North Fork - Flagline Loop

Bend, Oregon

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This loop is 13 miles west of Bend, beginning in the Bridge Creek Burn and heading up to the flanks of Broken Top Mountain. There are seven waterfalls along Tumalo Creek, high alpine scenery, fun singletrack descents, prime elk habitat. Biking to the trailhead adds 26 road miles, making this a good half day's effort. The South Fork Trail downhill demands respect. The higher sections of this route are exposed to weather, which can change quickly. Catching air over waterfalls is not recommended.

North Fork - Flagline Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This loop is 13 miles west of Bend, beginning in the Bridge Creek Burn and heading up to the flanks of Broken Top Mountain. There are seven waterfalls along Tumalo Creek, high alpine scenery, fun singletrack descents, prime elk habitat.

Biking to the trailhead adds 26 road miles, making this a good half day's effort. The South Fork Trail downhill demands respect. The higher sections of this route are exposed to weather, which can change quickly. Catching air over waterfalls is not recommended."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 20.6
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: August 15 through early fall. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a closure of the Flagline Trail until August 15 because it passes through sensitive elk rearing grounds. Check with the USDA forest Service or local shops to get an update on this opening date.
Trailhead Elevation: 4,850 feet
Top Elevation: 6,900 feet
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest, Bend District
Local Maps: Mountain Biking Central Oregon
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork - Flagline Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

10/13/2000
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One of the best downhill sections of trail I've ever riden. It's a fast trail that has just enough technical riding to make it fun and challenging, but not so much that it breaks up your zone. Make sure your bike is in good working order. A friend of mine had his bike fall apart on the final section. We saw just a little bit of snow at the upper elevations. By now, the snow is probably starting to accumulate. Next time you are in Bend, this is a must do ride.



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