Flowy singletrack among lakes, volcanoes, and the eastern slope of the Cascade Range - this is one of the most accessible sections of the Oregon Timber Trail.
Stewarded by the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance
Managed by the deschutes National Forest
* Following the bikepacking Roots rating scale
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In the words of the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance, “the Deschutes Tier takes you over to the dry, volcanic eastern flank of the Cascade Range. Bend is famous for its large network of world-class mountain bike trails and the Oregon Timber Trail takes advantage of them as it leaves Waldo Lake and winds its way through the Cascade Lakes region and around Mt. Bachelor.” This section of trail, like the entirety of the Oregon Timber Trail, is recommended to be ridden from south to north.
Instead of rehashing how spectacular this route is, we’ll refer you over to the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance’s very detailed page about the Deschutes Tier.
Photos by Gabriel Tiller
This route follows multi-use trails. Please practice Leave No Trace, be courteous to all trail users. Bikes always yield to horses and hikers.