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Perhaps you want to explore some new mountain biking areas, but don’t want to splurge on the fully guided tour. We are now offering a three-day, non-guided trip in three amazing mountain biking meccas: Oakridge, McKenzie River region, and the North Umpqua River.

For the self-reliant, advanced to expert mountain biker, these camping trips allow you to have a customized experience on your own with a group of friends or family. Depending on where you want to ride, we’ll choose a great camping spot and supply you with a full camp kitchen set-up, camp shower, and repair stand and supplies. We’ll have a knowledgeable chaperone in camp for the whole trip and we’ll supply you with maps and recommended rides so you can explore on your own.

Riders are responsible for bringing their own bikes, personal camping gear – tents, sleeping bags, pads and chairs – and food for all meals during the trip. Don’t worry; we’ve got the beer covered with a cooler filled with complimentary Deschutes Brewery beers.

If you do wish to take the food provisioning out of the equation, Cog Wild can arrange to do the shopping for you at a small additional fee: $100 per person.

Choose from three of the best mountain biking meccas: Oakridge, McKenzie River or the North Umpqua. Need help deciding? Give us a call!

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 3-days of mountain biking in your choice: Oakridge, McKenzie River or North Umpqua.
  • Knowledgeable guide on hand to recommend routes.
  • Transportation to and from Bend at the start and end dates of tour if needed.
  • Transportation during the tour.
  • Two nights of camping at choice spot.
  • Camp set up: full kitchen, camp shower, repair stand and supplies for your use.
  • Mountain bike trail maps for the area that you choose.
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer and Humm Kombucha.
  • Cog Wild t-shirt.
  • Cog Wild patch.
  • Full food provisioning for just $100 extra per person

Trip Overview

LOCATION
Oakridge, McKenzie River Trail, North Umpqua River Trail
DURATION
3 Days
SKILL LEVEL
4 - 9
FITNESS LEVEL
5 - 9
Tour Style
Camping, Tour
Tour Size
12 guest maximum
STARTING PRICE
$325
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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.

We are offering this unique experience in Oakridge, the McKenzie River area, and the North Umpqua River area. Each region has it’s own unique features and feel.

Price: $325pp* w/$100pp optional food provisioning add-on

*Price Does Not Include:

  • Food: Unless the additional food provisioning option is selected ($100pp add-on), riders are responsible for their own breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, to be prepared and cooked in the shared camp kitchen. We supply the beer!
  • Mountain bike rentals. You can absolutely bring your own bike, or choose to rent a bike. See our bike rentals page for more information.
  • Personal camping gear such as tent, sleeping bag and pad. Bring your own, or rent them from Cog Wild.
  • Optional activities such as rafting or fishing.
  • 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!

Rider Level

Advanced to Expert. This is a non-guided tour, so riders must be able to navigate the routes on their own, handle any first aid or mechanical challenges in the backcountry and be able to complete the rides that they choose. Riders should be physically fit and have various experience and skill with sustained climbs, steep descents and technical features.

Terrain & Trails

Narrow, fast, slow, smooth, rocky, rooty, steep and beautiful describe all the trails in Oakridge, McKenzie River and the Umpqua regions. 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.
*There is poison oak on the sides of some of the trails we ride in Oakridge and the North Umpqua. Bring precautionary measures or extra-clothing if you are sensitive to poison oak.

Recommended Clothing & Gear

Prepare for three full days of riding, so bring adequate clothing, including 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!

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.

McKenzie 2016 Dates:

  • May 20-22
  • June 24-26
  • July 5-7
  • August 29-31
  • October 13-15

Start Location:

Meet us at Cog Wild Headquarters at 9:00am or at Delta Campground at 11:00am. Contact us for details.

Riding Distance

55 – 75 miles

Elevation

1,200 -5,200 feet

Prep Day

Unless the food provisioning add-on is selected ($100pp), you’ll need to meet your Cog Wild chaperone the night prior to your tour’s start date to shop for food. We will pre-arrange a time for you to meet your guide at our office, where there is a Safeway just across the street. We’ll be ready with coolers and bins for overnight storage and transport.

Day 1

After going over the map, we’ll shuttle to the trailhead for your first ride: King’s Castle to Castle Rock trail. You have the option to climb 2,500 feet to the summit of Castle Rock or do a shorter version staying in the old growth forest. The summit of Castle Rock offers an amazing panoramic view of area and a perfect spot to enjoy lunch before descending 2,500 feet of smooth, fast downhill back to the trailhead. After the ride, prepare your dinner to enjoy around the campfire with a Deschutes Brewery beer. Or drive to the one restaurant in the area or to soak in the pool at nearby Belknap Hot Springs.

