Phil's Trail

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain1,811ft
Trailhead Elevation4,950ft
Elevation Min/Max3861/5059ft
Elevation Start/End4950/4950ft

Phil's Trail

Phil's Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 8.0 miles long and begins at 4,950 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,811 feet. The Phil's Trailhead information and the Phil's Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. There are also parkings, an information map, and restrooms. The Mountain Bike artwork and the Helicopter Pad information can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Kent's Trail, Nfd 4601-322, Storm King, Marvin's Garden, Voodoo Trail, Elv, Nfd 4601-290 and Kgb.

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"The Phil’s Trail network was pioneered in the early 1980s by a handful of die-hard outdoor-loving Bendites. Local legends Phil Meglasson (the network’s namesake), Bob Woodward, Jim Terhaar, and former Olympian Ben Husaby gradually converted the game trails and rogue trails west of Bend into legitimate mountain biking trails. Over the years, the network has grown exponentially, as has the popularity of what many national publications call a mountain biking Mecca." Read more

Phil's Trail Reviews

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My first time on the Phils system...and it was incredible. I've done Moab..Porcuipine Rim, and Kokopelli trails..but Phils was just plain fun.
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Great beginner single track. Short ride from west Bend. Semi-arid red sandstone in high chapparall with juniper and pine. Stop and inhale. The trail is well used and the riders are friendly. Bring plenty of water. It does get hot...
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I think this is called Phil''s Helipad. Holy Cow, this trail kicked major booty. I con not hink of anything that I do not like about this trail except for the fact that I do not live as close to it as I would like. Let''s see it was abit dusty and dry, but heh, it is Eastern Oregon. The climb was nice and fast. My girlfriend and I did the climb in around an hour and fifteen minutes. It was very nice, not to steep and a couple fun technical rock spots. The best part was probably the tewnty minute down hill. Wooo hooooo. lightning fast, just watch out for those coming up. We both wish we would have started earlier. So go to this trail, if you do not like it give me a call I will take you out for a beer. Cheers.
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This loop of Phil's Trail is one I ride often, as it is close to home and quick to get too. The ascent is gradual with a few steep but short climbs and a few knarly rock ledges. At this time of year the trail is extremely dusty and loose. Easy on the cornering as most sharp turns are deeply rutted and loose. The climb to the "Lower Whoops" descent is through manzanita and Ponderosa, with some lodgepole, and logged off areas. The descent over the Lower Whoops is fast and technical with berm after berm that gets you much into "big air". The heavy loose dust throughout this part of the descent requires a rider to stay within his/her limits, as this part of the trial is very narrow with tight turn after tight turn. Watch out for that tree!! The climb up to the Whoops takes an hour to an hour and a half (depending on skill) and the descent usually takes me 45 minutes. The Lower Whoops descent is well worth the long climb!! Keep the rubber side down!

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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest; 541-383-4000,
Local Contacts
Bend, Oregon, Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12,
Local Maps

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Dec 2018