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


  • $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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.

Guided Rides in Bend

There are so many reasons to ride with a guide:

  • Camaraderie
  • Safety and mechanical support
  • Insider’s view of the trail system
  • Suggestions on routes and trails as you go

Guided rides include a shuttle so you can have a mostly downhill ride back to our office. We provide snacks including Picky Bars, and post ride beverages from Deschutes Brewery, Polar Seltzer and Humm Kombucha.

Demo bikes from Santa Cruz and Ibis are available to rent and come with helmets and gloves.

Full day rides also include a seriously good sandwich from Nancy P’s Bakery.

E-Bikes are Not Permitted on the Deschutes National Forest

The Deschutes National Forest does not allow e-bikes on the non-motorized trails. This includes the vast majority of mountain biking trails that we guide and shuttle.

Winter Fat Biking

Explore through the woods or ride the groomed trails at Wanoga.

Winter Fat Biking Details
Bend Oregon mountain bike tours

Full Day Guided Ride

Best for experienced riders who enjoy multiple hours on the trail. Ride from the high country back to our headquarters. Explore more terrain and enjoy lunch on the trail with your guide. Time on trail is approximately 4 – 6 hours.

Full Day Guided Ride

Half Day Guided Ride

This is a great introduction to mountain biking in Bend. Great choice for all skill levels. Our guides select a route based on your skill, interest and fitness to maximize flow on the trail. Time on trail is approximately 3 hours.

Half Day Guided Ride

Family Tour

Ride together with support from an experienced guide.

Family Tour

Custom Groups & Adventures

For larger groups, splits in ability, multi-day adventures — we can provide the guides and shuttles to ensure everyone has a great time.


Skills Instruction

Mountain bike skills lessons for all abilities. Our PMBI Certified Guides are experts at teaching you or your group the basics of mountain biking or helping you take your riding to the next level.

Skills Instruction INFO

Ride & 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.

Ride & Dig Experience


Central Oregon weather can vary and change quickly. Check the weather prior to riding in Bend so that you can dress appropriately. “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!”

National Weather Service for Bend
Monthly Averages for Central Oregon Weather


I have already done the Bachelor to Bend tour? Should I do it again?

Yes! There are several different ways to ride from Mt. Bachelor to Bend, and we can take you on a different route each time, with few trail repeats. This means that you will see new trails each time.

My friends and I want to do this tour together, but some of us ride faster/slower than the rest of the group. Is this a problem?

Not at all! The trails in Bend are not very technical, which is what slows most people down in other places. Once we have details about all the riders we will choose a route that will help keep everyone together. Depending on the size of the group, we will have more than one guide to allow everyone to be able to ride at their own pace without getting too far ahead or left behind.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, of course! If you are traveling with your mountain bike, we ask that it is in good working order. Hard tails, full suspension, 27” and 29er bikes are all appropriate for our trails.

How much water should I have with me?

Cog Wild will provide each rider with one water bottle for you to keep after the ride. However, we recommend carrying at least a few water bottles or a full hydration bladder for your full day ride. There is not a place to refill water along the trail, so you will need to start the ride with all of your water for the day.

Private Group Hotel Vacations

Are you planning a get together with your favorite riding buddies, a family reunion, or a bachelor or bachelorette party? We invite you to a first-class mountain biking vacation. You don’t have to go without a comfy bed, hot showers and freshly prepared meals—yes, you can combine awesome riding with cushy lodging. And with expert Cog Wild guides to show you the best of the best!

Cog Wild can plan custom group mountain bike vacations that combine the top trails, with excellent restaurants, fresh cooked meals, craft beers and cozy lodging in some of Oregon’s most scenic areas. Our private hotel tours can be in the Bend area, Hood River, McKenzie River, Umpqua River or Oakridge.

These tours can be highly customized, so please contact us to start planning!


  • Full day mountain bike rides designed for your group.
  • Local, expert and caring guides.
  • Transportation to and from Cog Wild Headquarters at the start and end of tour, if needed.
  • Transportation during the tour.
  • Delicious meals, on-trail lunches, and snacks.
  • Hotel lodging
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Polar Seltzer and Humm Kombucha.

