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Looking for info on Bend from a cyclist perspective. Would like to find a place with a good 20-40 mile singletrack loop out the door. Also where to find good local culture over the weekend. Thanks in advance.
 

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If your looking for a 20-40 mile loop this weekend. good luck, as everything is covered in snow. If you have ski's or a board I would suggest those if your visiting this weekend.
 

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Good long loop out the door? In the first week in March? Ain't gonna happen.

Horse Ridge and Maston may be rideable, but they are not "out the door", and you'd be hard pressed to really string together a longish loop.

Try The Source for weekend culture. (Click on the "culture" or "sound" links up top)
 

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Phil's trails offer some pretty diverse terrain for all skill levels and you can always put some good mileage in

Phils is not a winter trail but come spring/summer the place is amazing...I have a house off century blvd and can pedal just over a mile to one of the many trailheads
 

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Guess I should have qualified that I'd be looking for real estate locations with 20-40 mile loops out the door. Right now I'd expect quite a bit of snow pack especially at higher elevations.
 

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Guess I should have qualified that I'd be looking for real estate locations with 20-40 mile loops out the door. Right now I'd expect quite a bit of snow pack especially at higher elevations.
Buy a house on the west side of town. The further west the closer to trails you would be. The Highlands is very close to Nat. Forest land (but bring your checkbook -- or a few checkbooks).
 

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Buy a house on the west side of town. The further west the closer to trails you would be. The Highlands is very close to Nat. Forest land (but bring your checkbook -- or a few checkbooks).
I've always been partial to NorthWest Crossing. It's pretty damn close to the Phil's area. Sadly, the big yards of my childhood are a thing of the past. But it still seems like a nice place to live.

(And it's still way out of my price range. Sighs)
 

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Really anywhere on the Westside of Bend is what you are looking for. We always use Megan Powers at Caldwell Banker for our clients who are interested in purchasing a house in Bend. She is a mountain biker and will show you homes while riding around on bikes.
The trails start right on the outside of town, so once the snow has melted enough you will be able to ride straight from your house no matter where on the Westside you are.
 

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When will we make great inroads with new trails on BLM land? Just wonderin'

Seems like a lot of good space between Redmond and Sisters (beside Cline Butte area), or just about anywhere around here.

Once these areas are fully opened to biking, then a lot more nice places to live are brought into play.
 

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When will we make great inroads with new trails on BLM land? Just wonderin'

Seems like a lot of good space between Redmond and Sisters (beside Cline Butte area), or just about anywhere around here.

Once these areas are fully opened to biking, then a lot more nice places to live are brought into play.
I picture all of the dirt out on the juniper flats being very soft dust.
 

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Nat said:
I picture all of the dirt out on the juniper flats being very soft dust.
Who knows? Maybe it is.

Is there any good rideable BLM land nearby? Maybe closer to P-ville?

(and please... no jokes about the quality of P-ville subdivisions)
 

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Who knows? Maybe it is.

Is there any good rideable BLM land nearby? Maybe closer to P-ville?

(and please... no jokes about the quality of P-ville subdivisions)
Subdivisions? Can people in Pville even do division? J/K, it was right there...

It seems as if there would be a ton of jeep roads east of here worthy of exploring.
 

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So what months are open for riding? Currently we do not have a month trails are closed, except perhaps a few summers if there is no rain.
Check out COTA. It's the local trail alliance, and this site has quite a bit of resources. You may even become a member!

The very popular, and fun (but very crowded) Phil's Trail complex is just west of town, and is the first area to open when the snows first melt. Then it progressively gets later as the elevation climbs. Just like in any region. The very best riding (IMO) does not appear until July at the earliest. But there are places to ride before then... Phil's, most of Mrazek, Deschutes River Trail to Sunriver, Horse Ridge, Maston,

See the above link for maps. This is good, too.
 

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So what months are open for riding? Currently we do not have a month trails are closed, except perhaps a few summers if there is no rain.
One can ride all year around by heading east of Bend out into the desert in the winter, other than after big snowstorms. There are a few locales that provide winter trail access. The trails for which Bend is well-known are in the mountains and are therefore covered by snow.

It's not so much that our trails are closed in the winter; it's that they're buried under 3'-10' of white stuff.
 

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Hey, I've done both Phil's and Storm King recently.....on XC skis. Skied Phils on a tour from Meisner all the way back to the house. Those are just the low trails. Did Flagline yesterday in a foot and a half of powder.

The stuff to the east is usually pretty good, but if you don't ski, you are missing a big part of the Bend scene.
 

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Hey, I've done both Phil's and Storm King recently.....on XC skis. Skied Phils on a tour from Meisner all the way back to the house. Those are just the low trails. Did Flagline yesterday in a foot and a half of powder.

The stuff to the east is usually pretty good, but if you don't ski, you are missing a big part of the Bend scene.
Hey, that's pretty cool. Do you try to follow the actual trail routes or do you bushwhack it through Phil's?
 
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