The North Umpqua River Trail is a recreational paradise with opportunities for epic mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, fishing, and camping.
And it is the North Umpqua Trail (which we affectionately call NUT) that draws the avid rider. The NUT is a 79-mile long trail that has been designated as one of the International Mountain Bike Association’s “Epic Rides”. For good reason — it includes big climbs, long descents, technical roots and rocks, numerous stream crossings and miles of ultra-fun riding.
Oh, did we mention the hanging gardens of ferns and moss, the migrating Chinook salmon, the waterfalls, and hot springs? You’ll get all of this and more on our North Umpqua River Trail Adventure tour. Every day of this ride is a point-to-point ride, so you’ll see 100% new tread each day.
No sleeping on the ground for this tour either. We’ll stay at a local hotel, so you can enjoy a hot shower and soft pillow each night. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you earn your after-ride beers and good nights sleep each day!
This North Umpqua River Trail Adventure includes:
- 3 days of awesome mountain biking, designed for intermediate to advanced skill levels
- 3 nights lodging at the Steamboat Inn
- Local, expert and caring guides
- Transportation to and from Bend, on tour start and end dates
- Transportation throughout the tour
- Meals: All your meals from lunch on day one to lunch on day three as well as on-trail snacks
- Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Crater Lake Spirits, and Humm Kombucha
- Cog Wild t-shirt
- Cog Wild patch
Cog Wild operates under special use permit from the Umpqua National Forest & is an equal opportunity recreation provider.
- June 20-23
- August 8-11
If these dates don’t work for you, contact us to create a custom tour for you and your group of 4 or more!
Meet at Cog Wild Headquarters in Bend at 5:00pm or at our hotel in the Umpqua region that evening. Contact us for details.
$1095 – per person, double occupancy
$225 – single occupancy supplement fee
*Price Does Not Include:
- Mountain bike rentals. You can absolutely bring your own bike, or choose to rent a bike. See our bike rentals page for more information.
- 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 orRedmond 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!
- 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: Guests can transfer to another tour at least 2 weeks in advance. 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.
56+ miles over the 3-day tour.
2,000 – 4,000 feet
Strong intermediate to advanced. This trail includes many technical sections and steep climbs.
TERRAIN & TRAILS
While this is a “river trail”, it is anything but flat. The mileage, at first glance, will not seem like much, but expect full days in the saddle. Expect climbing, descending, tight switchbacks, exposed sections and numerous technical mountain biking features. The scenery includes amazing river canyon views with clear creeks, lush forests, and steep hillsides.
RECOMMENDED CLOTHING & GEAR
Prepare for three full days of riding, so bring adequate clothing, including riding gloves and layers for a variety of weather. Hydration packs are necessary for carrying food and water. Helmets are required for all rides. We are also camping, so appropriate camp attire will include long pants, camp shoes and insulating layers for cool nights and mornings. Bring a swimsuit for dipping in the river!
*There is poison oak on the sides of the trail on at least 2 of the 3 days of riding on the Umpqua. Bring precautionary measures or extra-clothing if you are sensitive to poison oak.
After meeting in Bend at Cog Wild headquarters, we will load up and start driving down to the Umpqua region. We will stop for dinner along the way. Once we arrive at the Steamboat Inn, we will be able to unpack and prepare for the next three days of amazing riding!
We’ll start off the tour with a ride from Steamboat Inn on some of the fastest, smoothest trail of the trip. At first, the trail contours up and away from the river to a viewpoint high up in the river canyon. Keep an eye out for soaring raptors such as eagles, osprey and peregrine falcons. From this high point, you will be rewarded with a long, continuous downhill back to the river. After the ride, we’ll visit a favorite swimming hole to cool off. Then relax at cabin with a cooler full of cold Deschutes Brewery beer while the guides prepare a delicious dinner to get you ready for tomorrow!
Mileage: 18 – 25 miles
Today’s ride takes us through some of the most spectacular country in Oregon. As we head upriver, you may see some migrating Chinook salmon and Steelhead heading up river to spawn. We’ll climb more today than on the previous day, but the pay off will be descending smooth, flowing singletrack to an old growth forest. Evening activities may include a soak in the hot springs, or a swim in the North Umpqua River.
Mileage: 19 – 28 miles
Our journey starts above Lemolo Lake, at the very top of the North Umpqua River Trail. Within the first mile we’ll check out the 102-foot high Lemolo Falls. “Lemolo” means “wild” or “untamed” in the Native Chinook language, and you’ll discover this namesake as we continue down the rugged canyon. We’ll follow the North Umpqua River along steep forested slopes and over tight rocky stream crossings, past the weeping wall of basalt rock, to our destination at Toketee Lake. The trail includes rollers and banks for those looking for some bonus airtime. By the end of the day you will have the satisfaction of completing one of the best rides in the country!
Mileage: 19 – 26 miles