Bend, Oregon USA * October 2010
Chris Bender and I “Jim Connolly” just arrived back to the Biggest Little City from an Amazing time in Bend Oregon.
we road with Patrick from Cog Wild Tours, started in the rain at Mt. Bachelor from Dutchman’s Flat, to the flag line. There was some steep short climbs, and then over to Swampy Lake Snow Hut, The Fire was hot as we were soaked to the bone, but ready for more! When we left the hut we encountered sweeping turns through the Manzanita on Sweed Ridge Loop.
We road another hour to the Shooting Star Snow Hut, where we had a fancy sandwich from a deli in town. We finished and headed down hill through the upper Whoops Trail, we enjoyed technical terrain along with table tops, jumps and more big turns! It was fun and fabulous! lower Whoops Trail was more of the same.
We ended with Kent’s Trail which finished up at Phil’s Trailhead for a total of 32 great miles!!!
We started the day at Phil’s Trailhead and we rode Ben’s, Kent’s and Phil’s Trails. Beginner to Expert would enjoy this ride.
After a hearty breakfast we met once again at Cog Wild Tours for a 50 mile shuttle ride to the McKenzie Trail. We started around 10:00 am at the trailhead which soon put us along Clear Lake and indeed it was you could see at least 15 feet down! We road the Lava Trail on the left side of the lake, to find plenty of switchbacks and rocks, the right side of the lake is much easier to navigate. We then crossed the highway into some nasty climbs in the lava. Shalie Falls was next, it was a beautiful 60 to 80 foot drop, where we enjoyed the views and went on to Koosah Falls. As the miles passed the river became a distant memory as it dead ends right into the mountain.
The river then comes up approximately 3 miles down the trail and comes up to Blue Pool, we had a few more miles of tough riding and then 18 miles of the smoothest single track you’ll ever ride!