Private Group Camping Vacations

Some things in life are best when experienced with your favorite people—friends and family. Throw in mountain biking and camping in Oregon’s most amazing places and you’ve got yourself a vacation to remember. Cog Wild LOVES organizing private mountain biking vacations for you and your group. We can take family reunions, bachelor or bachelorette parties, old college friends or just a group of regular riding buddies out on a stellar mountain bike vacation.

We can lead a private camping and riding trip in Central Oregon, Mt. Hood, Oakridge, the McKenzie River, including the Cascade Crest trails, the Umpqua River or the Fremont National Forest. Cog Wild guides will feed you well, supply local beers from Deschutes Brewery, Polar Seltzer and kombucha from Humm Kombucha, and take you on amazing rides each day.

These tours can be highly customized, so please contact us to start planning!


  • Local, expert and caring guides
  • Transportation to and from Cog Wild Headquarters on the start and end dates of tour
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Delicious breakfasts, dinners, on-trail lunches, and snacks
  • Camping reservations 
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Polar Seltzer and Humm Kombucha.

Experience winter on a fat bike

Fat bike riding on snow in Oregon

For a completely novel winter experience take a Winter Fat Bike Guided Ride!  Bundle up with us to experience the crisp, clean winter air and the beauty of the snow-covered Cascade Mountains on a fat bike. Routes are determined by the snow conditions: You might ride on fat tire bike-specific trails or cruise deeper into the backcountry on higher elevation groomed roads.

Fat biking is suitable for intermediate to expert riders and folks who are comfortable exercising outside in winter for 3 hours at a time. Fat biking can be surprisingly difficult and therefore are not suitable for beginner cyclists or folks who are new to winter recreation.  

This Fat Tire Bike Tour includes:

Private Group Day Tour

Bend is the perfect place for family reunions, weddings, birthday parties and gatherings. Why not take a spin on our mountain bike trails with your group? Cog Wild loves organizing private group day tours in beautiful Central Oregon.

You let us know how many people you have, what type of riding you want to do, and we’ll take care of the rest. Want a winter adventure on a fat bike? We’ve got you covered.


  • Customized itinerary and routes organized specifically for your time frame and group interests.
  • Local, expert and caring guides.
  • Half-day tours include: unlimited bottled water, energy bars, fruit and snacks.
  • Full-day tours include: unlimited bottled water, on-trail lunch, fruit and desert.
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Polar Seltzer and Humm Kombucha after returning to Cog Wild.
  • Mountain bikes and helmet rentals.
  • 18% gratuity added to all private group tours

Route Options

We have unlimited route options for all levels of private groups. We can organize our Singletrack Sampler, a Mt. Bachelor to Bend ride, or a fun loop in the high country. We’ll work closely with you to make sure your fun is optimized! If you are looking for a winter outing, our Winter Fat Bike Tours are a great way to get outside on two wheels.


Dates: Daily.


Half day: 9am, 10:30am or 12:30pm

Full day: 9am

Let us know if you need a different start time to accommodate your group’s needs.

Start Location: Cog Wild Headquarters. Transportation can be arranged for an additional cost, please inquire when setting up your ride.


Half-day Private Tour 1-4 hours (bikes included)

  • $140 per person

Full-day Private Tour 4-6 hours (bikes included)

  • $175 per person

Pricing details:

  • Private group tours a required to have a minimum of 6 riders and are paid by one person.
  • If you have less than 6 riders, the price still remains at the 6-rider price.
  • 18% gratuity automatically added to all private group rides
  • If the group needs to be split into different rides for different riding levels, we may need to bring in more guides, which might  increase the price. Contact us for details.
  • Group tours go rain or shine. Alternative routes will be used if needed.

Cancellation policy for private or custom guided rides:

  • 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.

Riding Distance

Varies. We work with you to determine length of rides for your group!


