Oregon has some of the best mountain biking trails in the United states. Whether you are just learning or are a seasoned rider, Oregon has the trails for you. Here are some of our favorite areas for mountain biking.
Mountain Biking in Oregon
As we have traveled around Oregon, we continue to find new places to get out on the bike. For a long time it was going to just a couple of the main areas, but as we got more comfortable, we searched out new places.
Here are our favorite areas.
Located just 60 minutes east of Portland, Hood River is an amazing place to visit. Aside from the mountain biking, it has wind surfing, breweries, good food, apple orchards and a paved path that goes for miles. These mountain biking trails are fast and flowing. We love seeing families out and the next generation of mountain bikers. You come here to not get technical, but to just enjoy the trails.
When you have finished with your epic ride, head into town and grab a beer and burger at Ferment Brewing. Another local favorite is Full Sail Brewery. For some amazing fried chicken head over to Kickstand. Kickstand does a lot for the community and the trails.
Bend has several areas that you can choose from to mountain bike. Starting at the top, you can mountain bike on Mount Bachelor in the summer.
Then on your way to from Mount Bachelor to Bend, there are many trails to choose from starting at Swampy or Wanoga Sno Parks. You can bike all the way into town from these two areas.
In town there is a circuit of trails known as Phil's Trail. This is a great area for beginners and younger riders or if you just want to get a quick ride in after work. It gets busy on the weekends and after work hours during the week. You can bike from town so there is usually parking in their two big lots. There is also room for vans.
In the winter, head east to Horse Butte. While it is cold, there is usually no snow, so it makes Bend a 4 season mountain biking destination!
Once you are done, head back into town to have an amazing lunch at Wild Rose, Yoli, Pihuamas or Perogis. A beer at Goodlife, Atlas, Bevel or Immersion, or a glass of wine at VaPiano, Bledsoe Family or Domaine Serene.
Oakridge is a small town in Oregon that boasts a lot of mountain biking trails. It is the main, and possibly only reason that people travel to Oakridge. There are multiple trails for every ability, but some of the best and most exciting are ones that you get shuttled to. While of course you want to brag that you climbed so much elevation, don't be silly and completely knock yourself out so you can't enjoy the downhill. Even with shuttling you could still climb around 2,000'!
Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass
Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass is a trifecta. They all have some fun mountain biking in close proximity. It makes for an amazing weekend or week in the area.
Head over to check out Jacksonville when you need a break from the trails. This charming small town is a fun distraction and make sure to get some ice cream on a hot day!
This seems to be in a remote and random place in Oregon. On your way to the coast from Eugene, stop at Alsea Falls. For mountain biking, have google take you to the Alsea Falls Mountain Biking Trail Head. There is a decent size parking lot with a pit toilet, there is also a campground near by and a hike to Alsea Falls.
Yachats - Cummins Creek Trails
Yes! There is mountain biking on the coast and not just some easy flow trails. You can still definitely get that as part of the trails but there are gnarly climbs, road climbs and some fun downhill.
Enjoy and as always please remember to practice LEAVE NO TRACE.