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Deschutes River Trail 
(Bend)

Peterson Ridge
(Sisters)

Phil's Trail
(Bend)

Phil's Helipad
(Bend)

East Fork Hood River
(Mt. Hood)

Suttle Lake
(Sisters)

Timothy Lake
(Mt. Hood)

Tumalo Falls
(Bend)

 


Phil's Helipad

Length: 21 miles
Type: Figure-8
Duration: 3 to 5 Hours
Elevation Gain: 1480 Feet
Photos:

Phil's Trail TrailheadManzanita AboundsZoom through the manzanitaBealle Man's TrailGetting Ready for Downhill Action!

To Reach:

From Portland, take US-26 East over Mt. Hood and take State Highway 97 south to Bend.  Once in Bend, take Franklin Avenue (by the Safeway) west.  Franklin becomes Northwest Riverside Blvd.  At 1.2 miles, turn right onto Northwest Tumalo Ave.  Tumalo will become NW Galveston Ave, and then Skyliners Road.  At 4.5 miles, you'll see a little brown sign with a bike on it pointing down Forest Road 220 (may now be marked as FR 4604).  Follow the sign and turn left onto the gravel road.    At 4.9 miles, turn right and then immediately left into a dirt parking area.



Trip Report:


I couldn't wait to hit this trail, as last time I was in Bend, I bolted up Phil's Trail and had a total blast!  Unfortunately, I had difficulty from the get-go.  My tires had gotten low since my last ride, and when I went to pump them up, my pump broke.  Then, as I set out up the trail, my seat came loose.  I tried to tighten it, but my wrench broke!  I would not be deterred, however.  I borrowed a pump and a wrench, and was on my way.  

The ride starts out along Phil's Trail, so follow the well-marked signs up a gravel road, up a singletrack trail, and through some freshly logged area up and down a rollercoaster ride and some fairly level ground, until hitting the red cinder road called FR-300 at 5.8 miles.    Turn right and bolt down the hill, and up the steep other side, then down again to a fork at 6.3 miles, where on the right side of the trail facing West, you'll see signs marking the bottom of the Whoops Trail. 

Turn left now on FR-310, an old doubletrack.    Continue riding straight ahead, through an open pine forest until you reach a T intersection, where you turn right on FR-4615.  At 10.1 miles, turn right at a four-way onto FR-300, then up a hill and right onto an unmarked singletrack to the ride's high point.  

From here, let the fun begin!  Bomb through the manzanita jungles, passing Phil's Trail and hooking up with Kent's Trail for a while.  You can vary the route on any of several intersecting trails you pass along the way.  The ride back is a blast, and the nearly 11 miles goes by SO fast.  This is what mountain biking in Bend is famous for.

As you head down FR-300, you'll see a sign on the right as you head up the hill.  This is not the trail, I found out the hard way.  I saw the sign marked "H" and followed it.  Wrong Move!  After a bit of excellent singletrack, I saw several signs marked "Detour", and large portions of the trail were blocked off by logging.   Ignoring the signs, as it was nearly 7:00 and all logging activity had ceased for the evening, I ended up running into humongous log piles as far as the eye could see, blocking the trail completely.  I carried my bike over several, but that only revealed more.  Eventually, I carried uphill and hooked up with Beale Man's trail (a fun stretch of manzanita-ridden singletrack), which took me back to Phil's Trail, which I rode back to the trailhead, completely missing half my ride.

Watch out for the logging, but other than that, this trail was a blast, and I highly recommend it.  The only thing missing from this ride was the views that many of the other rides offer.  It is primarily open pine forest and manzanita, with little or no mountain views.  Who cares?  You're going too fast to stop for the views anyway!


 

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