North American Bike Park Review Tour
MT. BACHELOR BIKE PARK
After a long a grueling summer on the road, our first season of the Bike Park Review Tour is done. Our eleventh and final stop was our home mountain, Mt. Bachelor. Up the road about 25 miles from Bend, Oregon, Mt. Bachelor is a unique mountain as it’s sits on the border of a Wilderness boundary in the Deschutes National Forest and offers some incredible views from the top of its volcanic summit. Having only been open for a few years, the Mt. Bachelor Bike Park has been working hard to catch up to the other stellar offerings the West Coast has to offer. Mt. Bachelor has two chairs offering lift access to a beginner zone or the Pine Marten lift which takes riders up to the Pine Marten Lodge and the top of the upper mountain’s trail network.
Mt. Bachelor’s short life span hasn’t allowed them to amass a huge option of trails but they are working to add more to the menu every year. In fact they just completed a new trail called Red Line, which is one of the most progressive and fun jump trails we rode all summer. It was like our own mini FEST Series line.
Other offerings include one double-black diamond DH track called Rockfall, four black diamond tech trails and three blue options. The lower Sunshine Bike Park network has one green and two blues that will help beginner riders get their feet wet on the rocky, loose terrain found on the volcanic slopes of Mt. Bachelor.
The trail network is definitely not extensive here at Bachelor, in fact we’d say it’s fairly small and indicative of a new park. The terrain is challenging and quite rocky at Mt Bachelor, so we’d say it is geared a bit more towards skilled riders. However, they have done a great job of making the lower beginner and Sunshine zones great for newer riders. Lava Flow has also been seeing major improvements every year and we’re happy to watch the tuning evolve.
While we’d selfishly love to see even more black and double black tech trails get built on Bachelor, we believe they could benefit most from adding some true blue and green trails to the mix. The current offerings are a bit lacking and aren’t quite accurately representative of blue and green trails we’ve ridden at other parks.
The black diamond trails like Rattlesnake, Big Wood, and Hot Dust are quite fun and add some challenge to riders looking to perfect their skills in pumping terrain, gapping natural features and going fast! Last Chance is a much longer trail with some variations that we prefer riding on an enduro or all mountain bike since there is some pedaling to be had.