West Cultus Campground

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain330ft
Trailhead Elevation4,955ft
Elevation Min/Max4765/4981ft
Elevation Start/End4955/4972ft

West Cultus Campground

West Cultus Campground is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 4,955 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 330 feet. This trail connects with the following: Deer Lake, Irish Taylor Road and Cultus Mountain.

West Cultus Campground Professional Reviews and Guides

"Fabulous singletrack riding is featured next to the glimmering, high mountain Cultus Lake. You’ll also glide by Deer Lake and Little Cultus Lake along the way.

These pristine pools harbor lake trout, a favorite meal for the local osprey that are often seen soaring high above in the blue Oregon skies. These lakes also offer plenty of opportunities to cool off on a hot summer day. Trail surface: Singletrack, doubletrack, gravel roads, and pavement."

"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."

"The high lakes country,40 miles southwest of Bend. Expect some horses and foot traffic along Cultus Lake. Save the chiliburgers at the resort restaurant for after your ride.."

West Cultus Campground Reviews

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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.
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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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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
Deschutes National Forest, Bend Ranger District 541-388-5664
Local Contacts
Mountain Biking Central Oregon
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Nov 2018