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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.

Lucky guests on this tour get the best of both worlds – killer mountain biking and comfy hotel accommodations at Horse Creek Lodge. You’ll ride your heart out on our selected routes, then enjoy a warm shower, cold brews at the outdoor fire pit, and a cozy bed at the lodge. 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. And if you need to feel like a kid again, take some loops on the pump track at the lodge, built by pro-rider Kirt Voreis.

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:

  • 3 days of awesome mountain biking.
  • Local, expert and caring guides.
  • Transportation to and from the airport, on tour start and end dates.
  • Transportation throughout the tour.
  • 2 nights lodging at Horse Creek Lodge on the McKenzie River
  • Meals: Two breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday), lunches (Friday and Saturday) and dinners (Friday and Saturday) as well as on-trail snacks.
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Crater Lake Spirits and Humm Kombucha.
  • Cog Wild t-shirt.
  • Cog Wild patch.

Trip Overview

LOCATION
McKenzie River Trail
DURATION
3 Days
SKILL LEVEL
5 - 9
FITNESS LEVEL
6 - 9
Tour Style
Hotel
Tour Size
12 guest maximum
STARTING PRICE
$745
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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

2015 Dates:

  • June 14 – 16
  • July 14 – 16
  • September 1 – 3
  • September 25 – 27
  • October 9 – 11

Start Location:

Cog Wild Headquarters at 9:00am or at Horse Creek Lodge at 11:00am.

Prices:

  • $745 per person, double occupancy
  • $135 additional single supplement fee

*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.
  • Optional activities such as rafting 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. 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

55 – 70 miles over the 3-day vacation. Expect about 20 – 26 miles a day.

Elevation

1,200 – 6,000 feet.

Rider Level

High intermediate to advanced. The route can vary in length and technical features, however, prepare for three full days of riding.

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 riding gloves and 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 soaking in a hot spring!

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 the 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 at the lodge, hike to a swimming hole, hit the pump track, play lawn games or relax at the outdoor fire pit with a cold one in hand, while our guides prepare the evening feast.

Mileage: 12-20 miles

Day 2

The second day of the tour 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

Day 3

We get into a bit of history today on the historic O’Leary Trail. Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Core in the 1930’s, today’s ride is a combination of flowy, fast trails 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. In the evening, we might take the opportunity to soak the bones at nearby Belknap Hot Springs.

Mileage: 20+ miles