I got to this trail at around 7:30pm on a summer night, and figured
I'd give it a whirl. I'd heard good things about Phil's Trail,
and I needed a place to bike near Bend while I was staying there for
work. I threw my bike in the van and off I went. The
trail was mostly hard-packed fast track singletrack, with banks
around the corners. There was a bit of doubletrack and road riding,
but not too much. The first half was mostly uphill, and since
I hadn't eaten that day, I was struggling a bit by mile four.
There were few steep climbs, just constant incline. The area
was open pine forest (in true Bend style), and was lacking in varied
Finally, I hit the descents, and my adrenaline
was pumping. I zoomed through the ups and downs without
missing a stride, and the banked corners were great. The trail
is well marked, and you just need to make sure to stay on the right
trail, as Kent's Trail and several others zigzag around the area.
I finished out the run, after going full-tilt for the entire trail,
before dark. I was beat, but I felt great.
This trail was fast and fun, with smooth,
hard-packed runs, lots of ups and downs, sharp turns with banked
corners, and no hard climbing. I would love to do this trail
again next time I'm in Bend.