The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests contain over 1,000 miles of non-motorized trails suitable for all experience levels. Many trails extend into alpine regions of the Cascade Mountain wilderness areas.
Trails are not confined to the remote outback of Central Oregon, however, as urban trail systems put walking and cycling within everyone’s reach. The award-winning Bend Metro Park & Recreation District maintains 48 mi of trails, including a Deschutes River trail that eventually will extend to Tumalo State Park. The 3.5-mi Dry Canyon Trail runs north and south through Redmond. Central Oregon’s destination resorts are lined with walking and cycling trails. Sunriver Resort contains over 30 miles of paved bike trails; Eagle Crest Resort has over 11 miles.
For the committed mountain biker, the Phil’s Trail complex just west of Bend is a network of 10 major trails extending into the Cascade foothills. Central Oregon’s popularity as a mountain biking, hiking and running venue has brought an onslaught of media attention by journals like Outside magazine, Mountain Bike magazine and Bike Magazine.
For cyclists who prefer a smooth surface to mountain trails, there is plenty to encourage participation. Several prominent races are held each year, including the Cascade Chainbreaker and the Cascade Cycling Classic, the longest consecutively run elite stage race in the country.
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