect trails. Trails can range from the technical McKenzie River Trail to the swoopy downhill of King Castle-Castle Rock Trail. In two days, we’ll find something for everyone. The Oakridge area is Oregon’s up-and-coming mountain biking mecca with trails such as Alpine Trail, Hardesty, Lawler, Heckletooth, Bunchgrass—we could go on and on. Let’s just say, we have tons of options there. We’ll finish off the last two days on the North Umpqua Trail as we zip past hanging gardens of ferns and moss and migrating salmon in the river below.

All this combined with Cog Wilds expert guides, signature meals and Deschutes Brewery beer!

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 6 days of mountain biking. 2 days on the McKenzie, 2 in Oakridge, and 2 on the North Umpqua
  • Local, expert and caring guides.
  • Transportation to and from Bend at the start and end dates of tour.
  • Transportation during the tour.
  • Five nights of camping. Two nights at the McKenzie River, two in Oakridge, one on the North Umpqua.
  • Meals: Lunch on day one to lunch on day six including one dinner at Oakridge’s Brewers Union 180.
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Crater Lake Spirits and Humm Kombucha.
  • Cog Wild t-shirt.
  • Cog Wild patch.

Trip Overview

LOCATION
McKenzie River Trail, North Umpqua River Trail, Oakridge
DURATION
6 Days
SKILL LEVEL
5 - 9
FITNESS LEVEL
6 - 9
Tour Style
Tour, Camping
Tour Size
12 guest maximum
STARTING PRICE
$1100
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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:

  • July 25-30
  • August 22-27
  • September 11-16

Start Location: Meet us at Cog Wild Headquarters in Bend, Oregon at 8:00am.

Price: $1100

*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.
  • Beverages purchased at local Oakridge brewery, Brewers Union Local 180.
  • Camping gear such as tent, sleeping bag and pad. Bring your own, or rent them from us.
  • Optional activities such as rafting or fishing on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River.
  • 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

95 – 170 miles

Elevation

1,200-6,000 feet

Rider Level

Strong intermediate to advanced. A six-day tour requires multi-day stamina! Riders should be physically fit and have various experience and skill with sustained climbs, steep descents and technical features.

Terrain & Trails

McKenzie River, Oakridge and North Umpqua trails are narrow, fast, slow, smooth, rocky, rooty, steep and beautiful. You’ll also sample a wide variety of terrain – granddaddy old-growth trees, clear cuts, giant ferns, natural meadows, cold creek crossings, log bridges, exposure and rock outcroppings.

Recommended Clothing & Gear

Prepare for six full days of riding, so bring adequate clothing, including multiple pairs of bike shorts, shirts, gloves and 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, camp shoes and insulating layers for cool nights and mornings. Bring a swimsuit for dipping in the river or hot springs!

*There is poison oak on the sides of some of the trails we ride on this tour. Bring precautionary measures or extra-clothing if you are sensitive to poison oak.

Day 1

Guests will meet in Bend in the morning, and then we’ll drive over a hour to the McKenzie River area. We’ll dive right into one of our favorite rides, the McKenzie River Trail! This deservedly well-known and popular trail is a mixture of technical singletrack with lava rock, roots and bridge crossings and flowy, fast sections. With stunning waterfalls and the “Blue Pool” along the way, this is a fabulous way to start the week. We’ll camp at Delta Campground with fireside beers and freshly prepared dinner.

Mileage: 22-26 miles

Day 2

Today, we’ll start in a deep old growth forest and climb to the peak of Castle Rock, offering an amazing panoramic view of area. Lunch on the summit is followed by 2,500 feet of smooth, fast downhill with some tight switchbacks to keep you on your toes. Back in camp, sit back and relax with a Deschutes Brewery beer while our guides prepare the evening feast. After dinner, take the opportunity to soak in the pool at nearby Belknap Hot Springs.

Mileage: 12-26 miles

Day 3

We’re on the move as we pack up and drive over to Oakridge over the scenic Aufderheide highway (a.k.a. “fabulous Oregon backroad”). We’ll take you straight to the crown jewel in the Oakridge castle of gems—Alpine Trail. Mountain bikers come from all over the country just to ride some of the fastest, swoopiest, loamiest dirt you can sink your knobbies into. There are several options and lengths for this ride. We can shuttle it, loop it, or add more to it to get over a 30-mile ride, if desired. We’ll finish the day at a swimming hole, surrounded by smooth, sun baked rocks on the river, with a cold beer in hand. Camping is under the tall trees of Black Canyon Campground.

Mileage: 18-30 miles

Day 4

Lucky us, we get another day in Oakridge! Since we haven’t even scratched the surface, 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. Another night of camping in Oakridge before we head to our next destination, but you might have to book another trip to see more of what Oakridge has to offer!

Mileage: varies

Day 5

We’ll have breakfast, then pack up and drive over to the North Umpqua River to ride the “Dread and Terror” section of the North Umpqua Trail. In 1908, two rangers on horseback named a four-mile ridgeline south of the river as “Dread and Terror” in reference to the disagreeable possibility of fighting a forest fire in this densely vegetated land. Not to worry, it is an amazing section of trail! If we have time after riding, we’ll find more hot springs to soak your bones and soothe your muscles.

Mileage: 13-17

Day 6

Hopefully you have some left in the tank for the last day! The North Umpqua Trail is a 79-mile long trail, so we have lots of options for length and skill levels for our last day of riding, all of which include more awesome singletrack and scenery. We’ll wrap up our tour that afternoon, then head back to Bend by evening. Didn’t get enough? You might need to book one of our Bend mountain biking tours next!

Mileage: varies