15.0 miles
Distance
1,320 ft
Climb
-1,321 ft
Descent
5,047 ft
High Point

Overview
Get acquainted with Bend’s flavor of trails (and the elevation) with a spin from Phil’s trailhead. Easy climbing and fun, twisty descents will put you in the groove for the rest of the week.

Route Details
Phil’s Trailhead is a popular spot, and for good reason: close to town and appointed with restrooms, parking, and helpful signs, it drops you right into the fun. Not only is the trailhead just minutes from downtown but it has a bike path alongside the road so you don’t have to drive. Nothing quite beats the feeling of kitting up and rolling from your lodging straight to the trails.

The singletrack starts immediately as you climb up Ben’s Trail, a fun, twisting ramble up a moderate grade. Gentle climbing defines much of the Bend riding experience, which makes it an ideal place for families and those of us not graced with massive quads and low resting heart rates. With an open pine forest laid out before you, the first five miles let you take in the scenery and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

You’ll cross Forest Road NF-300 (and another trailhead on your right) and hop onto Forest Road NF-310 to continue your climbing for another 1.5 miles and then you’re almost at the top. Turn left onto Phil’s Trail and gear down for a quick, steep climb to the top. Grab a quick snack and drink, and prepare to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The first descent is the steepest, with a few rocky parts but it all flows nicely and allows you to get in the groove.

The descent stretches out over seven blissful miles, with microberms rising up to meet every turn. You can either coast it or lay down sprints the entire way, whatever your legs allow. There are several intersections along the way but you’ll stay on Phil’s Trail the whole time, so navigation is fairly easy thanks to the well-placed signposts, another benefit of the trails in Bend. Phil’s is also a one-way trail so you’ll be able to roll with the flow all the way back to the trailhead. If you rode in from town, it’s a fun spin back to the innumerable coffeeshops and brewpubs for a well-earned replenishment of your glycogen stores.

Riding Season
The best riding is early spring through late fall but is highly dependent on the year’s snowpack. Late-season snowfall may quickly disappear and turn the trails prime; freeze-thaw conditions can wreck havoc and should be avoided. Local bikeshops know the current conditions and are happy to share ideas about where best to ride on a given day.

Detailed Description
Ben's/Phil's easy loop is a 15 mile less popular intermediate route located near Bend Oregon. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 20 trails. This route climbs 1,320 ft with a max elevation of 5,047 ft then descends -1,321 ft.
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44 Reviews & Comments