Varies according to rider levels.

Rider Level

Beginner to advanced. This can be an introductory ride for new riders or a skill-building ride for beginner to intermediate riders. Or if you have an advanced group, we’ll go shred more challenging trails.

Terrain & Trails

Most Central Oregon trails are smooth and flowing single track and double track that winds through Ponderosa pine forests, but at certain times of the year, we can access high alpine trails. For groups that of experienced riders, we can incorporate more advanced trails.

Recommended Clothing & Gear

Cycling clothing or exercise clothing, such as comfortable shorts, t-shirts and tennis shoes are great, as well as a long sleeve insulating layer or lightweight jacket. Hydration pack or backpack for carrying water, lunch and clothing layers. Helmets are required for all rides and we can provide helmets.

Information We Need

During the reservation process you will need to share the below info for each rider:

  • Height and weight for the bike rental.
  • Ages of any minors.
  • If each rider has mountain bikes before: beginner, intermediate or advanced and any additional details you would like to share.
  • Any dietary or medical restrictions.

Mountain Bike from Mt Bachelor to Bend

Mt Bachelor to Bend is one of the most epic mountain bike rides our area has to offer. Imagine this: crisp mountain air mixed with warm sunshine beaming on you as your guide unloads your bikes at the base of Mt. Bachelor, at the crest of the Cascade Mountains. You grab your hydration pack, strap on your helmet, and prepare to spend the rest of the day on up to 35 miles of sweet singletrack bliss as you make your way back to Bend.

This is the most distinctive Central Oregon ride, but know that there are many options. However we get back to Bend, you will sure to experience miles of fast flowing sections, rocky or rooty sections (if desired), scenic alpine views, forest cruising and some of the most fun you can have in the area. As we descend in elevation, you’ll experience a change in ecosystems from wide open Hemlocks to mixed conifer to classic Ponderosa stands.   Plus, we’ll eat a tasty lunch on the trail at one of many scenic viewpoints.

Can’t get enough of this ride? We highly recommend doing this tour more than once. We will give you a unique route each day with new trails and new scenery.

This 1 Day Mt Bachelor to Bend Guided Mountain Bike Ride Includes:

  • Up to six-hour long mountain bike tour, personalized to your riding level
  • Local, expert and caring guides
  • Shuttle to the trailhead
  • Lunch sandwiches from local favorite bakery, Nancy P’s
  • Cog Wild water bottle
  • Substantial, healthy snacks on the trail including Picky Bar
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer Polar Seltzer and Humm Kombucha
  • Price does not include bike rental. See our bike rental page for options.

Showcasing the best of Bend Oregon Trails

Bend Oregon is home to some of the best mountain biking in the nation. We have hundreds of miles of trail  to share with you, and this ride combines the best of what Central Oregon has to offer. From the world famous Phil’s Trail to lesser-known singletracks loved by locals—shhh, don’t tell—we will hand pick a sampling of trails based on your desires. Looking for a fast-flowing descent? We’ve got it. Want to improve your skills on technical rocky sections? We have that too. Searching for that perfect ride? Let us help.

These rides are custom designed as we put riders of similar skill levels together for a half day shred. This is a great ride for the solo rider, the mountain biking family, or for a group of buddies that regularly ride together. We’ll make sure your time with us is optimized for maximum fun and trail time!

The half day mountain bike ride in Bend Oregon includes:

Mountain Biking Fun For The Whole Family!

Join Cog Wild for a morning or afternoon of family guided mountain bike adventure with an emphasis on fun: swoopy trails, plenty of snack stops, quality time in nature and perhaps a stop to dip your toes in the river. Our half-day rides are designed for your family’s needs to have a safe, low-stress mountain bike experience in beautiful Central Oregon.

Our goal is to get you all of you outside and enjoying mountain biking in the region, so these tours are designed specifically with your family in mind. We can help instruct a new beginner, or encourage a more experienced rider to try something new. From big to little, this ride inspires confidence and leaves everyone with a smile!

This Family Bike Tour Includes:

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