Summit Trail For Mountain Biking

The 30th most popular mountain bike trail in Oregon.

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Near Prineville in the Ochoco National Forest, the historic Summit Trail (74 miles long) is ideal as a mountain bike route. The total route can be utilized for week-long bike packtrip, or can be ridden in segments as day rides from many starting points. The Summit Trail was originally a pack trail that traversed the complete summit of the Ochoco Mountains, from McKay Creek near Prineville to the South Fork of the John Day River. The route was widened in places to facilitate wagons and motor cars (1920s), and widened even later to facilitate timber harvesting. Nevertheless, this route offers a variety of excellent riding through three Ranger District, skirting the edges of three Wildernesses and accessing several primitive and developed campgrounds.

Overall, Summit Trail is the 30th most popular mountain bike trail of all 56 mountain biking rides in Oregon. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Summit Trail including Lookout Mountain Trail, Green Mountain Trail, Cougar Creek Trail, Mt. Pisgah/Indian Praire Trail, Rock Creek Trail and Round Mountain TrailSpanish Peak.


Local Contact(s):  ONF (503) 416-6500; Oregon Tourism (800) 547-7842.

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  8/14/2016

ID:  6396


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