Ride and Dig

A Regenerative Mountain Biking Experience

This three day mountain bike adventure combines guided rides with trail work to promote sustainable trails and enhance recreational opportunities for others.

A partnership between Cog Wild, COTA, VisitBend and LOGE.

Experienced guides from Cog Wild will select appropriate routes for you to explore & enjoy the amazing mountain bike trails around Bend. Then leaders from the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) will explain and lead discussions about trail design, our unique high desert ecosystem, sustainable forestry, and stewardship of our recreational resources.

Our trails are built and maintained by volunteers — thank you for your interest in supporting sustainable trails in Central Oregon!

  • May 20 – 22, Friday through Sunday
  • Three days on the trail: ride, trail work, ride
  • Includes an annual membership to COTA
  • Discounted rate available at LOGE Camps for visitors
  • Santa Cruz bike rentals available for an additional fee

Pricing

  • $240 for all three days
  • Lodging special:
    • $210 per night for a room at LOGE Camps Bend
    • Up to 2 people per room
    • Add during checkout to receive this discounted rate

Friday

  • Meet at 8:30 at Cog Wild for a full-day guided ride with shuttle.
  • Includes lunch, snacks and refreshment
  • Post ride happy hour at Cog Wild to meet your crew leader to plan Saturday’s work party

Saturday

  • Trail work from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Includes snacks on the trail, then post-work lunch & beverages back at Cog Wild
  • Free afternoon to explore Bend

IMPORTANT Trail Work Info

You will get DIRTY! Wear appropriate work clothes – long pants and closed toe shoes (work boots preferred). We provide work gloves, hard hat (required to be worn at all times by USFS), and tools.

Sunday

  • Full-day guided ride with shuttle, lunch, snacks
  • Debrief and celebrate!

Mountain Bike Skills Instruction in Oakridge

Cog Wild’s professional mountain bike coaches are trained to help you become a more confident, safer, and skilled rider. Oakridge has great terrain for skill building.

Our scheduled group clinics are great ways to learn fundamentals or push your flow and technical skills, while private lessons are also available daily for individuals or your own small group.

Find A Skills Session

Fundamental Skills ClinicFlow ClinicDownhill ClinicE-Bike ClinicPrivate SkillsMeet our Coaches

Fundamental Skills Clinic

Get down with the fundamentals of mountain biking from a PMBI certified instructor. Recent converts and long time mountain bikers can benefit from a skills clinic.

  • For new riders, seniors, families, and long time riders who want to build better riding habits 🙂
  • Skills will be introduced and developed through drills and games during trail riding
  • Meets at Cog Wild
  • 9:00 AM to 3 PM
  • Includes lunch, snack, Cog Wild water bottle, post clinic beverages and transportation during the clinic.
  • June 5, Sunday
  • July 2, Saturday
  • August 27, Saturday
  • September 11, Sunday
  • $145 per person for one full day of instruction

Flow Clinic

Flow trails are more fun when you feel confident in the corners, can carry momentum and know the fundamentals of riding berms, rollers and jumps.

  • For intermediate & experienced riders ready to improve flow with a focus on cornering technique and jumping.
  • Meets at Cog Wild
  • 9:00 AM to 3 PM
  • Includes lunch, snack, Cog Wild water bottle, post clinic beverages and transportation during the clinic.
  • May 8, Sunday
  • July 9, Saturday
  • August 28, Sunday
  • September 10, Saturday
  • $145 per person for one full day of instruction

Downhill Clinic

Dive into the nuances of riding with speed. Gain confidence to ride faster in technical situations, down fast flow trail and through tight switchbacks. 

  • For intermediate and advanced riders ready to progress their skill and confidence.
  • Session rock features, switchbacks and other obstacles on the way down the trail
  • Detailed, personalized feedback
  • Meet at Cog Wild
  • July 8th: 9 AM to 3 PM Lawler
  • August 12: 8:15 to 2:15 Moon Point
  • Includes lunch, snack, Cog Wild water bottle, post clinic beverages and transportation during the clinic.
  • July 8th, Friday Lawler
  • August 12th, Friday Moon Point
  • $145 for one full day of instruction

E Bike Skills Clinic

E-bikes are similar to regular bikes, but with their extra weight and some extra pedal power, they require unique techniques.

  • For beginner and intermediate e-bike riders.
  • Learn the fundamentals of e-bike riding including bike setup, uphill riding, descending and cornering.
  • Meet at Cog Wild at 9:00am
  • Lunch, snack, a Cog Wild water bottle and post clinic beverages
  • May 14th, Saturday
  • July 3rd, Sunday
  • $145 for one full day of instruction

Private Skills Lessons

Mountain biking becomes more fun as skill improves; take a private lesson with one of our PMBI certified coaches. Choose from full or half day options for individuals and small private groups.

