Phils Trail Loop For Mountain Biking
The 7th most popular mountain bike trail in Oregon.
Thursday 30 June 2016 01:46 GMT
West of Bend in the Deschutes National Forest, the Phils Trail Loop is an 11 mile all dirt route combining double and single track. It is marked with brown fiberglass blazes.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Bend, head west on Skyliners Road for 2.5 miles until you reach a paved road on your left. Go 0.5 mile on this road to the old Brooks-Scanlon Logging Road (FS 4606) and park at this junction near the gate and begin the loop.
Head west on the Brooks-Scanlon road and turn left on an abandoned road 0.25 mile from the trailhead. Follow this road 0.25 to the junction of another road and bear left Continue winding along this road till you come to a cinder pit and turn right onto FS 020. Bear left at the first fork and mountain bike ride to the junction with a cinder road. Turn right onto this road (FS 030) and continue along this road to a pumice pit. Watch for the road to continue to the left of the pumice pit. 0.5 mile past the pumice pit you will come to the junction of another road where you will head straight. This road will turn into a trail and climb up through a canyon. At the top you will cross FS 4610. Bear left at the first fork in the trail and continue along this trail for approximately 2.5 miles. Finally, leave the trail and take a right down the 3rd road and follow this for a short distance and take a right onto FS 360, which will bring you to FS 900. Bear right and follow FS 900 till it meets FS 4610, head left and follow this for 0.25 mile to a road on the right just before you get to Skyliners road. Follow this road, as it enters the Big Burn, head left at the first fork. Skirt the forests edge and take the first left through the bum onto an old abandoned road. Remain on this road by bearing to the left at the next four junctions to arrive back at the Brooks-Scanlon Road where you will turn right to get back to the trailhead.
Overall, Phils Trail Loop is the 7th most popular mountain bike trail of all 56 mountain biking rides in Oregon. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Phils Trail Loop including 420 Loop Trail, Deschutes River Trails, Sparks Lake/Lava Lakes Trail, Tangent/QS 1041, Charlton Lake Loop Trail and Cultus Lake Loop TrailKetchketch Butte/Browns Mountain Route.