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The MRT is a great trail to shuttle, enabling riders to experience the entire 26 miles of this very scenic and popular trail in one go. With only 1,500 feet of total elevation loss, this “down river” cross country trail is extremely technical and for intermediate-to-advanced riders only. This is a very full all-day ride.

This is a non-guided shuttle. Riders need to be self-sufficient in navigating the route and carry enough supplies for the day. Cog Wild’s MRT Shuttle is a full-day affair.

AUGUST 11: Bike touring and looking for an Oakridge/Bend shuttle? August 11 offering Bend to Oakridge shuttle or Oakridge to Bend! Call 541 385 7002 for more details.

THIS SHUTTLE INCLUDES:

  • Self-guided mountain biking on the McKenzie River Trail.
  • Transportation to and from Bend.
  • Drop-off and pick-up at starting and ending points on the MRT.
  • Cooler filled with post ride beers provided by Deschutes Brewery! There will be room to keep your post ride snacks cool. Snacks and other beverages are not included.

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Overview

LOCATION
McKenzie River Trail
DURATION
1 Day
TECHNICAL LEVEL
5 - 8
FITNESS LEVEL
5 - 8
Tour Style
Shuttle
Tour Size
11 guests

STARTING PRICE
$75
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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.

Dates:

Every Monday and Thursday. Custom private shuttles are available almost anytime for groups of 6 or more.

Times:

Start time and location: 8:00am in Bend. Guests have 5 hours to complete the ride. We will return to Bend, 5pm or later.

Start Location:

Cog Wild Headquarters, Bend

Price:

$75 per person, with a 5 person minimum, or the cost of 5 people.

Help fill your shuttle by calling in advance to confirm your preferred date. Once booked, Cog Wild will promote any trips under the minimum to ensure the trip goes out. 95% of reserved shuttles go.

MRT Shuttle Cancellation Policy:

If we can’t get other riders to book a specific shuttle date, and the original party does not want to pay the minimum price (for 5 people), there is no cancellation fee. If we have a confirmed shuttle with enough people, then there is a cancellation fee of $25 (up to 48 hours prior) and 100% (within 48 hours.)

*Price does not include bike rental. See our bike rental page for more information.

Riding Distance

Up to 26 miles. For less-experienced riders, lower drop points are available to make for a shorter ride.

Elevation

1,000 feet of climbing.
1,500 feet of descending.

Level

Intermediate to Advanced.

Terrain & Trails

This is a technical trail that includes sharp lava rock, wet roots, creek crossings, and steep ups and downs. The trail has many flat sections – prepare to do a lot of pedaling!

Recommended Clothing & Gear

Riders need to be self-sufficient, able to deal with mechanical issues and have enough water, food and supplies for a full day ride. We recommend the following minimum: first aid kit, patch kit, tubes, multi-tool, on-trail food, post-ride food, and a change of clothing for after the ride. Cog Wild will provide a cooler for your post-ride food and drinks. We will also bring Deschutes Brewery beer for you to enjoy after the ride. We will stop at the Sisters Bakery on our way in the morning. (Cash only, no cards accepted.)

It is 1.5 hours back to Bend, so we highly recommend having post-ride food for the drive back. Bring a MRT map if you have one, or maps will be available for purchase from Cog Wild ($8 – $12).

Can I rent a bike for the MRT?

Yes, Cog Wild can help with rentals – contact us for details.

Is this a guided ride?

No, it is not. We are only permitted to shuttle you to the McKenzie River Trail. You will be dropped at the trailhead and picked up again at the bottom of the trail.

We are new to mountain biking and want to ride the McKenzie Trail. Is this a good idea?

Many people are interested in riding the MRT because of its beauty, but it is not a suitable ride for beginners. We don’t recommend it.