Our coaches have experience instructing all skill levels. Lessons focus on what the client needs, which typically includes fundamental skills or advanced skills such as technical trail riding, jumps and high speed cornering.

Choose 10:30 am or 12:30 pm start time. Typical duration is up to 3.5 hours.

  • 1 person – $200
  • 2 people – $150 per person
  • 3 people – $115 per person
  • 4+ people – $100 per person
  • Includes snacks, Cog Wild water bottle, transportation during the lesson and post lesson cold beverages.

9:00 start time with a duration of at least 5 hours.

  • 1 person – $275
  • 2 people – $200 per person
  • 3 people – $150 per person
  • 4+ people – $125 per person
  • Includes lunch, snacks, Cog Wild water bottle, transportation during the lesson and post lesson cold beverages.

Oakridge Mountain Bike Coaches

Eugene Cathcart

Eugene is a long time Oakridge rider and loves to ride all kinds of bikes from gravel to e-bikes. He is a talented rider and has competed in cross country, endurance events, enduro races and loves to share his passion for mountain biking with riders of all levels, including the Oakridge NICA composite team.

Qualifications

  • PMBI Level 1 Instructor
  • NICA Level 2 coach
  • Wilderness First Aid certified

Lev Stryker

Lev is Cog Wild’s head skills coach. Lev loves going fast downhill, and as a high level skills coach, he can break down the nitty gritty of becoming a faster/smoother rider.

Qualifications

  • PMBI Level 2 Instructor
  • PMBI Level 1 Coach Course Conductor
  • Wilderness First Aid certified

Dennis Sibilia Young

A major passion for Dennis is introducing people to mountain bike skills-and introducing them to the joy of riding Oakridge trails. His focus is on fundamentals and intermediate skills for new riders, families and seniors.

Qualifications

  • PMBI Level 1 Instructor
  • NICA Level 3 coach and National Trainer
  • Wilderness First Aid certified

Wade Beauchamp

Wade AKA Vulture is a legend in mountain biking. He is a kind and gentle individual who will help you discover a passion for riding bikes in beautiful places

Qualifications

  • PMBI Level 1 Instructor
  • Wilderness First Aid certified

FAQ

Can I use my own bike?

Yes! Your own mountain bike is best because you are used to it, but we can get you a mountain bike if needed.

I have been riding for a long time, what can you teach me?

Our coaches have lots of experience with all skill levels. For more advanced riders, we can work on technical trail riding, jumps and high speed cornering.

I would like more than a one-day clinic. Do you offer anything?

We recommend doing more than one skills clinic or add day tours to enhance your riding experience. If you are in town for a few weeks, check out our skills progression sessions.

Oakridge Guided Rides

Guided rides with Cog Wild are a great way to get some epic riding and an insiders view of this bucket list mountain bike destination.

With a shuttle assisted guided ride, we figure out the logistics and take you to the goods; you spend less time grinding up, and more time shredding down. Ride the classic trails: Alpine, Dead Mountain, Hardesty and Lawler, and some of the lesser known gems including Timpanogas, Moon Point, Bunchgrass, Grasshopper, Tire Mountain, Cloverpatch and Eula.

Guided Ride Options:

Coming to Oakridge with a crew? Book a van and guide for a full or half day. Traveling solo? Consider a guided ride on Alpine or Dead Mountain. If you have something else in mind, drop us a line, we’re here to fuel the stoke.

Van and Guide for a Full Day

  • For your crew up to 12 riders. Best suited for fit intermediate to expert riders
  • Up to 8 hours — ride all the goods!
  • Full sag & logistical support with an experienced guide and driver. Ride all the regular shuttle routes around Oakridge or go for an adventure near Timpanogas, Middle Fork, Moon Point or Grasshopper.
  • $1200 per group

Van and Guide for a Half Day

  • For your crew up to 12 riders. Best suited for fit intermediate to expert riders
  • Up to 4 hours
  • Full sag & logistical support with an experienced guide and driver. Ride the regular shuttles routes around Oakridge or have a guide show you Bunchgrass, Eula, Sawtooth and other gems.
  • $745 per group

Dead Mountain Guided Ride

  • Ride with a guide for a shuttle on Dead Mountain. For individuals up to groups of 4. Best suited for lower intermediate to advanced riders, open to the public.
  • 3 hours
  • Come ride our classic flow trail that descends 2750′ over 8 miles back into Oakridge.
  • Solo rider $149, or $79 per person for 2 – 4 riders

Alpine Trail Guided Ride

  • Ride with a guide for a shuttle on Alpine Trail. For individuals up to groups of 4. Best suited for strong intermediate to advanced riders, open to the public.
  • 2 – 4 hours.
  • Enjoy the quintessential Oakridge trail with a local guide. Expect deep dark forests, open meadows with expansive views and the screaming fast descents.
  • Solo rider $175, or $90 per person for 2 – 4 riders.

