MTB Trails from Sunriver

by Joe Keenan on May 14, 2013 | Leave a Comment

in Mountain Biking

Area transplant discovers trails

Cardinal Bridge

Me and my fat bike at Cardinal Landing Foot Bridge this past winter

Newly planted in Sunriver and the owner of a fat bike, I found myself enjoying the Benham Falls trail to the Deschutes River Trail and back again, and back again, and back again. It is the only identified trail from Sunriver.

I joined the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) since I’m retired and the “honey do” new-home-owner list is fait accompli for the most part. Turns out, there are a couple of cyclists from Sunriver who are working with the Forest Service and COTA to develop some new mountain bike trails near Sunriver.

That project is in the planning stages, but one of the organizers has done some “where to mountain bike from Sunriver” of his own. He has a blog which contains a map of the area’s trails, road connections, and suggested riding routes. The start point is the Cardinal Landing Foot Bridge.

An excerpt from his site:

Around Kiwa Butte: a 27 mile route with a 1500 ft climb on fire roads for the first ten miles followed by seventeen miles of downhill (t-winks) and flatish single track (storm king + DRT). Start at Cardinal bridge up 280 to 4130 to 4133. 4133 intersects Kiwa Butte Trail (well marked) on the western side of Kiwa Butte. Take Kiwa Butte to Tiddlywinks and then to Storm King. From Storm King take the road to Aspen then ride back to Sunriver on the Deschutes River Trail. Download the Garmin route here.

How to Get to Cardinal Landing Foot Bridge

There is no parking on Sunriver private roads, but there are park-and-ride areas.

Benham Falls Trailhead: This is the closest parking and is located off of East Cascade road on Forest Road Cascade N, also known as NF600. GPS coordinates are 43 54.826N, 121 26.212W. Across East Cascade is the bike/ped path. Hop on here and head east to bike/ped intersection 7A, then to 6A, then to 6C. Turn on to the “River Loop” which leads to the Bridge.

Others: The Marketplace on Cottonwood Road, The Village at Sunriver, or the Sunriver Marina. Using the Sunriver Pathway Map (available at various locations) you can bike to the bridge on the River Loop.

Within the next few weeks I plan to ride at least two of these routes. Hope to see you on the trail.

Ride long and prosper.

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