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!

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.

Custom shuttles for private groups in Oakridge

Reserve a van for your private group and ride at your own pace or go for an adventure day on the high country trails outside of town.

Custom shuttle:

This option is for groups who have at least one rider who is very familiar with Oakridge’s trails and is willing to take on the “guide” responsibilities of coordinating with the driver and corralling the crew. Trail options include: Alpine, Lawler, Hardesty, Goodman Creek, Dead Mountain, Larison Rock, Heckletooth, Lower Middle Fork Trail and Moon Point. Rent a van and driver for 8 hours of shuttle assisted mountain biking for $900. Need more than 8 hours? Each additional hour is $150. This comes in handy if, for example, you are out at Moon Point and your crew is fired up to get just one more run. Max capacity 12 riders.

Van and guide for a full or half day:

If you want to ride some awesome trails that aren’t on the regular shuttle schedule, this is the way to go. Oakridge has many advanced trails that we are permitted to guide including Eula, Sawtooth, Bunchgrass, Timpanogas and Grasshopper. $1200 gets you 8 hours of van use, a driver and an experienced guide.  Max capacity 12 riders.

Contact Cog Wild 541-385-7002 or info@cogwild.com to talk through options and ideas.

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.

Newberry Caldera Shuttle

Cog Wild provides shuttle service to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument (25 miles south of Bend, Oregon) for an epic ride along the rim of Newberry Caldera down through the Horse Butte Trail Network. This is a full day, adventure ride with amazing views!

Meet the shuttle at the Horse Butte Trailhead, where you will leave your car. From there, we will drive to Newberry Crater. We can drop you off at the base of Paulina Peak for a longer ride along the Paulina Rim trail, or at East Lake Resort. From either spot, ride the rim trail to the Swamp Wells trail to Horse Butte trailhead.  

newberry caldera shuttle for mountain bike rides

2022 Details:

Inquire about availability for private group shuttles.

Time: 8 am departure from Horse Butte Trailhead (arrive 15 mins early to load)
Price: $50 per person
Mileage (approximate): 36 miles of singletrack back to Horse Butte trail head.

Photo: USFS
Strava route map of Newberry to Horse Butte

Ride with GPS Newberry Crater Loop option

Oakridge Mountain Bike Shuttles

Winter is here, shuttles are done for the time being.

If we receive an extended period of high pressure we may operate some limited shuttles, otherwise we’ll resume in May.

Shuttle Options in Oakridge

Season PassDaily ShuttlesShuttle Location MapPrivate & Custom OptionsSuggested Shuttle Combos

Oakridge Shuttle Season Pass

  • Unlimited rides for the entire season!
  • Valid through end of operations in November
  • Not transferrable
  • $350 until April 30, $399 after May 1

Alpine Shuttle

  • This shuttle drops you at the top of the world famous Alpine Trail. 14 miles of singletrack from Kate’s Cut In back to the Office Bridge, or add on Tire Mountain and Cloverpatch Trails (ATCA) a 25 mile epic. Intermediate / Advanced
  • Shuttle: 45 minutes
  • Ride: 2 – 6 hours
  • Departs from Westfir City Hall (please don’t park at Portal Park across the bridge)
  • $37 per person

Dead Mountain Shuttle

  • Dead Mountain is a good introduction to Oakridge riding, and the best trail for less experienced riders to try. Hit it for the afternoon happy hour lap. 7 miles of intermediate, fast, flowy berms and jumps with a 1.5 mile road ride back to town. Intermediate
  • Shuttle: 35 minutes
  • Ride: 1 – 2.5 hours
  • Departs from Cog Wild’s meeting space at 1st and Pine in Uptown Oakridge
  • $22 per person

Larison Rock Shuttle

  • A quick, direct in-town shuttle, great for a happy hour / welcome to town ride: 4 miles of fast continuous downhill through classic West Cascades old growth forest that drops you into beautiful Greenwaters Park. Intermediate / Advanced
  • Shuttle: 30 minutes
  • Ride: 30 min – 1.5 hours
  • Departs from Greenwaters Park near the footbridge.
  • $22 per person

Moon Point Shuttle

  • Moon Point/Young’s Rock Trail is about as much fun as you can have on a mountain bike! Start in subalpine meadows, enjoy sustained downhill to Campers Flat on the river. Experts only!
  • Shuttle: 40 minutes
  • Ride: 1 – 3 hours
  • 1 hour drive from downtown Oakridge. Meet the van at Camper’s Flat on #21 road.
  • $55 per person, or call the office to adjust the price to $85 for two laps

Hardesty Shuttle

  • The shuttle drops you on the flank of Hardesty Mountain. Ride starts with a stout climb to the summit before a winding descent of roughly 4,000′ through stunning old growth. Advanced.
  • Shuttle: 40 minutes
  • Ride: 1.5 – 3 hours
  • Meet the shuttle at Hardesty Trailhead on Hwy 58, roughly 14 miles west of Oakridge.
  • $37 per person

