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We may be biased, but the McKenzie River trail is hands-down one of the most beautiful and magical places in Oregon. Lush old growth forests, moss covered ground, and rugged lava outcroppings surround the crystal clear waters of the McKenzie River and in the middle of it all are thin, perfect ribbons of singletrack trails. This is truly a bucket-list vacation that makes for an unforgettable experience.

You’ll enjoy three days of incredible trails in the western Cascades. We’ll camp at the Delta Campground under towering old-growth Douglas fir and Western Red cedar trees near the McKenzie River. Cog Wild guides will make sure you are well fed and hydrated after your ride with delicious, fresh prepared meals and cold Deschutes Brewery beer, Crater Lake Spirits and Humm Kombucha

Join the Cog Wild crew for three days of mountain biking in some of Oregon’s prettiest country. This is a favorite with our guides, and you will see why!

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Three days of fantastic 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 included from dinner the first night through lunch the third day as well as on-trail snacks. The guides will cook breakfasts and dinners. You’ll make sandwiches each day for on-trail lunches.
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Crater Lake Spirits, Humm Kombucha, and Thump Coffee
  • Cog Wild t-shirt
  • Cog Wild patch

Trip Overview

LOCATION
McKenzie River Trail
DURATION
3 Days
SKILL LEVEL
5 - 9
FITNESS LEVEL
5 - 8
Tour Style
Camping
Tour Size
12 guest maximum
STARTING PRICE
$875
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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.

2018 Dates:

  • July 16-19
  • September 13-16

If these dates don’t work for you, contact us to create a custom tour for you and your group of 4 or more!

Start Location:

Meet at Cog Wild Headquarters at 5:00pm or at the specified campground at that evening near the McKenzie River. Contact us for details.

Price:

$875

*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 are only available on tour start and end dates. If you come early or stay later, you’ll need to arrange for transportation.
  • 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:

Multi-Day Tours:

  • All multi day tours will be charged a 50% deposit per person  at the time of booking, $100 of which will be non-refundable.
  • Cancellations 30-14 days prior to the tour: The participant will be required to pay 50% of trip price.
  • Cancellations 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 do not meet the minimum rider count:

The deposits made at booking are non-refundable except in the event that we have not met our minimum guest count and we can’t run the tour. In this case we will be sure to let you know that we are not running the trip and that we are refunding your deposit and are happy to offer you other suggestions in place of your original trip plans.

Riding Distance

55 – 70 miles over the 3-day vacation. Expect about 20 miles a day.

Elevation

1,200 – 6,000 feet.

Rider 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 three 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, camp shoes and insulating layers for cool nights and mornings. Bring a swimsuit for dipping in the river!

Day 0

After meeting at your guides at Cog Wild Headquarters, you will load up in the van and head over to the McKenzie River region. We’ll make a pit stop in Sisters for some dinner. Once we arrive, we will have plenty of time to set up camp, drink a beer and settle in under the stars. With all the lush greenery around you, you can’t help but dream of the awesome trails that await.

Day 1

Our tour dives right into the magic with this dreamy ride: King’s Castle to Castle Rock trail. This singletrack starts in a deep old growth forest and climbs 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: 12-20 miles
Climbing: +/- 2,500 feet
Descending: +/- 2,500 feet

Day 2

The second day we ride the famous 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 ride is a fabulous end to three great days of riding in amazing Oregon.

Mileage: 26 miles
Climbing: +/- 1,000 feet
Descending: +/- 1,500 feet

Day 3

We get into a bit of history today on the historic O’Leary Trail. Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Core (CCC) in the 1930’s, today’s ride is a combination of flowy, fast singletrack mixed with hard climbs and technical sections. However, your hard work will pay off with 6,000 feet of descending. Yes, you read that correctly! We’ve been working for years to re-open this trail, which was hidden under heavy brush for decades. You will be some of the first riders to experience this trail since it has been restored.  

Mileage: 22 – 28 miles
Climbing: +/- 2,000 feet
Descending: +/- 6,000 feet