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stewyd (Aug 9, 2022 at 14:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Nice easy climbing trail. I would disagree with a previous poster, that this has no identity. It's a perfect place if you are a novice mtn biker (like my wife). Yes, you can find way more rowdy areas but this place fits a perfect niche in Bend mtb.
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stewyd (Aug 9, 2022 at 14:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Nice easy climbing trail. I would disagree with a previous poster, that this has no identity. It's a perfect place if you are a novice mtn biker (like my wife). Yes, you can find way more rowdy areas but this place fits a perfect niche in Bend mtb.
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stewyd (Aug 9, 2022 at 14:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Nice easy climbing trail. I would disagree with a previous poster, that this has no identity. It's a perfect place if you are a novice mtn biker (like my wife). Yes, you can find way more rowdy areas but this place fits a perfect niche in Bend mtb.
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stewyd (Aug 9, 2022 at 14:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Nice easy climbing trail. I would disagree with a previous poster, that this has no identity. It's a perfect place if you are a novice mtn biker (like my wife). Yes, you can find way more rowdy areas but this place fits a perfect niche in Bend mtb.
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stewyd (Aug 9, 2022 at 14:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Nice easy climbing trail. I would disagree with a previous poster, that this has no identity. It's a perfect place if you are a novice mtn biker (like my wife). Yes, you can find way more rowdy areas but this place fits a perfect niche in Bend mtb.
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stewyd (Aug 9, 2022 at 14:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Nice easy climbing trail. I would disagree with a previous poster, that this has no identity. It's a perfect place if you are a novice mtn biker (like my wife). Yes, you can find way more rowdy areas but this place fits a perfect niche in Bend mtb.
[Reply]
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stewyd (Aug 9, 2022 at 14:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Nice easy climbing trail. I would disagree with a previous poster, that this has no identity. It's a perfect place if you are a novice mtn biker (like my wife). Yes, you can find way more rowdy areas but this place fits a perfect niche in Bend mtb.
[Reply]
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ozmuna (Jun 30, 2022 at 3:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Pretty lame section of trails…no real uphill or downhill identity… I would opt for Tumalo Falls or other local trails over the Phil’s area trails
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ozmuna (Jun 30, 2022 at 3:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Pretty lame section of trails…no real uphill or downhill identity… I would opt for Tumalo Falls or other local trails over the Phil’s area trails
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ozmuna (Jun 30, 2022 at 3:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Pretty lame section of trails…no real uphill or downhill identity… I would opt for Tumalo Falls or other local trails over the Phil’s area trails
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ozmuna (Jun 30, 2022 at 3:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Pretty lame section of trails…no real uphill or downhill identity… I would opt for Tumalo Falls or other local trails over the Phil’s area trails
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ozmuna (Jun 30, 2022 at 3:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Pretty lame section of trails…no real uphill or downhill identity… I would opt for Tumalo Falls or other local trails over the Phil’s area trails
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ozmuna (Jun 30, 2022 at 3:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Pretty lame section of trails…no real uphill or downhill identity… I would opt for Tumalo Falls or other local trails over the Phil’s area trails
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ozmuna (Jun 30, 2022 at 3:22)
Trail Ben's Trail
Pretty lame section of trails…no real uphill or downhill identity… I would opt for Tumalo Falls or other local trails over the Phil’s area trails
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CrazyCal (May 18, 2020 at 10:34)
Trail Phil's Trail
So much fun!
The best trail for new riders. My 7yo rode Phil's twice from right below the black diamond section down to the bottom. Trail is super smooth and has a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
The locals are super friendly and I very much enjoyed talking with them.
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CrazyCal (May 18, 2020 at 10:34)
Trail Phil's Trail
So much fun!
The best trail for new riders. My 7yo rode Phil's twice from right below the black diamond section down to the bottom. Trail is super smooth and has a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
The locals are super friendly and I very much enjoyed talking with them.
[Reply]
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CrazyCal (May 18, 2020 at 10:34)
Trail Phil's Trail
So much fun!
The best trail for new riders. My 7yo rode Phil's twice from right below the black diamond section down to the bottom. Trail is super smooth and has a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
The locals are super friendly and I very much enjoyed talking with them.
[Reply]
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CrazyCal (May 18, 2020 at 10:34)
Trail Phil's Trail
So much fun!
The best trail for new riders. My 7yo rode Phil's twice from right below the black diamond section down to the bottom. Trail is super smooth and has a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
The locals are super friendly and I very much enjoyed talking with them.
[Reply]
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CrazyCal (May 18, 2020 at 10:34)
Trail Phil's Trail
So much fun!
The best trail for new riders. My 7yo rode Phil's twice from right below the black diamond section down to the bottom. Trail is super smooth and has a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
