Every Monday and Thursday. Custom private shuttles are available almost anytime for groups of 6 or more.
Start time and location: 8:00am in Bend. Guests have 5 hours to complete the ride. We will return to Bend, 5pm or later.
Cog Wild Headquarters, Bend
$75 per person, with a 5 person minimum, or the cost of 5 people.
Help fill your shuttle by calling in advance to confirm your preferred date. Once booked, Cog Wild will promote any trips under the minimum to ensure the trip goes out. 95% of reserved shuttles go.
MRT Shuttle Cancellation Policy:
If we can’t get other riders to book a specific shuttle date, and the original party does not want to pay the minimum price (for 5 people), there is no cancellation fee. If we have a confirmed shuttle with enough people, then there is a cancellation fee of $25 (up to 48 hours prior) and 100% (within 48 hours.)
*Price does not include bike rental. See our bike rental page for more information.
Up to 26 miles. For less-experienced riders, lower drop points are available to make for a shorter ride.
1,000 feet of climbing.
1,500 feet of descending.
Intermediate to Advanced.
Terrain & Trails
This is a technical trail that includes sharp lava rock, wet roots, creek crossings, and steep ups and downs. The trail has many flat sections – prepare to do a lot of pedaling!
Recommended Clothing & Gear
Riders need to be self-sufficient, able to deal with mechanical issues and have enough water, food and supplies for a full day ride. We recommend the following minimum: first aid kit, patch kit, tubes, multi-tool, on-trail food, post-ride food, and a change of clothing for after the ride. Cog Wild will provide a cooler for your post-ride food and drinks. We will also bring Deschutes Brewery beer for you to enjoy after the ride. We will stop at the Sisters Bakery on our way in the morning. (Cash only, no cards accepted.)
It is 1.5 hours back to Bend, so we highly recommend having post-ride food for the drive back. Bring a MRT map if you have one, or maps will be available for purchase from Cog Wild ($8 – $12).
Can I rent a bike for the MRT?
Yes, Cog Wild can help with rentals – contact us for details.
Is this a guided ride?
No, it is not. We are only permitted to shuttle you to the McKenzie River Trail. You will be dropped at the trailhead and picked up again at the bottom of the trail.
We are new to mountain biking and want to ride the McKenzie Trail. Is this a good idea?
Many people are interested in riding the MRT because of its beauty, but it is not a suitable ride for beginners. We don’t recommend it.