Sunriver is not only for street bikes and cruisers anymore.
The huge community of paved paths that weave by means of the resort space often come to thoughts whenever you consider Sunriver. And with good cause. Locals and vacationers alike have loved these paths, all 34 miles of them, for years.
Now, cyclists within the space have much more choices. Volunteers with the Central Oregon Path Alliance have been laborious at work constructing about 14 miles of latest grime singletrack trails in Sunriver.
About 7 miles of the brand new community is full, positioned within the forest instantly west of Sunriver, together with three trailhead kiosks and indicators at junctions.
The paths are accessible from Sunriver by way of the Cardinal Touchdown footbridge and from Forest Street 41, and can finally connect with the prevailing Wanoga and Cascade Lakes Welcome Station path networks southwest of Bend, in keeping with Dan Youmans, south Deschutes County chapter consultant for COTA. The undertaking has additionally concerned restoring and preserving close by elk habitat by decommissioning some previous logging roads.
“When it comes to the entire community that we’re doing, we’re slightly greater than half executed,” Youmans mentioned. “We’ve acquired the first trails between Sunriver and Street 41 executed.
“We hit a milestone with the completion of many of the trails which might be near Sunriver. It’s actually gratifying to see so many individuals on the market already utilizing the paths. They’re already extraordinarily well-liked. We’re actually thrilled about that.”
The part of trails will connect with Tyler’s Traverse Path within the Wanoga system and the Catch and Launch Path within the Cascade Lakes Welcome Station community, in keeping with Youmans. At present, bikers can join the Wanoga and Sunriver networks by way of Street 41.
The brand new trails are primarily cross-country singletrack, with a number of technical path options woven into the design. The paths vary in problem from simple to average, with one superior path deliberate, and are well-liked amongst hikers and path runners, too.
“That was the imaginative and prescient — take type of an underutilized forest and have it brimming with exercise,” Youmans mentioned.
The brand new grime singletrack trails complement the paved paths, as they’re linked by way of the Cardinal Touchdown footbridge, which crosses the Deschutes River on the west finish of Sunriver.
“If you need that true mountain bike expertise, you will get that by driving proper over the river,” Youmans mentioned. “For individuals who love biking, whether or not it’s paved or grime, it’s acquired the whole lot. This has actually been a neighborhood effort to construct these trails. We’ve had improbable monetary help from companies in Sunriver. Together with COTA, it’s been a complete neighborhood effort.”
Final week I made the quick drive to Sunriver to experience the brand new trails. After parking at Fort Rock Park, I rode about 1½ miles alongside paved paths to the Cardinal bridge and to one of many new trailheads on the west aspect of the bridge.
The plan was to experience a counterclockwise loop on a path referred to as Roundabout, whereas additionally trying out two spur trails, Elko Level and Afternoon Delight.
The path began out alongside the river after which climbed steadily up a ridge by means of the forest. I turned proper onto Elko Level and got here to a rocky overlook excessive above the Deschutes River.
“It’s a pleasant vacation spot for those who’re mountain climbing from Sunriver,” Youmans mentioned of the overlook. “We’re anticipating these trails can be simply as well-liked for mountain climbing as they’re for mountain biking.”
Again on Roundabout, I ultimately arrived on the junction to Afternoon Delight. This path was a little bit of a climb amid ponderosa bushes all the best way to Street 41.
“Finally it can cross 41, go north, and go all the best way to the Tyler’s and Catch and Launch Trailhead,” Youmans mentioned of Afternoon Delight. “That’s the bi-connector path that may actually join Sunriver to the Wanoga community. Proper now you’ll be able to join on Street 41, and lots of people do this.”
The objective is to have the connecting path completed by someday this fall, Youmans famous.
Again on Roundabout once more, I started descending again towards the river, having fun with a sequence of swooping turns constructed by means of an previous decommissioned logging street.
“It’s a extremely enjoyable downhill,” Youmans mentioned.
After arriving again on the trailhead at Cardinal bridge, I turned onto Swan Music, a family-friendly path that follows the river from Cardinal Bridge to the Besson Picnic space. The flat gravel path is good for teenagers or newcomers.
Finally I made my method again alongside Swan Music, over the bridge, and again alongside the paved paths to my automobile.
All informed, it was a few 16-mile experience — with solely about 3 miles of it on paved paths.