• Phil's Fall Trail Love #1 (Lower)

    Phil's Trailhead

    ***Meet at Phil's Trailhead parking lot. Look for the COTA sign.
    ***Kiddo's and friendly dogs are welcome!
    ***If AQI is 150 or higher in the morning, this specific event will be cancelled. We will update via the comments below.

    Phil's trail is arguably one of the most well-known and popular mountain bike trails in our playground to the west of Bend. Created by Phil Meglasson and others in the 1980’s, the trail started life as a simple game trail. This year, after a season of heavy use, the whole trail is in need of some TLC before the first snowfall.

    We are posting this as separate events, starting at different points along the trail to accomplish as much as we can. Depending on the size of the volunteer group, we will split into smaller work parties to follow required COVID protocols so that we can tackle different sections of the trail in parallel.

    Agenda:
    - Safety briefing
    - Trail Stewardship overview
    - Trail Work overview
    - Getting your hands dirty, which will likely include: drain clearing and
    repair, improving sight-lines through brush trimming and removal,
    minor tread repair, removal of illegal "social" side trails

    What to bring:
    - Water
    - Snacks (we will break half-way through)
    - Wear sturdy shoes.
    - Long pants
    - Work gloves
    - Mask (although outdoors, some work may involve close-quarters work
    with others, so please be prepared).

    Be ready to work hard and...have some FUN!

    All tools and a safety helmet will be provided.

  • Phil's Fall Trail Love #2 (Upper)

    Skyliners Road & National Forest Development Road 4610

    Phil's trail is arguably one of the most well-known and popular mountain bike trails in our playground to the west of Bend. Created by Phil Meglasson and others in the 1980’s, the trail started life as a simple game trail. This year, after a season of heavy use, the whole trail is in need of some TLC before the first snowfall.

    We are posting this as separate events, starting at different points along the trail to accomplish as much as we can. Depending on the size of the volunteer group, we will split into smaller work parties to follow required COVID protocols so that we can tackle different sections of the trail in parallel.

    Agenda:
    - Safety briefing
    - Trail Stewardship overview
    - Trail Work overview
    - Getting your hands dirty, which will likely include: drain clearing and
    repair, improving sight-lines through brush trimming and removal,
    minor tread repair, removal of illegal "social" side trails

    What to bring:
    - Water
    - Snacks (we will break half-way through)
    - Wear sturdy shoes.
    - Long pants
    - Work gloves
    - Mask (although outdoors, some work may involve close-quarters work
    with others, so please be prepared).

    Be ready to work hard and...have some FUN!

    All tools and a safety helmet will be provided.

  • Constructing the New Chain Reaction Mountain Bike Trail

    Conklin Road

    Please join us this Saturday morning for a work party on the new Chain Reaction mountain bike trail, located just west of Sunriver.

    The focus of this project will be to continue removing the duff (pine needles and other material) to expose the dirt that will eventually become the tread for the new trail. This is an exciting part of the trail-building process as you'll begin to see the new trail take shape.

    COTA will provide all of the tools and safety helmets. Volunteers should wear long pants, heavy shoes, work gloves, safety glasses and bring water and snacks. We'll enjoy refreshments after the work party provided by COTA.

    Plan on meeting at 10 am sharp at the intersection of Forest Road 41/Conklin Road and Forest Road 280. From Bend, this location is approximately seven miles south of the turnoff from Century Drive onto FR 41/Conklin Road, and from the Sunriver area about 4.5 miles north of the turnoff onto FR 41 from Spring River Road.

    Please be on time because we'll be caravaning via our cars to the work site. The roads are fairly primitive, so cars with high clearance, like an SUV or truck, are recommended.

  • SoDeCo Chapter Meeting

    52670 US-97

    This month we are holding the SoDeCo Chapter meeting at Legend Cider in La Pine (please note the start time at 5 pm and Wednesday meeting date). We'll be at the outdoor picnic area directly behind the cidery. Be sure to dress warm!

    At this meeting we'll talk about our accomplishments for this year, and preview our goals for 2022. Plan on enjoying the wonderful Legend cider and we'll have pizza for everyone. Please be sure to RSVP so we know how many people will be attending.

    This will be our last Chapter meeting for 2021. We'll start up again after the first of the year.