What to Expect

Rider Level

Experienced beginner to expert options. The variety of trails offers something for riders of all skill levels.

Terrain & Trails

Narrow, fast, slow, smooth, rocky, rooty, steep and beautiful describe all the trails in Oakridge. You’ll ride through a wide variety of ecosystems and habitats – granddaddy old-growth stands, second growth Doug Firs, recent clear cuts, giant ferns, wildflower filled meadows, cold creek crossings, log bridges, exposure and rock outcroppings.

Recommended Clothing & Gear

  • Hydration pack or backpack for carrying water, extra food and clothing. Bring a rain shell if rain is forecasted.
  • Helmets are required for all rides.

Be ready to share the following information upon booking:

During the reservation process please be ready to share the following for each rider:

  • Age of minors
  • Each rider’s mountain bike skill land fitness levels: beginner, intermediate or advanced and any additional details you would like your guide to know about you & your group.
  • Allergies, dietary or medical restrictions.

Bike Rentals

The Willamette Mountain Mercantile rents Santa Cruz and Ibis bicycles. Check out their website or call 541-782-1800. Please check that they have a rental bike available for the day you’d like before booking a guided ride.

Guided Rides in Bend

There are so many reasons to ride with a guide:

  • Camaraderie
  • Safety and mechanical support
  • Insider’s view of the trail system
  • Suggestions on routes and trails as you go

Guided rides include a shuttle so you can have a mostly downhill ride back to our office. We provide snacks including Picky Bars, and post ride beverages from Deschutes Brewery, Polar Seltzer and Humm Kombucha.

Demo bikes from Santa Cruz and Ibis are available to rent and come with helmets and gloves.

Full day rides also include a seriously good sandwich from Nancy P’s Bakery.

E-Bikes are Not Permitted on the Deschutes National Forest

The Deschutes National Forest does not allow e-bikes on the non-motorized trails. This includes the vast majority of mountain biking trails that we guide and shuttle.

Winter Fat Biking

Explore through the woods or ride the groomed trails at Wanoga.

Winter Fat Biking Details
Bend Oregon mountain bike tours

Full Day Guided Ride

Best for experienced riders who enjoy multiple hours on the trail. Ride from the high country back to our headquarters. Explore more terrain and enjoy lunch on the trail with your guide. Time on trail is approximately 4 – 6 hours.

Full Day Guided Ride

Half Day Guided Ride

This is a great introduction to mountain biking in Bend. Great choice for all skill levels. Our guides select a route based on your skill, interest and fitness to maximize flow on the trail. Time on trail is approximately 3 hours.

Half Day Guided Ride

Family Tour

Ride together with support from an experienced guide.

Family Tour

Custom Groups & Adventures

For larger groups, splits in ability, multi-day adventures — we can provide the guides and shuttles to ensure everyone has a great time.

Adventures

Skills Instruction

Mountain bike skills lessons for all abilities. Our PMBI Certified Guides are experts at teaching you or your group the basics of mountain biking or helping you take your riding to the next level.

Skills Instruction INFO

Ride & Dig

A Regenerative Mountain Biking Experience

This three day mountain bike adventure combines guided rides with trail work to promote sustainable trails and enhance recreational opportunities for others.

Ride & Dig Experience

Weather

Central Oregon weather can vary and change quickly. Check the weather prior to riding in Bend so that you can dress appropriately. “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!”

National Weather Service for Bend
Monthly Averages for Central Oregon Weather

FAQ

I have already done the Bachelor to Bend tour? Should I do it again?

Yes! There are several different ways to ride from Mt. Bachelor to Bend, and we can take you on a different route each time, with few trail repeats. This means that you will see new trails each time.

My friends and I want to do this tour together, but some of us ride faster/slower than the rest of the group. Is this a problem?

Not at all! The trails in Bend are not very technical, which is what slows most people down in other places. Once we have details about all the riders we will choose a route that will help keep everyone together. Depending on the size of the group, we will have more than one guide to allow everyone to be able to ride at their own pace without getting too far ahead or left behind.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, of course! If you are traveling with your mountain bike, we ask that it is in good working order. Hard tails, full suspension, 27” and 29er bikes are all appropriate for our trails.

How much water should I have with me?

Cog Wild will provide each rider with one water bottle for you to keep after the ride. However, we recommend carrying at least a few water bottles or a full hydration bladder for your full day ride. There is not a place to refill water along the trail, so you will need to start the ride with all of your water for the day.

