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The Oregon Timber Trail has become a hot buzz word for mountain bikers seeking an epic adventure. We have been scouting and researching the Fremont National Forest trail for years, and are now excited to offer this tour as part of the OTT Cog Wild experience. If you want an adventurous tour in some truly wild places, without the added suffering of carrying everything you need to survive, come with Cog Wild. We’ll guide you on the stunning Fremont Trail in what we like to call “the Big Wide Open” while offering you all the support you need to guarantee success.

 

What to expect

 

Are you ready to pioneer the frontier of mountain biking in Oregon? Nestled between the southern Oregon Cascades and the Great Basin, the Fremont National Forest is remote and rugged —with some crazy fun, primitive singletrack. This ride includes 4 full days in the saddle, exploring a wide variety of terrain including dramatic ridges, mixed forests and desert environments.

 

So why go with Cog Wild, and not forge out on your own? Let’s be honest – not everyone has a month to suffer through nearly 700 miles of grueling singletrack. With Cog Wild, you get to experience the adventure in a timeline that works for you, without the suffering. At the end of each ride, you get to show up to camp, crack open a cold one, and relive the day with your riding partners while our guides cook up a delicious meal. After all, you’ve earned it! By the end, you will have completed the first tier of the Oregon Timber Trail, and be ready to start planning your next Cog Wild experience!

 

This is adventurous biking that includes some challenging riding and varied conditions. Our guides will be with you for every pedal stroke of the day for an unforgettable experience!

 

The Fremont National Forest Tour Includes:

  • 4 days of intermediate-expert mountain biking
  • Local, expert and caring guides
  • Transportation to and from Bend to the Fremont National Forest
  • Transportation during the tour
  • 3 nights of camping, organized by Cog Wild
  • All meals from lunch on Wednesday to lunch on Saturday. The guides will cook breakfasts and dinners. You’ll make sandwiches each day for on-trail lunches.
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Crater Lake Spirits, Humm Kombucha, and Thump Coffee
  • Cog Wild t-shirt
  • Cog Wild patch
  • An added stop at Summer Lake Hot Springs.

Trip Overview

LOCATION
Fremont National Forest
DURATION
4 Days
SKILL LEVEL
6 - 9
FITNESS LEVEL
6 - 9
Tour Style
Camping
Tour Size
12 guest maximum
STARTING PRICE
$925
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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.

2019 Dates:

  • July 3 – July 6*

*Contact us to set up dates that work for you and your group of 4 or more.

Start Location:

Based out of Bend, Oregon.

Price:

$925

*Price Does Not Include:

  • Mountain bike rentals. We do not rent mountain bikes for this tour. The remote nature of this tour requires an intimate relationship with your steed. Please bring your own bike, which can be shipped to Cog Wild if you are not driving.
  • Camping gear such as tent, sleeping bag and pad. Bring your own, or rent them from us.
  • 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 the trip price.

• Cancellations within 14 days: No refund.

Riding Distance

95+ miles over 4 days.

Route Location

Fremont National Forest, Oregon

Elevation

5,000 – 8,000 feet.

Rider Level

Advanced riders only. This rigorous tour is for mountain bikers that ride several times a week, and know that they can handle four days of advanced level riding. Participants will need to pass a phone or email screening before getting the OK to join this tour. We want to keep everyone safe and happy!

Terrain & Trails

These routes include singletrack, old wagon trails, and dirt and gravel fire roads through rugged terrain. There are primitive trails, so each day may include route finding, short hiking sections, river crossings or scrambling over downed trees. Trail tread can include buff and smooth, rocky, rooty, tight switchbacks or exposed sections.  This is wild country, home to wildlife such as black bear, cougar, elk and deer. Us mountain bikers are merely visitors!

Recommended Clothing & Gear

Prepare for four full days of riding, so bring adequate clothing, including layers for a variety of weather. Hydration packs are necessary for long days of carrying food and water. Helmets are required for all rides. We are also camping, so appropriate camp attire will include long pants, sturdy shoes and insulating layers for cool nights and mornings. You will also need camping gear—tent, sleeping bag, pad and pillow.

Day One

Meet in Bend at 9:00am, ready to throw you and your belongings in our van to hit the road. Our first ride is around Paulina Rim, on the way to the Fremont National Forest. This trail circumnavigates a huge caldera containing two clear, blue lakes. You’ll get huge views in all directions, including some views of the Fremont region we will explore next. Afterward, we will set up our base camp for the next two days of riding, and have dinner and Deschutes Brewery beers by the campfire.

Climbing: 2,000 feet
Descending:
2,500 feet
Mileage:
22 – 25 miles

Day Two

After an early breakfast in camp we’ll head out in the van to our starting point. A strenuous climb will take us to the North end of the Fremont National Scenic Trail at 8,200 feet. From this historic Forest Service lookout, we’ll continue on until we reach the valley floor at 3,800 feet. The best part—the ride isn’t over as we have several more miles of rolling trail to get us back to camp. You’ve earned your beer on this one, so tip one back by the campfire and relive this epic day.

Climbing: +/- 3,500 feet
Descending: +/- 6,000 feet
Mileage: 28 miles

Day Three

Todays ride dives into some of the most primitive trail on the trip. We start at Fremont Point, high up on the Winter Rim with unbelievable views of the desert and seasonal lake beds below. The forest fires of 2002 consumed this area of the forest almost completely but the re-growth is incredible. The trail is coming back, but there are a few hard to navigate sections as the forest re-grows. A long, traversing descent brings us to Hagar Mountain, our final push before descending into camp.

Climbing: +/- 2800
Descending: +/- 4400
Mileage: 27 miles

Day Four

Get ready for the grand finale. The last day is a shorter day in the saddle but no less strenuous. Again, we start out right with a shuttle to the top, but as you may have guessed, there is ample climbing! More great views and fun, fast trail make this a great finish to a very fulfilling mountain bike trip. At last, we’ll end our adventure with a stop at Summer Lake Hot Springs to soak the muscles before driving back to Bend.

Climbing: +/- 1700′
Descending: +/- 2500′
Mileage: 20 miles.