The cooling temps, colorful foliage and smaller crowds make for fun fall mountain biking in Bend – in fact, many consider it one of the best times of year to ride. Central Oregon is home to an array of trails that range from beginner single track with gentle meandering trails to intense, rocky, technical rides with gruelling climbs, gnarly descents and fun jumps and obstacles mixed in. There is truly something for everyone and even during the winter months you can still head out east of town and get your riding fix.

If you are visiting with your family and just want a quick, fun fall mountain bike ride that isn’t too challenging or strenuous, check out the newly opened Ticket To Ride loop that begins and ends at the Forest Service Visitors Center on Century Drive about a mile West of The Inn at 7th Mountain. Many trails can be accessed from this area and if someone in your party wants a more technical or strenuous ride they can opt to do an out and back on a neighboring trail while the rest of the group enjoys this easy loop.

With smaller children that are ‘beginner mountain bikers’ you can expect the approximately 6 mile loop to take 2.5 hours with multiple (‘Mom I need to have a rest’) stops, or much less if they are old enough to go non-stop. Intermediate bikers out on a relaxing ride should be able to finish this loop in 30-45 minutes. The beginning has some gentle ups, downs and turns, it levels out for the bulk of the ride as the trail and scenery opens up and there are one or two short climbs near the tail end. CLICK HERE to get to the MTBProject website and directory that has great interactive maps of the area that will help you find your way around the trails
Here is a quick pic of the trail around the halfway mark – as you can see it opens up to easy meandering singletrack amongst the pines. Tip: bring water and wear glasses – it can get dusty!

Half way through ‘Ticket to Ride’ Trail, Bend Oregon

There truly is a ton of fun to be had on the trails around Bend, whether you are a seasoned rider or just starting out. Enjoy the fall everyone!