Sandwiched between the Cascade Mountains and high-desert landscape of Central Oregon, Bend is a mountain town known for its superlative recreation and scenery. Bend borders the Willamette & Deschutes National Forests and sits along the Deschutes River, creating a venn diagram of recreational access. This little gem in the Pacific Northwest is a world-renowned biking and trail running destination, with hundreds of miles of scenic trails and loops. Whatever your favorite activity is ”biking, rafting, hiking or skiiing" you'll have new ideas of what it means to go on a Bender.
Bend is often called "Bike Town U.S.A. due to its world-class cycling trails. Top bikers from around the country converge here in September for the USA Cycling National Championships. See why Bend lives up to the hype and check out the trails for yourself. Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway is a collection of road routes that snake through Central Oregon; four routes within the bikeway are designated Oregon Scenic Bikeways. Twin Bridges Loop is a 36-mile loop beginning and ending in downtown Bend. Pedal along woodlands on this popular bike route and take in the views of the Cascade Mountains. If you are looking for more of a workout, take the rigorous Mt. Bachelor Loop, which climbs for more than 20 miles. This route follows the queen stage of the annual Cascade Cycling Classic, the longest stage race in the country. Bendites love the Bend-Innes Market Loop located just north of Bend that combines challenging climbs with long flats along quiet country roads with views of the staggering Sister Mountains.
Still ready for more? Bend is the perfect place to do a brick. The community maintains 51 miles of in-town running trails through the Urban Trail System. Throw on your shoes and get an adrenaline fix on any of the desert routes that cut through sagebrush and volcanic rock formations. The Deschutes River Trail at Sawyer Park begins in downtown Bend and weaves through pines and junipers along the Deschutes banks. It is just one of the many reasons why Bend was named the "Best Trail Running Town" in the country.
If you want to take a slower pace, there are as many hiking trails as there are peaks in the Cascades. The hike to the 9,065-foot summit of Mt. Bachelor rewards visitors with panoramic views of the surrounding national forests and lakes. If you come back in the winter, it's a great place to make turns. The Green Lake Trail is a moderate 4.5 to 6-mile hike that follows Fall Creek among waterfalls and lava that winds through the three green lakes. Hike upstream on Tumalo Falls trail along Tumalo Creek for spectacular views at the top.
Bend has four primary river systems and an array of creeks and streams that promise amazing fishing. The Deschutes River is the primary artery for fishing excursions. Its 252 miles of rich waters brim with native Redside Rainbow Trout and Pacific Steelhead. For more of a challenge, head to Metolius River, which are home to endemic Bull Trout native to the river. Keep the water action going with a whitewater trip down the Deschutes River on Class I-III rapids as you feed your need for speed.
Local outfitters can make sure you enjoy Bend to the fullest possible extent. Cog Wild Bike Tours can prepare you for the mountain bike trails and will take you to the sweetest spots. Cog wild specializes in multi-day and private group tours. If you want to check out Bend's wilder side, connect with Deep Canyon Outfitters, which leads pheasant hunts and guided fly-fishing tours on the Deschutes River.
Recharge your batteries at The Riverhouse. This lodge located on the banks of the Deschutes River sets the standard in environmental conservation. Bite into the restaurant's award-winning steak or play on the 18-hole Championship Golf Course. Helios Eco-House is Oregon's first LEED-H Gold certified vacation rental. If you plan to travel with your pup, this sleek, modern rental is dog friendly and solar powered.
Stay on top of the action with the PAG240-1. The cool Northwest night temperatures won't rattle its low temperature resistance. Use the countdown timer to time your bike journeys. Navigate the Deschutes River without any problems, thanks to the 100M water resistant functions. Bend will be better than ever with the PAG240-1.