Cultus Lake Loop

Bend, Oregon

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After completing this ride around Cultus Lake, you will feel like your trip to this corner of the forest has been well rewarded. This loop is reason enough to plan a trip to this neck of the woods. Most of the ride is on single-track. The first section, Deer Lake Trail, take you past Little Cultus Lake, then around the west flank of Cultus Mountain to Deer Lake. The trail here is suburb, with a smooth tread and some sweet, mild descents through the woods. There is a nice beach at primitive West Cultus Lake Campground; it's a great spot for a break. The view across the lake is nice, especially to the southeast, where Cultus Mountain rises from the water's edge. The trailhead is approximately 40 miles southwest of Bend and about 30 miles northwest of La Pine.

Cultus Lake Loop Professional Review and Guide

"After completing this ride around Cultus Lake, you will feel like your trip to this corner of the forest has been well rewarded. This loop is reason enough to plan a trip to this neck of the woods. Most of the ride is on single-track. The first section, Deer Lake Trail, take you past Little Cultus Lake, then around the west flank of Cultus Mountain to Deer Lake.

The trail here is suburb, with a smooth tread and some sweet, mild descents through the woods. There is a nice beach at primitive West Cultus Lake Campground; it's a great spot for a break. The view across the lake is nice, especially to the southeast, where Cultus Mountain rises from the water's edge. The trailhead is approximately 40 miles southwest of Bend and about 30 miles northwest of La Pine."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 780 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late spring and the fall are best, busy in summer
Trailhead Elevation: 4,690 feet
Top Elevation: 5,000 feet
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest, Bend Ranger District 541-388-5664
Local Maps: The district map of the Bend Ranger District, USGS Crane Prairie Reservoir and Irish Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Cultus Lake Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

6/25/2008
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As of June 25, 2008, this loop is not rideable. The Forest Service has not cleared the windfalls (blowdown trees) yet. We rode this trail last year in July...it was alot of fun, bring bug repellant, though.


8/15/2003
1

This ride is easy and fun. My wife and I rode it on a no suspension tandem with very little difficulty. The trail has only one or two steep grades and very few technically difficult sections. The lake and forest scenery is beautiful.



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May 2018