Winter Fat Bike Tours

Now that the trails are buried we can ride fat bikes!

Bundle up with us to experience the crisp, clean winter air and the beauty of the snow-covered Cascade Mountains on a fat bike. Routes are determined by the snow conditions so give us a call to talk about which areas are riding well for a tour.

November Update

What a beautiful November! One day we’re skinning to the top of Mt. Bachelor to ski powder and the next day we’re riding through golden fall foliage and foraging for chanterelles in Oakridge. Life is good.

Shoulder season tends to feel a bit awkward and there is so much to do besides riding bikes. How about live music at the Three Legged Crane Pub or First Friday Art Walks in Oakridge? It’s a little cold for mushroom foraging but go look anyway, you may get lucky like we did last week.

Bend is always a good time; try something besides outdoor sports and brew pubs. Maximize the long nights and take in the stars at Pine Mountain Observatory or the Oregon Observatory. There is plenty of dark sky around here, drive 15 miles east or west of town for an evening of star gazing. NASA puts out a fun little video about what’s up in the night sky each month, check it out then go outside and see if you can find what they are talking about.

This newsletter has information about shoulder season operations in Oakridge, fat biking in Bend and as always, an invitation to work on trails. Thanks for reading!

Operations Continue in Oakridge

We’re working with our USFS partners to extend operations into the winter and will be open during extended dry periods. Despite last week’s atmospheric river, the low elevation trails are still dry so we’re clear to operate. Guides and coaches are available for late season rides and clinics and shuttles will run on the low elevation trails close to town. Drivers are available for private group shuttles too.

The schedule below is open for booking one week at a time. We’ll add more days if the weather continues to be dry enough for us to ride with out damaging the trails.

10:30 AM Dead Mountain
12:30 PM Dead Mountain
2:30 PM Larison Rock

Cog Wild in the Community

Last weekend a motivated and talented crew of Cog Wild employees and OROR locals tackled some drainage projects on Alpine. It was fun to be in the beautiful fall light and to grill out in the woods.

Here’s another chance to work on trails and be a part of the Oakridge mountain bike community: Alpine Trail Crew Association, MBO and Disciples of Dirt are teaming up for an Alpine Dip and Drain Ride and Hike on Sunday, November 20, 2022. The more the merrier! Meet at the Office Covered Bridge/ Portal Park at 9AM. Please bring a pack with warm layers, GLOVES (bring extras if you have them), and water. It is going to be cold, and possibly wet – please wear synthetic or wool socks and water resistant/proof clothing. We also recommend leaving a set of dry clothes and shoes in your car for afterwards. Tools, hand warmers, hard hats and a post work hot meal will be provided.

October Update

The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp and winter is coming. As the season winds down we make time to get out of the office and onto the trail. This month we’re excited for more adventure rides, after school sessions with the juniors and progression sessions with adults who are committed to become better riders.

We’re going strong in Bend and cautiously optimistic that we’ll get a few good weeks in Oakridge as containment grows on the Cedar Creek Fire. The front country trails that we access for Oakridge shuttles are open and undamaged from the recent fire. We’ll run a limited daily shuttle schedule as the AQI permits, look for updates on our website.

Fall Adventures in Bend

The trails in the high country are absolutely beautiful right now, here’s some adventure options for high country rides with big views and long descents.

Dutchman to Sisters Shuttle: Drop a car in Sisters, take the shuttle to Dutchman Flat to ride Met Win, Trail 99 and the Peterson Ridge Trails into Sisters. Take in huge views of the Cascade Mountains and immerse yourself in fire ecology as you move through the remnants of the Pole Creek Burn. The shuttle runs on Fridays: October 7 and 14 and Saturday 10/15.

Newberry Caldera Shuttle has been a hit the past few weeks and folks have requested this shuttle on a weekend. Get after it on Saturday, October 8.

Dutchman Shuttles: our daily shuttle drops riders near the Cascade Crest to ride a variety of big routes back to Bend: circumnavigate Mt. Bachelor or take Flagline to Southfork or ride Met Win to Mrazek.

If you are traveling and need a place to stay here’s a lodging discount: Use the code COGWILD22 for 20% off the best available rate for accommodations at LOGE Bend. Offer valid on new reservations only and subject to availability.

Book an Adventure Shuttle

Invest in your self

Join a final round of skills sessions in Bend this month so you can practice your new skills over the winter and be ready to shred in the spring.

Jumping for Oldies, our popular two day jump sessions with Coach Erika, has a second fall run: October 5 and 12.

Ladies Progression Rides continue with this glorious fall weather, the final ride is this Thursday, October 6.

Progression Session is on for Saturday mornings October 8, 15 and 22. Join a cohort of like minded learners for three sessions designed to make you a more stable and confident rider.

Are you interested in getting certified to teach mountain biking? Lev is teaching two sessions of the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Level 1 course in early October. Three spots left!

Join a fall skills session

Cog Wild in the Community

Empowering Women Through Adventure Lecture Series:

Please join SheJumps, AdventurUs Women, and Crow’s Feet for the first annual Bend Women’s Speaker Series – “Empowering Women Through Adventure” on the second Wednesday of each month at Embark Coworking Space.The lecture series begins this month and goes through April, when Cog Wild’s own Kirin Stryker will talk about life on two wheels. Come support the speakers, learn something new and connect with the outdoor community.

The series begins on October 12 with Dawn Rae Knoth, bikepacker extraordinaire, with “Bikepacking 101: How to Start + Love Adventuring by Bike”. Entry is free and complimentary beverages will be provided by Crow’s Feet, 10 Barrel Brewing and Montucky Cold Snacks. Sign up at www.adventuruswomen.com!

Trail work opportunities:

Alpine Trail Crew Association is Putting Alpine to Bed this Saturday, October 8. Find out more and sign up via their Facebook Page.

Central Oregon Trail Alliance is celebrating their 30th Anniversary with a special Fall Trail Love work event on Saturday, October 15 and you are invited. RSVP here.

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