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Do you dream about technical singletrack with sublime views overlooking a pristine river canyon? Our Umpqua River Trail Camping Tour is your ticket. The North Umpqua Trail, which we affectionately call 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 and rocks, numerous stream crossings and miles of ultra-fun riding.

Oh, did we mention the hanging gardens of ferns and moss, the migrating Chinook salmon, the waterfalls and hot springs? You’ll get all of this and more on this tour. Every day of this tour is a point-to-point ride, so you see 100% new trail each day.

We’ll shuttle you back to our campsite every night for cold beer, hearty meals and campfire stories. The Umpqua River area is a recreational paradise, with opportunity for rafting, kayaking, fishing and hiking.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 3 days of mountain biking on the Umpqua River Trail.
  • Local, expert and caring guides.
  • Transportation from Bend at the start and end of the tour.
  • Local transportation during the tour.
  • Three nights of camping.
  • Meals included from dinner the first night to lunch on the last day as well as trail side snacks
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Crater Lake Spirits, Humm Kombucha, and Thump Coffee
  • Cog Wild t-shirt.
  • Cog Wild patch

Cog Wild operates under special use permit from the Umpqua National Forest & Cog Wild is an equal opportunity recreation provider

Trip Overview

LOCATION
North Umpqua River Trail
DURATION
3 Days
SKILL LEVEL
4 - 7
FITNESS LEVEL
4 - 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:

August 16-19

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 in Bend at 5:00pm or at Horseshoe Bend Campground on the North Umpqua at that evening. Contact us for details.

Price:

$875 per person

*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 fishing or rafting trips on the river.
  • 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!

Cancellation Policy:

Cog Wild follows the below policy for every multi-day tour guest:

• 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.

Riding Distance

56+ miles over the 3-day tour.

Elevation

2,000 – 4,000 feet

Rider Level

Strong intermediate to advanced. This trail includes many technical sections and steep climbs.

Terrain & Trails

While this is a “river trail”, it is anything but flat. The mileage, at first glance, will not seem like much, but expect full days in the saddle. Expect climbing, descending, tight switchbacks, exposed sections and numerous technical mountain biking features. The scenery includes amazing river canyon views with clear creeks, lush forests, and steep hillsides.

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. 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!

*There is poison oak on the sides of the trail on at least 2 of the 3 days of riding on the Umpqua. Bring precautionary measures or extra-clothing if you are sensitive to poison oak.

Day Zero

We’ll meet in Bend at Cog Wild Headquarters. We’ll load up all your gear, jump in the van and head south, stopping long the way for dinner. Once we arrive in the Umpqua region, we will set up camp and settle in for the night. You can see the trail on the other side of the river from the campground!

Day One 

We’ll start off the tour with a ride from our campsite at Horseshoe Bend on some of the fastest, smoothest trail of the trip. At first, the trail contours up and away from the river to a viewpoint high up in the river canyon. Keep an eye out for soaring raptors such as eagles, osprey and peregrine falcons. From this high point, you will be rewarded with a long, continuous downhill back to the river. After the ride, we’ll visit a favorite swimming hole to cool off. Then relax at camp with a cooler full of cold Deschutes Brewery beer while the guides prepare a delicious dinner to get you ready for tomorrow!

Mileage: 18 – 25 miles

Day Two 

Today’s ride takes us through some of the most spectacular country in Oregon. As we continue downriver, you may see some migrating Chinook salmon and Steelhead heading up river to spawn. We’ll climb more today than on the previous day, but the pay off will be descending smooth, flowing singletrack to an old growth forest. Evening activities may include a soak in the hot springs, or a swim in the North Umpqua River.

Mileage: 19 – 28 miles

Day Three 

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