Swede Ridge Loop Trail For Mountain Biking
The 18th most popular mountain bike trail in Oregon.
Saturday 2 July 2016 01:46 GMT
West of Bend in the Deschutes National Forest, the Swede Ridge Loop Trail is a must mountain bike ride. To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Bend, head west SR 46 (Cascade Lakes Hwy) for 16 miles to the Swampy Lakes Sno-Park and park here. The route begins at the north end of the parking lot across from the restrooms. Follow the single track (9 mi./400) that leaves the Sno-Park and take the first trail to your turn. At the road head straight onto FS 080, which climbs slightly and then descends about 1.5 miles to FS 4615. Turn left and follow this road for about 0.25 mile to FS 100 and turn left FS 100 heads northward then curves around to the northeast. As you approach the climb up Swede Ridge head through the gate and then bear left at the fork. Swede RWge trail crosses FS 100 at the very crest of the ridge. Take the trail on your left, a single track that quickly enters the forest. The trail to your right leads to Swede ridge Shelter and then private land. A mile through the trees leads to a long, steep climb. Then a 0.75 mile descent will bring you to the east end of the Swampy Lakes Meadow. The trail is indistinct here so bear to your left at the cross country ski signpost and pick up the trail that skirts the edge of the meadow. Within a short distance you reach the Swampy Lakes Cutoff Trail. Take the Cutoff Trail to your right for about 0.3 mile to its junction with the Swampy Lakes Trail. Turn left and follow the Swampy Lakes Trail back to the trailhead.
Overall, Swede Ridge Loop Trail is the 18th most popular mountain bike trail of all 56 mountain biking rides in Oregon. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Swede Ridge Loop Trail including 420 Loop Trail, Deschutes River Trails, Phils Trail Loop, Sparks Lake/Lava Lakes Trail, Tangent/QS 1041 and Charlton Lake Loop TrailCultus Lake Loop Trail.