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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."
--Scott Rapp, Mountain Biking Bend (Falcon Guides).
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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