Ready for the ultimate Oakridge + Umpqua Trail mountain bike adventure? The beauty of this tour is that we get to ride the popular Alpine Trail in Westfir and but also spend a day deeper in the backcountry, exploring the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, south of Oakridge.
This area is home to rugged singletrack with screamers such as Moon Point, the Middle Fork Trail, and the infamous Sawtooth struggle — a full day of mountain biking with the option of bagging two peaks along the way. These trails are loved by locals but aren’t as well known to the casual rider, giving you an opportunity to experience unique and little known Oregon mountain biking.
After two (or three! depending on how we feel) days of solid riding in the Oakridge area, we’ll drive over to the designated Wild and Scenic North Umpqua River to ride the best sections of the North Umpqua Trail — affectionately called the “NUT”. The NUT is a 79-mile long trail that has been designated as one of the International Mountain Bike Association’s (IMBA) “Epic Rides”. For good reason: it includes big climbs, long descents, technical roots, rocks, numerous stream crossings and miles of fun and challenging riding.
Oh did we mention the hanging gardens of ferns and moss, the migrating Chinook salmon, the waterfalls and hot springs? We’ll see all that too. Don’t miss out! Join us on this amazing tour today.
This Oakridge + Umpqua Trail Mountain Bike Adventure includes:
- 4 days of mountain biking: 2 days in Oakridge and 2 days on the North Umpqua Trail
- Local, expert and caring guides
- Transportation to and from Bend at the start and end dates of tour
- Transportation during the tour
- 4 nights of lodging
- All meals are included – from dinner on day one to lunch on the last day as well as on-trail snacks
- Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Crater Lake Spirits and Humm Kombucha
- Cog Wild t-shirt
- Cog Wild patch
- July 9-14
If these dates don’t work for you, contact us to create a custom tour for you and your group of 4 or more!
Start Location: Meet us at Cog Wild Headquarters in Bend, Oregon at 5:00pm or meet at the Steamboat Inn
$1375 double occupancy
(Single occupancy supplement fee upon request)
*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.
- Optional activities such as rafting or fishing on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River.
- Airport shuttles to and from the Redmond (RDM) Airport. You will need to arrange 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 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 do not meet the minimum rider count:
The deposits made at booking are non-refundable except in the event that we have not met our minimum guest count and we can’t run the tour. In this case we will be sure to let you know that we are not running the trip and that we are refunding your deposit and are happy to offer you other suggestions in place of your original trip plans.
85-140 miles over the 5 day tour
Strong intermediate to advanced. Riders should be physically fit and have various experience and skill with sustained climbs, steep descents and technical features.
Terrain & Trails
Oakridge and North Umpqua trails are narrow, fast, slow, smooth, rocky, rooty, steep and beautiful. You’ll also sample a wide variety of terrain – granddaddy old-growth trees, clear cuts, giant ferns, natural meadows, cold creek crossings, log bridges, exposure and rock outcroppings.
Recommended Clothing & Gear
Prepare for three full days of riding, so bring adequate clothing, including 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 or hot springs!
*There is poison oak on the sides of some of the trails we ride on this tour. Bring precautionary measures or extra-clothing if you are sensitive to poison oak.
After meeting your guides in Bend, you will load up into the van and head south to the Umpqua River region with a pit stop along the way for dinner. After checking into the Steamboat Inn, we will settle in for the night. A good night’s rest will be needed for the next day of trails!
The North Umpqua Trail is a 79-mile long trail, so we have lots of options for our fist day of riding, all of which include more awesome singletrack and scenery. After a hearty breakfast prepared by the guides, we will hit the trail! t Your guides will cook another dinner feast while you relax and enjoy cold beer. We may hit some hot springs that evening before heading back for dinner and some much needed shut-eye.
Mileage: varies, around 20
Today includes the famous “Dread and Terror” section. In 1908, two rangers on horseback named a four-mile ridgeline south of the river as “Dread and Terror” in reference to the disagreeable possibility of fighting a forest fire in this densely vegetated land. Not to worry, it is an amazing section of trail! After the ride, we will drive over to Oakridge and settle in for the night.
Our first ride in Oakridge will be on the beloved Alpine Trail, ending at the red covered bridge in Westfir. Alpine Trail includes sections such as Chrome Toilet, Jedi Forest, and Windy Pass and includes steep climbs, forested traverses, tight switchbacks, wildflower meadows and brake searing descents that will have you grinning. We’ll hit the local brewpub, Brewers Union Local 180, to rub shoulders with the local trail builders and enjoy and English style ale, then back at camp for a good nights sleep under the stars.
Depending on the group, we can select from a variety of rides, from a technical river trail to a high alpine loop that includes two significant peaks. We’ll finish the day by jumping into the river to cool off and refresh ourselves.We’ll wrap up our tour that afternoon, then head back to Bend by evening.