This Backcountry Adventure is comprised of riding in the Old Cascades Crest Crest, both North and South as well as the McKenzie River area. This zone of riding is one of Oregon’s most remote and raw places to ride your Mountain Bike. Nestled next to the Middle Santiam Wilderness, the Old Cascades Crest is a 42 Mile Backcountry Lollipop just an hour west of Bend Oregon, 2 hours from Oakridge and just north of McKenzie River. Because of the close proximity of the Old Cascades Crest to the McKenzie River riding complex, we pair the two together to create an incredible adventure and a great sample of PNW riding.
You’ll experience unique views of Mt Jefferson, 3 Finger Jack and the Three Sisters from the west side, a side you rarely see while mountain biking the Willamette. We’ve navigated this area extensively and have put together an incredible tour in an area few ride. Expect daily shuttles so we can maximize our day. Don’t worry though, there will be plenty of pedaling as this area demands an effort to reach the many peaks we’ll be ascending. Buried Deep in the cascades, expect good dirt, big descents and big climbs. This maybe the finest example of the Cascade bio region, with Green Moss, deep loam, and high alpine lakes to cool down post ride. The window to ride here is short, so take advantage while you can!
(PER DAY AVG.)
Estimated Mileage: 20 Miles
We discuss each day’s ride together, and we have the ability to adjust our rides based on how the group is feeling.
Day Trip Includes:
- A Mountain Bike Adventure
- Hosted By Professional Guides on the Willamette National Forest
- Shuttles and Airport Transportation
- A Collaborative Menu Prepared by Your Personal Chef – All Meals Included
- Tent and Sleeping Pad – Unites States Forest Service Fees Included
- Beer, Cocktails, Wine, Lacroix and other tasty beverages
- Campfires, Chairs and a whole bunch of Camp Games
- Hot Showers
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon
Belknap Hot Springs Lodge and Gardens
ALL INCLUSIVE DETAILS
All of our multi-day private trips include full service so you can just focus on the ride.
PRIVATE GUIDE AND TOUR
Our guides are all professional riders, certified in First Aid/CPR, and outfitted with Satellite communication. They’re also just fun people to be around, they make a good cocktail and will show you some of the best damn trails you’ve ever ridden.
AIRPORT / SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION
We’ll arrange plans to pick you up from the airport and drop you off. We’ll also take care of all transportation in between. All you need to do is make it to the airport, all logistics otherwise are handled by us.
MSR TENT WITH SLEEPING PAD
We supply each rider with their own roomy MSR tent and Thermarest sleeping pad. Bring your sleeping bag and a pillow and we’ll dial the rest in.
We have an on demand hot water shower we set up for each tour. We also camp by pristine natural bodies of water, so depending on the weather, the nearby lake or river may be the way to go. Regardless, we’ll make sure you have a place to clean up each day.
CAMPFIRES AND GAMES
We’ll make sure we have plenty of firewood to get us through the trip, have big fires and make plenty of smores. We’ll also make sure the Red Rider BB Guns, the Tomahawks’ and the Cornhole is packed and ready to go. After a good days ride and some time by the lake, we’ll inevitably need to apply our compulsive competitive behavior to a friendly game of medieval weaponry. GAME ON!
FOOD AND DRINKS
We partner with a number of Oregon’s Top Chefs to provide you with an incredible culinary experience throughout your trip. Carnivorous, Vegetarian and Vegan menus are available. Each morning you’ll wake up to a hot or cold breakfast of your choice. Lunch and Snacks are prepared for you to take on your ride each day. After a good day of riding the bike, we’ll sit down by the table to eat a well prepared meal with each other. The menu also includes beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages to quench your thirst. We want to get this right, so please let us know what you’d like to see so we can make it happen.
with The Old Cascades Crest
This was a huge project during the summer of 2017 to uncover some of Oregons Hidden Trail Gold. To read more about our collaboration with our community and how this ride came to be, check out this write up from Allan Cooke at Santa Cruz Bicycles.
The Old Cascade Crest was the crest of the Old Cascades around 300k years ago. The new Cascade Crest is made up of all of the volcanos we see in today’s backdrop, like Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Bacheor and Mt. Hood. Kinda cool to think this was the high point of the Cascades at one time, and now we’re riding it.
The trail system was constructed between 1930 and 1950, and was first built by the CCC and later completed by the USFS. These trails were originally created as a transportation network between fire towers; fire towers were on most peaks in the Old Cascade Crest Network. These trails were also used for animal grazing and gold mining at one point. What’s now super remote and feels really deep, once had thousands of people living there mining for gold. It’s still one of the most active hobby mining areas in the Willamette.
The network was finished as recent as the mid 90’s where the USFS connected all of these trails. The Three Pyramids, North Crescent and South Pyramid Creek Trail were all built or re-discovered in the mid 90’s, and those 3 trails make the network connected. The South Pyramid Creek Trail was an old Native American Pathway that was discovered in the process of the trails development…. you can just imagine the history in this area and how many different people have used it throughout history. It’s been dormant for the past 20 years, with very little use… and now it’s your turn to see what it’s all about.