The locals are super friendly and I very much enjoyed talking with them.
[Reply]
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CrazyCal (May 18, 2020 at 10:34)
Trail Phil's Trail
So much fun!
The best trail for new riders. My 7yo rode Phil's twice from right below the black diamond section down to the bottom. Trail is super smooth and has a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
The locals are super friendly and I very much enjoyed talking with them.
[Reply]
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CrazyCal (May 18, 2020 at 10:34)
Trail Phil's Trail
So much fun!
The best trail for new riders. My 7yo rode Phil's twice from right below the black diamond section down to the bottom. Trail is super smooth and has a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
The locals are super friendly and I very much enjoyed talking with them.
[Reply]
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CrazyCal (May 18, 2020 at 10:34)
Trail Phil's Trail
So much fun!
The best trail for new riders. My 7yo rode Phil's twice from right below the black diamond section down to the bottom. Trail is super smooth and has a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
The locals are super friendly and I very much enjoyed talking with them.
[Reply]
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CrazyCal (May 18, 2020 at 10:34)
Trail Phil's Trail
So much fun!
The best trail for new riders. My 7yo rode Phil's twice from right below the black diamond section down to the bottom. Trail is super smooth and has a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
The locals are super friendly and I very much enjoyed talking with them.
[Reply]
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CrazyCal (May 18, 2020 at 10:34)
Trail Phil's Trail
So much fun!
The best trail for new riders. My 7yo rode Phil's twice from right below the black diamond section down to the bottom. Trail is super smooth and has a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
The locals are super friendly and I very much enjoyed talking with them.
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Chrisborgmeier (Jun 30, 2019 at 14:14)
Hi
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Chrisborgmeier (Jun 30, 2019 at 14:14)
Hi
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Chrisborgmeier (Jun 30, 2019 at 14:14)
Hi
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Soulroll08 (Jun 20, 2019 at 22:00)
Trail Ben's Trail
Uphill!
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Soulroll08 (Jun 20, 2019 at 22:00)
Trail Ben's Trail
Uphill!
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Soulroll08 (Jun 20, 2019 at 22:00)
Trail Ben's Trail
Uphill!
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Soulroll08 (Jun 20, 2019 at 22:00)
Trail Ben's Trail
Uphill!
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Soulroll08 (Jun 20, 2019 at 22:00)
Trail Ben's Trail
Uphill!
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Soulroll08 (Jun 20, 2019 at 22:00)
Trail Ben's Trail
Uphill!
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Soulroll08 (Jun 20, 2019 at 22:00)
Trail Ben's Trail
Uphill!
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XU12XU (Aug 18, 2018 at 21:08)
Trail Phil's Trail
In the little Canyon section, I feel like I remember there being a few small (2-3') drops, but they seemed to have been removed when I rode through yesterday. Disappointing if so.
[Reply]
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XU12XU (Aug 18, 2018 at 21:08)
Trail Phil's Trail
In the little Canyon section, I feel like I remember there being a few small (2-3') drops, but they seemed to have been removed when I rode through yesterday. Disappointing if so.
[Reply]
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XU12XU (Aug 18, 2018 at 21:08)
Trail Phil's Trail
In the little Canyon section, I feel like I remember there being a few small (2-3') drops, but they seemed to have been removed when I rode through yesterday. Disappointing if so.
[Reply]
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XU12XU (Aug 18, 2018 at 21:08)
Trail Phil's Trail
In the little Canyon section, I feel like I remember there being a few small (2-3') drops, but they seemed to have been removed when I rode through yesterday. Disappointing if so.
[Reply]
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XU12XU (Aug 18, 2018 at 21:08)
Trail Phil's Trail
In the little Canyon section, I feel like I remember there being a few small (2-3') drops, but they seemed to have been removed when I rode through yesterday. Disappointing if so.
[Reply]
  • + 1
XU12XU (Aug 18, 2018 at 21:08)
Trail Phil's Trail
In the little Canyon section, I feel like I remember there being a few small (2-3') drops, but they seemed to have been removed when I rode through yesterday. Disappointing if so.
[Reply]
  • + 1
XU12XU (Aug 18, 2018 at 21:08)
Trail Phil's Trail
In the little Canyon section, I feel like I remember there being a few small (2-3') drops, but they seemed to have been removed when I rode through yesterday. Disappointing if so.
[Reply]
  • + 1
XU12XU (Aug 18, 2018 at 21:08)
Trail Phil's Trail
In the little Canyon section, I feel like I remember there being a few small (2-3') drops, but they seemed to have been removed when I rode through yesterday. Disappointing if so.
[Reply]
  • + 1
XU12XU (Aug 18, 2018 at 21:08)
Trail Phil's Trail
In the little Canyon section, I feel like I remember there being a few small (2-3') drops, but they seemed to have been removed when I rode through yesterday. Disappointing if so.
[Reply]
  • + 1
XU12XU (Aug 18, 2018 at 21:08)
Trail Phil's Trail
In the little Canyon section, I feel like I remember there being a few small (2-3') drops, but they seemed to have been removed when I rode through yesterday. Disappointing if so.
[Reply]





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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    65
More Stats for Ben's/Phil's easy loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,867 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,885 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,885 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -30.3%
  • Grade min
    16.7%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
Avg: 3.25 (4 votes)
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