Any kind of rider! Our tours are designed for all levels, from beginner to expert level mountain bikers. When taking your reservation, we will ask about your riding ability and use this information to place you on the right tour for you. Please use this guide to help choose which category you fit into:
Kid: children from age 7 to 12. Kids should be comfortable on a bike for up to 2 hours.
Beginner: Beginners include anyone who doesn’t ride a mountain bike often, prefers to ride gravel roads or very gentle paths and trails, and is able to be on the bike for an average of two hours. Age 13 to adult.
Advanced Beginner: An Advanced Beginner rider has mountain biked a few times on flat or very gentle hills and non-technical terrain.
Intermediate: Intermediate riders include anyone who rides fairly often and is relatively fit, comfortable on single track or steeper roads, and is able to be on the bike for up to four hours. Age 13 to adult.
Advanced Intermediate: Advanced Intermediate riders can be on the bike for up to 6 hours. They are very comfortable on most singletrack trails with climbing and descending and some technical features.
Advanced: Advanced riders are those who ride mountain bikes often, are able to ride 50 to 100 miles per week, can handle technical single track and are able to be on the bike for up to eight hours. Age 16 and older only.
Expert: Expert riders are those riders that want to chase and keep up with the guide! They ride several times a week with a lot of mileage and have excellent technical skills.
Every day and tour is different. Depending on your riding level, we’ll design a specific tour that includes some of our favorite trails. The selection can include family friendly routes in the Phil’s Trail network to more technical options in the Wanoga Trail network, or alpine trails in the summer accessed high country. Some of our favorite trails are Whoops Trail (maintained by Cog Wild’s owner Lev), Tiddlywinks, Tyler’s Traverse, Flagline, North Fork, Mrazek, Ben’s, Phil’s, COD, KGB, Storm King, Funner and Metolius Windigo. Yeah, just a few…
Yes, we rent bikes to clients who join our tours. We offer front and full suspension mountain bike rentals for our summer tours and fat bikes for our winter tours. Rentals include a water bottle and a helmet. Front suspension bikes are $50 and full suspension bikes are $70.
If you want to rent a bike for a shuttle or for your entire visit to Bend please refer to our Vacation Planning Page for local bike shops.
Cog Wild operates daily tours, skills clinics and shuttles in Bend and Oakridge. In Bend our season usually runs from mid April through November, depending on the weather.
In Oakridge we operate from May through the end of October.
We run winter fat bike tours in Bend!
The length of the ride depends on the riders in the group and whether you are on a half-day or full day tour. Tours vary from 3 mile long family outings to long 40+ mile epics for the hard core rider! Let us know what you want!
In Central Oregon, spring and fall are typically pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from the low fifties to high seventies and nighttime temperatures dropping into the thirties. However, we do experience unpredictable mountain weather at times that can bring colder temperatures and moisture. In the summer, you can expect temperatures ranging from high seventies to low nineties, with evening thunder showers to dampen the trails.
Closed toed shoes, polypropylene or light-weight, moisture wicking wool shirts, biking specific gloves, and bike shorts or regular shorts are recommended. Be prepared for the occasional Central Oregon weather change by bringing a light rain jacket or warmer top layer. Jeans and non-athletic shoes are not recommended. Helmets are required and are provided with all rental bikes.
Lunch is provided for full day tours and skills clinics and includes a hearty sandwich from a local bakery, fruit, Picky Bars and other assorted goodies.
Half day tours and skills clinics include snacks like Picky Bars and other assorted goodies.
Multi-day tours will have different meals each day consisting of picnic lunches, BBQ, fajitas, pasta and other scrumptious surprises. We can accommodate all dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten or dairy free.
All tours conclude with complementary beverages featuring beer from Deschutes Brewery and kombucha from Humm.
Single day and multi-day tours average between three to eight cyclists, with a maximum of twelve. Our Baja Vacation is limited to 14 guests.
Cog Wild has been actively operating in Bend for 15 seasons and in Oakridge for 5 seasons.
We are mountain bikers: our staff is passionate about riding bikes and the public lands on which we recreate.
We are professional: In addition to our robust annual guide and coach trainings, many of our guides maintain a Wilderness First Responder certification. Some are Wilderness EMTs. Our coaches are certified by the Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association.
We are part of the community: Our staff and employees volunteer hundreds of hours to build and maintain trails on the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests. By coming on tour with us, you support our local trail system.
The two choices are to meet us in Bend or meet us at the start location of the tour. Depending on what tour you are interested in, we can help provide information about getting to the start of the tour. Check out our vacation planning page for more information.
*Please note that North Bend, Oregon is NOT the same as Bend, Oregon! Be sure you fly into the Bend/Redmond (RDM) Airport!
Absolutely! Gift Certificates can be customized to any price or tour. Purchase a gift certificate for as many riders as you desire!
We realize guests occasionally have to cancel a reservation. Cog Wild tries to accommodate as many situations as possible; but we follow our cancellation policy to protect our ability to run tours and to maintain our price structures. We recommend purchasing travel insurance (www.travelguard.com) to protect your investment. Please review our cancellation policies below:
One-Day Tours & Shuttles:
Cancellations received at least 48 hours prior to the tour date will be charged a $25 per person processing fee. Any cancellations received within 48 hours of tour date or no-shows are not eligible for a refund. Tours go rain or shine. Weather is not a reason to cancel a tour.
The below policy is followed 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. If we are able to re-sell your spot on a tour, we will refund you the full tour amount minus $75 handling fee.
Private Group Day Tours:
A non-refundable 50% booking deposit or credit card number must be received at time of booking.
A final guarantee of guests must be received 4 days prior to the tour.
Cancellations received in less than 4 days to the start of the tour forfeits 100% of guests tour price.
Group tours go rain, snow or shine. Alternative routes will be designed if necessary.