Mileage: 12-20 miles

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. Your guide can drop you off at multiple start locations for those not comfortable with the super techy lava sections. After the ride we will shuttle back to camp for the evening.

Mileage: 12-26 miles

Day 3

After breaking down camp and moving everyone’s cars to the end of the trail, we will shuttle up into the mountains for your last day of riding. 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! A great end to three days in the McKenzie section.

Mileage: 22 – 28 miles
Climbing: +/- 2,800 feet
Descending: +/- 6,000 feet

Oakridge 2016 Dates:

  • May 13-15
  • June 10-12
  • July 1-3
  • August  1-3
  • October 10-12

Start Location:

Meet us at Cog Wild Headquarters at 9:00am or at Black Canyon campground at 11:00am. Contact us for details.

Riding Distance

50 – 75 miles over the three-day vacation.

Elevation

1,200-6,500 feet

Prep Day

Unless the food provisioning add-on is selected ($100pp), you’ll need to meet your Cog Wild chaperone the night prior to your tour’s start date to shop for food. We will pre-arrange a time for you to meet your guide at our office, where there is a Safeway just across the street. We’ll be ready with coolers and bins for overnight storage and transport.

Day 1

After going over the many options, we’ll get right on the trails by either riding from camp or taking a shuttle or two. Expect some steep climbs, heavenly forested traverses, tight switchbacks, and brake searing descents leading you back to camp. Your guide will show you the camp kitchen for everyone to cook their own meals to be enjoyed with a round of Deschutes Brewery beers or opt for a short drive to Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge for dinner.

Mileage: 12-20 miles.

Day 2

The second day takes you to the crown jewel in the Oakridge castle of gems—Alpine Trail. We will discuss the many options and lengths for this ride: You can shuttle it, loop it, or add more to it to get over a 30-mile ride, if desired. We’ll designate a local swimming hole or drinking spot as our meeting destination to end your ride. After being shuttled back to camp, you can cook up your dinner or hit another local establishment in Oakridge for nourishment. We’ll get the campfire going to end the evening under the stars.

Mileage: 20-35 miles

Day 3

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. We’ll start the day by breaking down camp and moving cars to the end of the trail in case you need to hit the road once the ride is over. Those who drove with Cog Wild from Bend will enjoy relaxing in the van on our return drive.

Mileage: Varies

Umpqua 2016 Dates:

  • June 3-5
  • July 22-24
  • August 12-14
  • September 25-27

Start Location:

Meet us at Cog Wild Headquarters at 8:00am or at Horseshoe Bend campground at 11:00am. Contact us for details.

Riding Distance

56 – 75 miles

Elevation

2,000-4,000 feet

Prep Day

Unless the food provisioning add-on is selected ($100pp), you’ll need to meet your Cog Wild chaperone the night prior to your tour’s start date to shop for food. We will pre-arrange a time for you to meet your guide at our office, where there is a Safeway just across the street. We’ll be ready with coolers and bins for overnight storage and transport.

Day One 

We’ll start with a map talk before riding straight from camp. Today’s trail will include fast sections before climbing up to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the river canyon. From this high point, you will be rewarded with a long, continuous downhill back to the river. After the ride, we’ll enjoy our cooler full of cold Deschutes Brewery beer at our favorite swimming hole to cool off. Back at camp everyone will cook their own dinners since there are no restaurant options nearby.

Mileage: 18 – 25 miles

Day Two 

After your breakfast, we’ll jump in the shuttle rig to the start of our ride. Today’s ride will include a little more climbing than day one but the scenery will make it all worth it. Our ride will finish descending smooth, flowing singletrack to an old growth forest right back to camp. After dinner there can be an option to visit the hot springs up the road, or to relax around the campfire in camp.

Mileage: 19 – 28 miles

Day Three 

After packing up camp and moving vehicles to the top section of the trail, you’ll enjoy the most popular section of the trail. Our journey starts above Lemolo Lake, at the very top of the North Umpqua River Trail. Within the first mile we’ll check out the 102-foot high Lemolo Falls. “Lemolo” means “wild” or “untamed” in the Native Chinook language, and you’ll discover this namesake as we continue down the rugged canyon. We’ll follow the North Umpqua River along steep forested slopes and over tight rocky stream crossings, past the weeping wall of basalt rock, to our destination at Toketee Lake. The trail includes rollers and banks for those looking for some bonus airtime. By the end of the day you will have the satisfaction of completing one of the best rides in the country!

Mileage: 19 – 26 miles