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Peterson Ridge Trail Loop


A quintessential cross-country MTB gem departing directly from the outskirts of Sisters.

Mountain Biking Moderate

28 km
290 m
290 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
977 m
High Point
1.2 km
Peterson Ridge Trail Loop Map

The Peterson Ridge Trails in Sisters aren't nearly as well-known as the Phil's Trails in Bend, and yet they provide a very similar ride experience with easy, swoopy singletrack through the ponderosa pine forest. In addition to the swoopy singletrack, this loop provides stupendous views of the surrounding volcanoes! Indeed, Sisters' location to the north of Bend opens up much more spectacular views of the neighboring peaks of Mount Washington, Three Fingered Jack, and Black Butte, while also providing views down to the Three Sisters near Bend.


The ride begins right from the edge of town and can be accessed via a quick pedal from downtown. The trail starts off mellow before the steepness of the hillside kicks up a bit as you climb higher onto the mesa. That said, the climbing is quite mellow on this loop, logging a mere 950 vertical feet in 17 miles round-trip.

As yoi ride, you'll note numerous trails bisecting this loop, which provide the possibility to shorten it if you need. But if you get all the way to the southwestern end of this loop, you'll be greeted by the most incredible views, thanks to a steep hillside that's been carved away over the eons by the stream below.

From here, the trail experiences a few more rocks as it rolls along the top of the ridge, but overall, this ride is extremely non-technical. It's the quintessential cross-country mountain bike ride.

The descent off the ridge does have its moments, with fast, flowing turns through the woods, but it's over pretty quick and—due to the mellow grades—is still fairly pedally. While perhaps Phil's has better downhill rewards than Peterson Ridge, this is still an absolute cross-country mountain biking gem that you need to get out and ride!



Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and November


  • Flow
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Rock Gardens