Youth Rides & Junior Teams

Cascadia Junior Cycling

Check out the many great experiences for youth and juniors through Cascadia Junior Cycling, including:

  • Youth After School Mountain Biking
  • Summer Mountain Biking
  • Guided Rides & Shuttles
  • Junior Teams for All-Mountain, XC and Cyclocross
  • See the overview here

Field Trips & School Programs

We love helping schools take their students to the trails. Please let us know if we can help.

Community Outreach

Cog Wild is a proud sponsor of Boys & Girls Club’s Mountain Bike program. By providing bikes and guides we can help more kids gain access to the trails to ride with their friends in the summer.

Get in touch if you have an idea for how we can help get more kids on bikes.

Mountain bike class for adults!

Master the trails with the Cog Wild’s Multi-Week Progression Sessions

Cog Wild’s certified PMBIA coaches will teach you proper body position and the fundamentals of mountain biking with an intentionally planned series. Learn to ride the trails with confidence and graduate with a Shredder’s Degree from Cog Wild University!

Fall 2022

Mondays September 12th, 19th and 26th at 5:00pm
Saturdays October 8th, 15th and 22nd at 9:00am

PROGRESSION SESSIONS INCLUDE:

  • Three, 2+  hour mountain bike lessons led by certified skills coaches with the same cohort
  • Shuttles to the trailhead when necessary, some sessions may start and end at Cog Wild
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Polar Seltzer or Humm Kombucha  after each session

COGWILD SKILLS CLINICS – PROMO from JAYMOVISION on Vimeo.

Get downhill ready with a professional coach!

Ride Mt. Bachelor’s bike park with confidence after a lesson with a certified mountain bike coach. Cog Wild partners with Mt Bachelor to offer intermediate to advanced downhill mountain bike skills clinics for solo riders or private groups. Get berm shreddy and jump ready at Oregon’s premiere downhill park with Cog Wild’s finest guides and coaches. Please inquire for a Mt. Bachelor skills lesson. These lessons are for advanced riders. Coaches and dates are limited.

Private Mt. Bachelor downhill lesson includes: 

  • One-on-one or small group downhill skills building, the lessons will be determined by  your skill level and mountain biking goals.
  • Professional mountain bike coach
  • Lunch and snacks

Mt. Bachelor downhill lessons do not include: 

  • Bike rental (can be booked through Mt. Bachelor rentals)
  • Pads or helmet (can be obtained from Mt. Bachelor rentals)
  • Bike Park ticket (can be purchased at Mt. Bachelor)
  • Transportation to or from Mt. Bachelor

COGWILD SKILLS CLINICS – PROMO from JAYMOVISION on Vimeo.

Private Group Hotel Vacations

Are you planning a get together with your favorite riding buddies, a family reunion, or a bachelor or bachelorette party? We invite you to a first-class mountain biking vacation. You don’t have to go without a comfy bed, hot showers and freshly prepared meals—yes, you can combine awesome riding with cushy lodging. And with expert Cog Wild guides to show you the best of the best!

Cog Wild can plan custom group mountain bike vacations that combine the top trails, with excellent restaurants, fresh cooked meals, craft beers and cozy lodging in some of Oregon’s most scenic areas. Our private hotel tours can be in the Bend area, Hood River, McKenzie River, Umpqua River or Oakridge.

These tours can be highly customized, so please contact us to start planning!

THESE PRIVATE TOURS CAN INCLUDE:

  • Full day mountain bike rides designed for your group.
  • Local, expert and caring guides.
  • Transportation to and from Cog Wild Headquarters at the start and end of tour, if needed.
  • Transportation during the tour.
  • Delicious meals, on-trail lunches, and snacks.
  • Hotel lodging
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Polar Seltzer and Humm Kombucha.

Private Group Camping Vacations

Some things in life are best when experienced with your favorite people—friends and family. Throw in mountain biking and camping in Oregon’s most amazing places and you’ve got yourself a vacation to remember. Cog Wild LOVES organizing private mountain biking vacations for you and your group. We can take family reunions, bachelor or bachelorette parties, old college friends or just a group of regular riding buddies out on a stellar mountain bike vacation.

We can lead a private camping and riding trip in Central Oregon, Mt. Hood, Oakridge, the McKenzie River, including the Cascade Crest trails, the Umpqua River or the Fremont National Forest. Cog Wild guides will feed you well, supply local beers from Deschutes Brewery, Polar Seltzer and kombucha from Humm Kombucha, and take you on amazing rides each day.

These tours can be highly customized, so please contact us to start planning!

THESE PRIVATE TOURS INCLUDE:

  • Local, expert and caring guides
  • Transportation to and from Cog Wild Headquarters on the start and end dates of tour
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Delicious breakfasts, dinners, on-trail lunches, and snacks
  • Camping reservations 
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Polar Seltzer and Humm Kombucha.
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