Bend’s mix of high desert, dry ponderosa forests, wide alpine meadows, and lush Cascade forests is a mountain biker’s dream, and Katy Bryce knows every sweeping corner, tabletop jump, and screaming descent.
She’ll guide you to the best trails—from Terrebonne to Waldo Lake and from Prineville’s Ochoco Mountains to the McKenzie River—where you can travel technical, rocky ridgelines, circumnavigate ancient volcano craters, muscle through gnarly river canyons, and fly down fun, lift-accessed alpine descents, all with views of the extraordinary landscape of central Oregon’s snowcapped peaks, rugged crags, and sparkling alpine lakes. From short, family-friendly cruisers to iconic, yet accessible rides near town to epic, highcountry challenges, there’s something for everyone in every season.
Author Katy Bryce is a Bend-based freelance writer and copywriter with a deep love for Oregon’s mountains, deserts, and beaches. A Bend mountain biker since 1997, she has ridden every trail in the area and has volunteered for the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA), building and maintaining trails. She and her husband, Chris, enjoy any traveling and adventures that include mountain biking, surfing, or eating tacos both in Oregon and all over the world.