2 miles
55 ft
-752 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Lava Flow (upper) Trail

Lava Flow (upper) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Mt. Bachelor Bike Park
    Bend, Oregon
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Machine Groomed
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Dogs Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #31805 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager

The upper section of Lava Flow is a machine-built doubletrack flow trail with a mix of wood, brick and dirt birms along with jumps and rollers strategically placed. Riders should expect to encounter loose soil and lava rock in places.

Access Info

Access from the top of the Pine Marten chairlift.

Bike Park

More Stats for Lava Flow (upper) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -696 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,032 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,728 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,728 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,032 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    888 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    756 ft
  • Avg time
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on Sep 28, 2020
Avg: 3.35 (14 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
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  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
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  • Camping Camping
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  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Lava Flow (upper) Trail Reports

      Sep 28, 2020 @ 12:06pm
      Sep 28, 2020
      reporter Thanks for a great season! We'll see you again in 2021.
      Sep 28, 2020 @ 12:05pm
      Sep 28, 2020
      reporter Thanks for a great season! We'll see you again in 2021.
      Sep 27, 2020 @ 11:45am
      Sep 27, 2020
      Aug 28, 2020 @ 4:06pm
      Aug 28, 2020
      Such a fun trail. Be aware this is a volcano with sharp lava. Wear armor and learn the trail. Once you know the trail gun it! The trail is laid...
      Aug 23, 2020 @ 12:41pm
      Aug 23, 2020
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 589 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      • 661 rides


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      Routes with this trail

      2 miles

      Trail Products

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 3
      flag vonSpurling (Jul 19, 2016 at 12:11)
       The top part of Lava Flow is fun, but could be more fun. The trail is built just slightly too flat, so you can't naturally carry enough speed. It feels pedal in places, and the lava rock/gravel will sap your speed as well. I think the best bike for this trail (and maybe the whole mountain) would be a long travel 29er. Spec Enduro, Evil Wreckoning, Yeti SBc 5.5, or even the new 2017 Trek Slash. On a downhill bike you will be huffing and puffing trying to keep speed up pedaling, and on anything with less travel you might rattle your fillings loose. Brake bumps aren't a huge problem on Bachelor, because you are typically pedaling to carry speed, and not braking. Beware of bikes with low bottom brackets, since you will need to pedal, and will probably pedal strike often on protruding lava rock.

      The trail does get better after the turn off to Rattlesnake, but overtime you think you are getting some flow developed... you round a corner and are going uphill again...
      • - 1
      flag Anthonybrown42334 (Aug 7, 2018 at 16:54)

      Hi fellow mountain bikers. I was at the Mt. Bachelor bike park yesterday, August 6th, 2018. Lava Flow was one of the many trails I rode that day. The claims that this trail is pedally should be taken with a grain of salt. No, you won’t be mashing on your pedals the whole time, and no your mojo won’t be ruined and you won’t lose your flow. Like every trail on the face of the Earth, you will need to put in a couple pedal strokes to keep your speed up. Up top, there are a couple of flat sections but they do not last very long and I was never required to put in more than 3 pedal strokes or extend my dropper post to pedal.

      My thoughts on the trail:

      When I was there, it was very loose up top and a little rocky, not rocky like technical but just a little bumpy. The jumps could use some work (if you want a nice jump trail ride Cone Run) but other than that this trail was a blast to ride. Although the top was fast and shreddy it did get a little old and boring to me cause of the lack of well built jumps. There are a couple of paver turns which were fun and a very fun little step up near the intersection with Cone Run that is very approachable for beginners. Once you pass Cone Run this trail really shines. The dirt becomes more packed and less sandy and the berms are a lot taller and there is a bigger abunandce of jumps. However, there were some sections where I did lose some momentum but they really didn’t do much to spoil the ride. This is a very fast and very enjoyable trail. Don’t let the other commenters stop you from buying a lift ticket at Mt. Bachelor, cause it is definitely worth the money.
      • + 0
      flag backinmysaddle (Jul 28, 2019 at 15:09)
       I rode this in late July 2019 w my 8 year old son. We rode at Big Bear (in California) in June for comparison purposes. I can only guess that the trail has been recut since the earlier negative comments. I rarely needed to pedal and found this trail compares favorably to Turtle at Big Bear (the main blue trail), even if it could use some more maintenance to patch brake bumps and clear out some sand and lava rock pits. I’m an enduro rider on a 150/160 rig and it was great for all the blues at Bachelor. Lava has a great mix of berms and interspersed jumps. Great fun for me and a good challenge for my eight year old son.

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