Peterson Ridge Loop

Sisters, Oregon 97759

Peterson Ridge Loop

Peterson Ridge Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The trail starts in Sisters. Tread: 12.5 miles of singletrack, 3.9 miles of doubletrack, and .6 on pavement. Hazards: other trail users."

Peterson Ridge Loop Reviews

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Classic central Oregon ride, nearly all single track. This system of trails abutting Sisters, Oregon is very actively maintained with many new sub-trails added recently. The trail is organized in a loop - with a west trail and east trail. There are maybe ten paths that join east to west, which basically allows you to create a loop of any length you choose. The lower sections are suitable for beginners, but the middle and upper have enough rocks to provide a challenge for intermediate riders (at least I had a challenge. The single track is a lot of fun, and if you travel clockwise you'll have a lot of fun coming back down with many banked turns. In summer the single tracks can be dry and dusty which means that you need to stay in the hard packed center lest your tires stop in the powder. This is a great trail for working on your steering skills. And - nice views, especially along the ridge itself. Did I mention that you should watch for rocks in the mid section? My experience says that knees don't mix well with lava rocks,
Truly a gem of a trail for sheer fun and exhileration. Wonderful fun swoops, bunny humps and trail carving, plus a fantastic view at the top. Nothing too technical, just pure pleasure. Rates 10 yahoos for fun.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
1-2 hours
Seldom closed by snow. By late summer the trail may be too soft to ride.
3,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,700 feet
Top Elevation
Deschutes National Forest 541-388-2715
Local Contacts
Sisters Ranger District map provides good coverage of the area and includes most of the trail. The Fat Tire Publications' map, Mountain Biking Central Oregon provides excellent coverage and is water and tear resistant. Most Bike stores carry the map. The Forest Service also publishes brochures for mountain biking in Central Oregon. USGS: Sisters, Three Creek Butte
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018