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Phil's Trail Complex: Ben's Trail to Phil's Trail Loop

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Phil's Trail Complex: Ben's Trail to Phil's Trail Loop

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  • Early section of the trail amongst pine, manzanita, and sage.- Phil's Trail Complex: Ben's Trail to Phil's Trail Loop
  • Classic Deschutes forest mountain biking.- Phil's Trail Complex: Ben's Trail to Phil's Trail Loop
  • One of the open meadow sections in the trail.- Phil's Trail Complex: Ben's Trail to Phil's Trail Loop
  • An enigmatic chicken trail feature.- Phil's Trail Complex: Ben's Trail to Phil's Trail Loop
  • The results of the recent forest restoration/thinning efforts.- Phil's Trail Complex: Ben's Trail to Phil's Trail Loop
  • Optional boulder crack near the end of Phil's Trail.- Phil's Trail Complex: Ben's Trail to Phil's Trail Loop
  • - Phil's Trail Complex: Ben's Trail to Phil's Trail Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Classic Central Oregon mountain bike trail. Easily linkable with other trails. Easy access.
Cons: 
Crowded at times. Dusty trails.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
650.00 ft (198.12 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
12.00 mi (19.31 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,881.00 ft (1,182.93 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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After a substantial forest thinning project to restore a healthy, sustainable forest and reduce the risk of wildfires, the majority of the Phil's Trail complex is again open for public use.  

This trail is classic Central Oregon riding that features cruising singletrack s-turns between towering pine trees, over lava rock, and winding through abundant juniper tree stumps, sagebrush, and manzanita. As with other Central Oregon riding, the trail is often sandy and dusty, especially as the summer heat sets in. The Ben's Trail to Phil's trail Loop is short enough for an evening ride after work but enough of a workout that you will be looking forward to dinner (or a refreshing beverage) following the ride.  

Ben's trail begins from the complex trailhead and is one-way directional travel up hill. It is a relatively straightforward climb of 5.5 miles and 800 feet of total elevation gain, though there are a couple of switchback turns through lava rock. The trail officially terminates at Forest Road 300, but it has several branch points prior to that for those seeking a shorter ride.  

To continue to Phil's Trail, riders will head south at this junction. Many riders will continue uphill to link with Whoops or Storm King.  

Phil's Trail is predominantly one-way downhill riding with the exception of the stretch between Forest Road 300 and Kent's Trail. Again, this trail is not highly technical, and it is a (sometimes crowded) downhill cruise through the Deschutes forest. The trail will cover roughly 6.5 miles and return to the same trailhead where Ben's began. Below the "chicken" intersection and approaching the end of the trail there is a gap in a large boulder that more adventurous riders will opt for.

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