Lawler Shuttle

  • Swoopy turns through old growth western Hemlock, technical chutes through clear cuts, tight switchbacks, some climbing to keep you honest, and a new school flow trail finish. Advanced.
  • Shuttle: 40 minutes
  • Ride: 1.5 – 3 hours
  • Meet at the “Y” half a mile up Patterson Mountain Rd (FS #5840) from Hwy 58, 10 miles west of Oakridge.
  • $37 per person

Hardesty & Lawler Combo

  • We suggest parking at Hardesty to catch the shuttle, then ride Lawler to the Lawler Shuttle location, then catch your second ride up and descend Hardesty to your vehicle.
  • Shuttle: 40 minutes each
  • Full day of riding for experienced riders.
  • Meet the shuttle at Hardesty Trailhead on Hwy 58, roughly 14 miles west of Oakridge.
  • Call us to sign up for the double.

Private Shuttles: Van & Driver for your Group

For groups of 6 – 12 riders who are familiar with the Oakridge Trail System, book a van for a full day of riding. Availability is limited, book in advance to secure your custom trip.

Guided Shuttles

Book a van and guide for a full or half day to learn the trails, access lesser known gems or go for big adventure rides.

Learn More

Shuttle Meeting Locations:

The trails in Oakridge are spread out across the landscape and each shuttle has a specific meeting location. Check your confirmation email for directions to the shuttle pick up location. (SEE MAP BELOW). Cell service is limited in the deep canyons; be sure to clarify directions and upload directions while still in wifi or cell service.

Suggested Shuttle Combinations

The shuttle schedule is designed for riders to catch multiple shuttles each day. Use these suggested combos to organize a full day of riding — add your combos into the cart to schedule it all online or contact us to add more rides to an existing reservation.

Each trail has its own pick up location, so some travel between pick ups is required, see the map below.

  • 9:00 am Alpine:
    • Plus 1:30 pm Hardesty / Lawler
    • Or 3:30 Dead Mountain
  • 11am Hardesty / Lawler + 3:30pm Dead Mountain
  • Hardesty Lawler Double: 11:00 am & 1:30 pm
  • 8:30 am Alpine:
    • Plus 1:00 pm Hardesty / Lawler
    • Or 3:00 pm Dead Mountain
  • 10:30 Hardesty / Lawler:
    • Plus 1:00 pm Larison
    • Or 3:00 pm Dead Mountain
  • Hardesty Lawler Double: 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
  • Moon Point Double: 9:30 am & 11:30 am
    • Ride all day by adding either the 2:30 pm Dead Mountain
    • Or the 3:00 pm Larison
  • 8:30 am Alpine:
    • Plus 1:00pm Hardesty / Lawler
    • Or 3:00pm Dead Mountain
  • 10:30 Hardesty / Lawler:
    • Plus 1:00 pm Larison
    • Or 2:30 pm Dead Mountain
  • Hardesty / Lawler Double: 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
  1. Book a package to ride both Lawler & Hardesty in one day.
  2. Park at Hardesty Trail Head to and catch the first shuttle. This leaves your vehicle at your eventual end-point.
  3. Ride Lawler trail first: at the exit of the trail, take a left and continue up the road 1/4 mile to the Lawler Shuttle meeting location to catch your second ride up.
  4. On the second shuttle, ride the Hardesty trail back to your vehicle.

Still not sure what to ride?

Ride with a Guide

Guided rides are a great way to experience the diversity of trails and terrain in Oakridge. Our guides will assess your skill, orient you to place, and recommend trails to ride for the rest of your visit.

Oakridge guided rides

Hone your Skills

Oakridge’s trails are challenging for riders of every skill level. Our experienced instructors love teaching and will help you improve your skills so you can feel more competent and confident, which means more fun.

Oakridge skills instruction

Private transportation for outdoor endeavors

Cog Wild’s vans and drivers are available for custom or private group shuttles for mountain biking or any outdoor endeavor.  People tend to book this option for weddings, birthday parties,  kayak shuttles and transportation to the start or end of bike packing routes like the Oregon Timber Trail. 

HOW IT WORKS:

  • Arrange a pick up from your location in Bend, Sunriver or anywhere in Central Oregon. The driver will take you to your requested drop off spot.
  • Our smaller vans accommodate up to 14 passengers. The mini bus accommodates up to 25 passengers.
  • Sturdy racks for your equipment (if needed)

PRICING:

One hour minimum required. Time starts when the driver leaves Cog Wild  and ends when the driver returns.

  • $160 per hour for a 14 passenger van
  • $245 per hour for the 25 passenger mini bus

Approximate Shuttle Times:

  • Westside Bend to Swampy,  Wanoga or Dutchman Snow Parks – 1 hour
  • Westside Bend to Sunriver – 1.5 hour
  • Westside Bend to Edison Sno-Park – 1.5 hours
  • Bend to Oakridge – 5 hours

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • A non-refundable 25% deposit will be taken at the time of booking.
  • A final guest count must be received 7 days prior to your event.. 
  • Remaining balance will be collected 7 days prior to your event. 
  • Cancellations received less than 7 days before the start of your activity are non-refundable.
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