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    Any trails up near Pine Mountain Observatory?

    Having lived in Bend for years, I have never heard of any biking trails up near the observatory. Actually, I have never even gone up there, period.

    There must be some trails around there, no? Has anyone really explored the area by bike?

    I know someone here biked the 8 mile dirt road to the observatory last winter, but did not mention if there were rideable trails up top.

    I'm just looking for ideas.....

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    No idea of trails, but it is SOOOO far out there, and the road is "the" way to go, and the observatory is the target for most visitors, so I would actually be surprised if there were trails on the way down. I know the canyon on the north side of the mountain that you drive up is surprisingly pretty, so there is certainly potential for a trail if someone wanted to build one. But like I said, it is pretty darned remote, so I doubt people would want to go to the effort, particularly since it gets pretty could dousing of snow, so it would not really offer much of a season outside of what we have closer in to town.

    I would be interested to hear from others, though, as the observatory is really neat, the campground is nice, so it could make a fun 1- or 2- night camping trip with riding and stars. I highly recommend going out there on a good small moon night just for the star-gazing. Lots of people with really nice scopes that love to let you try them out.

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