MTB Oregon or bust

Discussion in 'Riding Areas Outside of NJ' started by woody, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. 2Julianas

    2Julianas Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    New York
    So in a fit of inspiration, Mark and I are thinking of planning a trip to Bend as well. We know we want to leave the area once the kids are all off to college and we want to start visiting potential places. This summer, August (hoping that is OK weather too). I sent a pm to Ruth (rocknrollgirl) for her condo info. Fogerson - any other recommendations? Best way to get there?
     
  2. rocknrollgirl

    rocknrollgirl Well-Known Member

    Got it, will go check now....

    pm sent with info
     
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  3. Fogerson

    Fogerson Former Resident Nerd

    Location:
    Portland OR
    All the cool places I know of are captured in the list I posted previously.

    If you wanted to get to close to Bend as possible on a plane, you'd want to fly into Redmond, OR. You'd probably connect through Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco.

    If you wanted a nice drive and a couple of neat riding places before getting to Bend, fly into Portland and drive to Bend over Hwy 26. It will take you right past Sandy Ridge and set you up for several other excursion good places like Surveyors Ridge (which I think Julian mentioned earlier) -- a bit out the way still, but a nice drive through the sticks.

    When I lived in NJ, I usually flew one of the few United direct flights to Portland out of Newark--in the summer I'd drive to Bend (would see a few friends in Portland then take a nice morning drive through the mountains) and in the winter I'd connect to Redmond.
     
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  4. pixychick

    pixychick JORBA: Ringwood JORBA.ORG

    I rode the Mackenzie River Trail for the first time just a few days ago, and it is amazing! ...giant trees, lava rock, 100 foot gushing water falls, clear blue lakes, crystal blue pools and swooping trails.
     
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  5. Magpi

    Magpi New Member

    Location:
    Northern NJ
    I will be in Bend next week. Any new advice or suggestions? Need to rent 1 bike and find a decent place to stay.
     
  6. Fogerson

    Fogerson Former Resident Nerd

    Location:
    Portland OR
    Funny thing...since I've moved back to Oregon I've barely done any mountain biking. I live in Portland and ya' gotta drive a bit to anything decent...so I live on road/gravel bikes. 'Have ridden in Bend a few times, but not on the MTB. Sad, I know.

    As far as bike rentals, I think most of the larger shops have a variety. Hutch's, Sunnyside sports, and Pine Mountain sports have been around forever (that latter purports to have the largest rental fleet).

    As far as riding, there is the whole phil's complex and some nice trips (I hear) if you hop a Cog Wild shuttle up near Mt. Bachelor. There is also the McKenzie river shuttle as well.

    Sorry, I am a Bend native. I haven't ridden a mtb there in over 20 years. I'm kinda useless beyond what I've scribbled above...

    All else fails, swing a dead cat around when you get there and you'll find a hardcore that can point you to all the right places :)

    As far as hotels, there is everything you can imagine as it is a resort town. I'd suggest looking at reviews for places that are in your price range and go from there; since Mom still lives there I've only stayed in a hotel once -- The Inn @ the Seventh Mountain. The room wasn't much nicer than a motel 6...but cost 3 times as much so that was awesome ;)
     
  7. Magpi

    Magpi New Member

    Location:
    Northern NJ
    Thanks so much. I'm in Portland right now. I'm at St Johns Beer Porch. Pretty cool place, just like Portland.

    My daughter and I booked an AirBNB in Bend and I'm renting from Pine Mt. They have a great selection and will do 1/2 day!

    Next day, we're taking the McKenzie shuttle. Then the hot springs and camping.

    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated!
     
  8. Delish

    Delish Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    North Jersey
    Pine Mountian Sports will point you in the right direction.
    Great info here too: http://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8009867/bend

    10 years Phil's was paradise but there are so many great new trials in Bend that make Phil's seems pretty pedestrian in comparison. Funner-tiddlywinks & Tylers would make a great half-day.
     
  9. MuniMan

    MuniMan Member

    Location:
    Bergen County
    My sister just moved to Bend and we are going to visit for two weeks in August. Some riding is definitely on the agenda.
     
  10. Magpi

    Magpi New Member

    Location:
    Northern NJ
    I used Pine Mt Sports and they were great. We didn't have enough time to spend in Bend, so another trip next year is in order.
     
  11. MuniMan

    MuniMan Member

    Location:
    Bergen County
    We rode from Tumalo Falls to Phils Trailhead today. It was good riding all the way. Did whoops twice. Got my nephew out for his first MTB ride, and he is the one who lives in Bend. He has no idea how good his first MTB ride really was.

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  12. ReggieHammond

    ReggieHammond Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Allamuchy
    @jdgang @JohneeOxford
     
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  13. Fogerson

    Fogerson Former Resident Nerd

    Location:
    Portland OR
    Somebody buy my damn house in Portland so I can buy a place in Bend already....ugh...

    Oh, hey gang. I'm not dead.
     
  14. chemgirl

    chemgirl Member

    Location:
    Hunterdon County
    I did the Highcascades 100 last year. 104 miles of single track! Hard pack sandy trails or porous volcanic rock. Nothing like NJ. Not necessarily technical but fast and flowy. They even end the race with a flow trail (NJ is too litigious to have trails like that). I highly recommend Bend! Not only is the riding unique and awesome, the town itself it's pretty sweet. If you want to get your DH on, you have that option as well. Weather is pretty much good from June to September.
     
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