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Not everyone knows that Oakridge is just a hop, skip and jump (on a sweet and scenic backcountry highway) away from the McKenzie River. So, we’ve decided to combine the two into a lovely four-day hotel tour. You get four days of prime mountain biking, and a hot shower, comfy bed, and squishy pillow to rest and recharge each night.

The McKenzie River area is full of 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. We’ll stay at the friendly Horse Creek Lodge where you can try your hand at the pump track, built by local pro-rider Kirt Voreis.

Oakridge is a former timber town nestled in a deep valley, surrounded by steep, tree covered mountains. With trail sections names like “Jedi Forest”, “Chrome Toilet”, and “Windy Pass”, Oakridge trails are epic, heart pounding, incredibly scenic and satisfying. Riding through Oakridge’s deep forests and steep terrain will remind you of childhood stories of prehistoric lands and mythical creatures. At the end of the day, we’ll check in to the Oakridge Lodge, within walking distance of the local pub. Bottom’s up!

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 hotel accommodation, double to triple occupancy. (The Oakridge hotel has double rooms and family rooms – please inquire with us if interested.)
  • Meals: All meals from lunch on the first day through lunch on day four including dinner at Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge.
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Crater Lake Spirits and Humm Kombucha.
  • Cog Wild t-shirt
  • Cog Wild patch.

Trip Overview

LOCATION
McKenzie River Trail, Oakridge
DURATION
4 Days
SKILL LEVEL
4 - 9
FITNESS LEVEL
5 - 9
Tour Style
Hotel, Tour
Tour Size
12 guest maximum
STARTING PRICE
$1165
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Our goal is to maximize your experience with us. Talk to us about adding more rides, staying an extra day, or finding more to do while on vacation.

2016 Dates:

  • June 20-23  Full
  • July 17-20 Full
  • August 15-18  Full
  • September 19-22  Please call before booking

Start Location: Meet at Cog Wild Headquarters at 8:00am. Contact us for details.

Price: $1165
Single Supplement: $240

*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.
  • Airport shuttles to and from the Redmond (RDM) Airport. You will need to arrange for your transportation to 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

80 – 100 miles over the 4-day vacation. Expect about 22 miles a day.

Elevation

1,200-6,000

Level

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

Terrain & Trails

A variety of cross-country singletrack trails with flowy and technical features such as: lava rock, slippery roots, exposure, creek crossings, steep climbs and descents. Scenery is as much green as you can take in—lush, moss covered forests, beautiful rivers, blue pools, wildflowers, and 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. Bring a swimsuit for dipping in the river or hot springs!

*There is poison oak on the sides of some trails in the Oakridge area. Bring precautionary measures or extra-clothing if you are sensitive to poison oak.

Day 1

We’ll meet in Bend and drive two hours to the McKenzie River. We’ll dive right in with our first ride on the McKenzie River Trail. This deservedly well-known and popular trail is a mixture of technical singletrack with lava rock, roots, creek crossings and flowy, fast sections. With stunning waterfalls and the sapphire colored “Blue Pool” along the way, this ride is a great way to start the tour! We’ll stay at the friendly, family owned Horse Creek Lodge tonight and enjoy beers by the outdoor fire pit.

Mileage: 26 miles

Day 2

We’ve got a few choices for the second day. King Castle to Castle Rock is a fun trail that starts deep in an old growth forest and climbs to the peak of Castle Rock, offering an amazing panoramic view of the area, followed by a screaming descent back to the bottom. Or we can go for the historic O’Leary trail, a combination of narrow tread, tight switchbacks, tough climbing and descending, and very technical sections. We’ll spend another night at Horse Creek Lodge. Maybe you’ll have enough energy to hit the pump track to check your skills before heading to Oakridge!

Mileage: 12-20 miles

Day 3

Off we go over the mountains to Oakridge for some sweet mountain biking on Alpine Trail, perhaps Oakridge’s most famous trail. You’ll skip the long gravel road climb because we’ll shuttle you right to the singletrack. Depending on how everyone feels, we can add on additional trails such as Tire Mountain Trail and Cloverpatch Trail (why quit early?) After checking into the Oakridge Lodge, we’ll walk to dinner and brews at Brewers Union Local 180, a British style ale public house and brewery.

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, pile back in the van for the 2-hour drive back to Bend, ending the tour that evening.

Mileage: Varies