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  1. #1
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    Spring Break in Bend

    I have spring break the first week of April.
    What are the trails like in and around Bend during that time?

    What is typical weather for April in Bend?


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    Bend in Early April.
    Lots of snow a higher elevations.
    People will still be skiing at Mt Bachelor (Base Elevation 6000 feet) until Late May.
    Desert Trails at low elevation near will probably be good though. .

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    Phil's trail system good. Anything above most likely still snowed in. Day time highs low 50's..

    This year, I was still XC skiing around Swampy in late April..

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    Other then Phils, are their other lower elevation trails that could keep an rider busy for a couple of days?

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    Phil's, Horse Ridge, and Peterson Ridge (in Sisters) is worth a couple of days riding.

    It's supposedly going to be another La Nina year, so expect the snow to remain well into spring like this last year.

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    The Deschutes River Trail was mostly rideable at the end of March this year. It was snowing the day we rode but most of the trail was clear and we got along fine until the snow got heavier and we decided to turn around.
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    It is really hard to generalize about Central Oregon trail conditions in the Spring.

    One thing I'd like to add that is a "sure thing" is the fact that as one approaches snow line or the "thaw level" the trail is VERY susceptible to damage from tires leaving ruts. This typically applies to the forest areas West of Bend and South of Sisters, as the elevation increases. Areas which do not see this thaw problem are Maston, Horse Ridge, Black Rock trail and other points East. Smith Rock / Gray Butte is a total crap-shoot for conditions - when it's soft out there avoid it at all costs.
    "“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." - Edward Abbey

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