One of the most rewarding long loops from the Phil's trailhead.

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1,190

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1,190

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9

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Moderate

Description

If you’re looking for an ultra-distance loop run in Bend with rewarding singletrack and beautiful views, this is it! This epic 33-mile loop ride begins from the primary Phil’s trailhead and climbs a series of standard trails through the trail system: Ben’s -> Pine Drops -> Skyliner’s -> Tumalo Creek.

These classic Phil’s trails provide delightful uphill running on swoopy, smooth singletrack as you slowly ascend the slanted mesa toward Tumalo Falls. From Tumalo Falls, you’ll tackle the main climb of the route up North Fork.

While you’ll begin by passing the astounding vista of Tumalo Falls, North Fork continues to reward with stunning views of thundering cascades in a narrow gorge, views of the rushing stream, and an endless parade of waterfalls as you continue climbing up the trail.

The stunning views definitely help the time to pass more quickly. Once at the top of North Fork, take a right on Mrazek and run through lush meadows as you finish out the climb. The upper section of Mrazek is fast and wide open, with some good views from the top of the ridge of the valley below.

If you can tear yourself away from this rad 13-mile downhill, take some time to enjoy the viewpoints higher up. Tight and twisty is the name of the game on the lower section of Mrazek, as the climate dries out and the singletrack twists and turns through tight scrub oak. Lower down, the trail system gets more intricate, with a spiderweb of singletrack both signed and unsigned.

Be sure to download this route for offline use so you can navigate the most efficient way back to the trailhead, or if you want some bonus miles, spend some time exploring the myriad trails!