Skyline Forest via Mrazek - Advanced-Intermediat­e MTB Ride!

In a recent article in the Bend Bulletin, local legend Bob Woodward promoted Skyline Forest as a throwback gem to the early days of the Phil's Trail system.  He rode the area 55 out of 65 days recently and only saw 5 other riders during that time.  BACE did one of our first longer rides in this area back in April (when we had less than 100 members) and it met with rave reviews.  Let's repeat that adventure again before the weather turns.  The details......


Here's a great advanced-intermediate ride...exploring Skyline Forest via Mrazek Trail!  From Shevlin Park, we'll ride 5 miles up Mrazek before diverting onto a rustic double-track into Skyline Forest.  We'll do a 12 mile loop of the area and return via Mrazek.  There are some technical sections along Mrazek, but the remainder of the ride will be more rolling terrain and less technical.  Skyline Forest is not maintained by COTA and feels more remote than it actually is.  The trails in Skyline Forest can be loose and sandy, adding to the technical rating.

We will ride at a moderate pace.  Ideal for the advanced-intermediate rider, or the advanced rider more interested in seeing some Central Oregon history that moving up the strava rankings.  The area has remnants of several old lumber mills and we will stop to take in the scenery and regroup as needed.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the ride specifics.

Bring a sandwich (etc.), as we'll stop along the way for lunch.


Ride Rating; Advanced-Intermediate; Endurance Rating E3.5, Technical Rating T3
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25 Miles and about 2100’ of climbing. About 4.5 hours

*Rules of the Rides*
• Approved Cycling Helmets Required.
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• All participants should be “self-sufficient” with their own food, hydration, tools, spare tubes and first aid supplies necessary for the activity.
• No dogs permitted on group rides unless inclusion is specified in the activity description.
• Cycling activities may be significantly impacted by changing conditions (rain, snow, mud, road construction, etc.). Participants should monitor activities for cancellations or changes in location/route.

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By signing up for this meetup, I agree to the following: Mountain Biking can be dangerous and cause serious bodily injury or even possibly death. The organizers of this group and its’ members will not be held responsible for the actions of any participant at any event. Each rider attends an event at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves.

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  • Siobhan

    A week of three back-to-back awesome BACE Mtn bike rides topped off by the magical Skyline Forest. Doesn't get much better. Thanks, Jay, for leading.

    October 5, 2013

  • Jay M

    Wow, Skyline Forest was in unbelievable condition! Tacky, grippy, flowy and crowd free! Thanks to everyone who joined in for this great ride and hope to see you all again soon.....

    October 5, 2013

  • Yancy

    Sorry for the no-show. Last minute family obligation came up...

    October 5, 2013

  • David S.

    Damn, this job is getting in the way of my cycling ... Have a great ride!

    October 4, 2013

  • Yancy

    I've been riding Skyline Forest a lot over the past 3 months. I love it. Rarely see anyone else. It's not like riding any of the COTA trails...

    September 27, 2013

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