Near Bend in the Deschutes National Forest, the Sparks Lake/Lava Lakes Trail is a challenging 23.5 mile single-track and pavement mountain bike ride for a beginner who should be in good shape and prepared to mountain bike ride over some rough rocks. The scenery is beautiful as the trail winds its way through forests of lodgepole pine.
Follow the trail signs for Hosmer Lake. After crossing a gravel road, you will mountain bike ride through 3 miles of lava formations along a single track with rocky and sandy sections. For quite a while Mt. Bachelor appears through the tops of the trees, usually over your left shoulder. After passing the trail coming in from Todd Creek on your left, continue on to the junction of the Quinn Meadow trail, approximately 3 miles ahead, and bear left. The single track continues to rise and fall through the trees, passing by a couple of small meadows. Follow the trail to Lava Lakes, about 3.5 more miles ahead. At Lava Lakes you can return to the trailhead at Sparks Lake by retracing your route or continue along the route by taking the first right at the end of Lava Lake and riding through the Lava Lakes Campground to Hwy 46. Turn right onto Hwy 46 and follow the paved road 13.5 miles to Sparks Lake.
Trailhead: Drive 25 miles west of Bend on Hwy 46 (Cascade Lakes Hwy) to Sparks Lake. Turn left toward Sparks Lake and follow the road to your left 0.1 mile to the trailhead on your left and park here.
Overall, Sparks Lake/Lava Lakes Trail is the 15th most popular mountain bike trail of all 55 mountain biking rides in Oregon.