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    In Bend area this weekend; anything snow-free and easy to find?

    I'm driving down from Seattle for a weekend in a cabin up by Black Butte, a bit north of Bend. Can anyone familiar with the area point me toward nice trails that are 1) free of snow, and 2) easy to find, both trailhead and route? I'd love to get in ~20 miles, happy to do multiple laps. If anyone can name trails and link to online or guidebook descriptions/maps that'd be awesome.

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    Sisters Area (likely these are still not too impacted by snow):
    Suttle Lake (short trail)
    Peterson Ridge (S of Sisters)
    Metolius/Windigo (near Black Butte)

    Maston (just S of Eagle Crest)

    Bend Area:
    Lower trails in Phils network (Phils, Bens, Kents, Lower Whoops, Voodoo, etc.
    Funner/Tiddly (down from Wanoga snow park)
    Swamp Wells & Coyote Butte (Southeast of Bend, off China Hat Road and Horse Butte Rd., respectively)
    Horse Ridge (E Hwy 20, towards Millican)
    Deschutes River Trail

    We are getting dumped on with rain, right now. If snow comes to lower levels between now and this weekend, the best options are:

    Maston
    Coyote Butte
    Horse Ridge

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    Awesome, thanks very much!

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    I'd second Peterson Ridge. The trail conditions are excellent and there should be no snow. It's never crowded, you can get in 20 miles easily, and it's close to Black Butte. There are free maps at the TH and the loop is well signed and easy to follow.
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    That sounds perfect; unless anyone has a better suggestion I'll plan to hit Peterson. Thanks for the pointers guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewBird View Post
    That sounds perfect; unless anyone has a better suggestion I'll plan to hit Peterson. Thanks for the pointers guys!
    Have fun and give us an update on how your ride went.

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    Many thanks for the recommendation of Peterson; I rode there both Saturday and Sunday, and had a fantastic time both days. The trails were in near-ideal condition, no snow of any kind, no dust to speak of, nice and grippy. Great views from a few of the overlooks too. I managed a full loop of the main trails (~20 miles I think?) both days. What a great trail system.In Bend area this weekend; anything snow-free and easy to find?-img_1342.jpg

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    Thanks for the update.

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    I figure I'd just add on to this instead of starting a new thread. I will be in Bend over Christmas do the same recommendations still pretty much hold true or is there anything I should avoid?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockdude14 View Post
    I figure I'd just add on to this instead of starting a new thread. I will be in Bend over Christmas do the same recommendations still pretty much hold true or is there anything I should avoid?

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    This is pretty much it for the next few months:

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    Re: In Bend area this weekend; anything snow-free and easy to find?

    I will be visiting over new years. Is there a popular shop to rent a bike for this Peterson loop? (Which sounds beautiful)
    Thanks in advance.
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    Matt in Bend, Oregon

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    Quote Originally Posted by dualsport650 View Post
    I went in to Eurosports this fall and was very unimpressed. The 1 employee working on a Saturday had absolutely no knowledge about bikes. He admitted that nearly all of their fall and winter business is ski rentals, so the bike guys only work in the summer. After my experience, several people have recommended Blazin Saddles Bike Shop - Ride to Live ? Live to Ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by squareback View Post
    I will be visiting over new years. Is there a popular shop to rent a bike for this Peterson loop? (Which sounds beautiful)
    Thanks in advance.
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    Note Petersons ridge network is closed as of a few days ago due to mud and thawing.

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    Re: In Bend area this weekend; anything snow-free and easy to find?

    Quote Originally Posted by sketchbook View Post
    Note Petersons ridge network is closed as of a few days ago due to mud and thawing.
    OK. I don't poach in other peoples backyards. I can see the weather forecast and closing it makes sense.

    Any other good trails you might nominate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by squareback View Post
    OK. I don't poach in other peoples backyards. I can see the weather forecast and closing it makes sense.

    Any other good trails you might nominate?

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    Sure. Maston is riding great. Smith rock/grey butte. Radlands.

    Smith has some wet sections on the back Sides so you will leant to hit it early. It's an awesome ride. About 20 miles of amazing views.

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    Given the weather, are studded tires overkill?

    Should I just stick with the nobby nics i have on?

    thanks in advance, never seen so many mountain bikes and cars without snowboards heading over Hood!

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    Maston was a great ride! Dry and fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    I went in to Eurosports this fall and was very unimpressed. The 1 employee working on a Saturday had absolutely no knowledge about bikes. He admitted that nearly all of their fall and winter business is ski rentals, so the bike guys only work in the summer. After my experience, several people have recommended Blazin Saddles Bike Shop - Ride to Live ? Live to Ride
    Casey & Eric at Blazin Saddles are easily two of the best MTB techs in Central Oregon in terms of mechanical knowledge and customer service. I live in Bend and those two gentlemen are the only techs allowed to touch my $10k plus Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc - period.
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    Anyone been out to Smith in the last couple of days? Dried out yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    Anyone been out to Smith in the last couple of days? Dried out yet?
    Yeah rode the smith and grey butte loop on saturday (was perfect), but the grey butte singletrack on the SW side of the butte was half frozen.

    Rode it again yesterday and that section of singletrack that was frozen has now thawed. Was a mess.

    I advise avoiding that portion of trail or riding the road that it parallels.

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    Horse Ridge and Horse Butte are riding amazing right now! Both are on the Bend trail map by Adventure Maps. Maston as well is in great condition.
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