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New for 2016 is our four-day Oakridge and North Umpqua camping trip, giving riders a full tour of even more—yes, even more—trails in the western Cascades.

The beauty about this tour is that we get to ride the popular Alpine Trail in Westfir and but also spend a day deeper in the backcountry, exploring the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, south of Oakridge. This area is home to rugged singletrack with screamers such as Moon Point, the Middle Fork Trail, and the infamous Sawtooth struggle—a full day of mountain biking with the option of bagging two peaks along the way. These trails are loved by locals, but aren’t as well known, giving you an opportunity to experience unique and little known Oregon mountain biking.

After two days of solid riding in the Oakridge area, we’ll drive over to the designated Wild and Scenic North Umpqua River to ride the best sections of the North Umpqua Trail—affectionately called the “NUT”. The NUT is a 79-mile long trail that has been designated as one of the International Mountain Bike Association’s (IMBA) “Epic Rides”. For good reason—it includes big climbs, long descents, technical roots, rocks, numerous stream crossings and miles of fun and challenging riding.

Oh did we mention the hanging gardens of ferns and moss, the migrating Chinook salmon, the waterfalls and hot springs? We’ll see all that too.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 4 days of mountain biking. 2 days in Oakridge and 2 days on the Umpqua
  • 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. Two nights near Oakridge, one night on the Umpqua.
  • Meals: All meals are included from lunch on day one to lunch on the last day as well as on-trail snacks. This includes one 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
North Umpqua River Trail, Oakridge
DURATION
4 Days
SKILL LEVEL
5 - 9
FITNESS LEVEL
5 - 9
Tour Style
Camping, Tour
Tour Size
12 guest maximum
STARTING PRICE
$810
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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:

  • June 20-23
  • July 18-21
  • August 15-18
  • September 17-20
  • October 3-6

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

Price:

*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 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

78-119 miles over the 4 day tour

Elevation

3,200-10,500 feet

Rider Level

Strong intermediate to advanced. Riders should be physically fit and have various experience and skill with sustained climbs, steep descents and technical features.

Terrain & Trails

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 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 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

All tour guests will meet in Bend and we’ll drive over to Oakridge that morning. Our first ride will be on the beloved Alpine Trail, ending at the red covered bridge in Westfir. Alpine Trail includes sections such as Chrome Toilet, Jedi Forest, and Windy Pass and includes steep climbs, forested traverses, tight switchbacks, wildflower meadows and brake searing descents that will have you grinning. We’ll hit the local brewpub, Brewers Union Local 180, to rub shoulders with the local trail builders and enjoy and English style ale, then back at camp for a good nights sleep under the stars.

Mileage: 20-35

 

Day 2

Wake up to a hearty breakfast prepared by the guides, then head to the Middle Fork of the Willamette River area. We have many options for riding today, all of which are deep in the mountains south of Oakridge. Depending on the group, we can select from a variety of rides, from a technical river trail to a high alpine loop that includes two significant peaks. We’ll finish the day by jumping into the river to cool off and refresh ourselves. Your guides will cook another dinner feast while you relax and enjoy cold beer.

Mileage: varies, around 20-30

 

Day 3

We’re on the move as we pack up and drive over to the North Umpqua River. Today’s ride might include the famous “Dread and Terror” section. 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! We may hit some hot springs that evening before heading back to camp for dinner and some much needed shut-eye.

Mileage: 19-26

 

Day 4

The North Umpqua Trail is a 79-mile long trail, so we have lots of options 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.

Mileage: 19-28