Women's Mountain Bike Ride, Skyline Forest

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Jen Zalewski for a 12 mile women's mountain bike ride in Skyline Forest. This ride is open to intermediate-level* riders who want to explore the crowd-free riding of Skyline Forest at a mellow pace, while learning about the potential trail network that could connect Bend and Sisters. From freshwater springs to historic lumber mills, riders will experience firsthand why the Land Trust is working to protect Skyline Forest, Bend's backyard. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

*Intermediate-level riders are riders in good physical condition and comfortable riding in areas of loose dirt and sandy soil. Riders should be able to ride over obstacles in the trail such as rocks and vegetation. This ride does not take place on smooth, well-packed trails. It is a mix of logging roads and trails with some climbs and descents. We will make frequent stops to take in the scenery.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Ride Rating: This is an intermediate, 10-12 mile mountain bike ride on gravel roads and singletrack trails. You should be comfortable riding singletrack, but be ready for fun stops to smell the roses. Be ready to ride over loose gravel and obstacles in the trail on a mix of logging roads and trails with some climbs and descents. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Route: Route details to be announced.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is moderate elevation gain/loss on this ride.

  • What to Bring

    Your bike, helmet, a bike repair kit, plenty of water, and snacks. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Skyline Forest is a privately-owned forest between Bend and Sisters, Oregon. This 33,000 acre tree farm was historically known as the Bull Springs Tree Farm, and the Deschutes Land Trust has been working for a decade to conserve the forest for the local community. Surrounded by state and federal lands, Skyline Forest contains important wildlife habitat, tremendous recreation opportunities and protects the scenic green foothills that set off the Central Oregon Cascades.