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As a mountain biker, of course I love the ‘exciting’ trails that feature rock gardens, steep descents, drops and jumps, and other spicy ingredients.
But you know what? I also love easy, mellow pedally trails through beautiful forests. In fact, sometimes I crave these kinds of trails to give my body – and brain – a break from the technical stuff.
So I was really thrilled to discover the scenic and peaceful mountain bike trails at LaPine State Park, located about 30 minutes south of Bend, Oregon.
The trails here are mostly flat and non-technical, yet they have great flow and they pass through quiet woodlands and along the banks of the stunning Deschutes River.
I really enjoyed my time exploring LaPine State Park and I think you will, too!
What Makes LaPine State Park Special?
LaPine State Park in Oregon is a special destination for mountain bikers and nature lovers alike. It’s not just the serenity of the park or its breathtaking landscapes that make it special, but also the unique experiences it has to offer.
Here are a few reasons to head to LaPine State Park:
Important Things to Know
Best Trails & Route recommendations
In all, there are about 14 miles of trail at LaPine State Park and most of these miles are great to ride bikes on.
The only trail I don’t recommend riding is Big Pine Loop because it’s more of a footpath. When I rode it, there were downed trees and it was hard to follow in places.
LaPine State Park Trail Map
>> Tour de LaPine
This route covers most of the trails in LaPine State Park. While it’s by no means the most challenging or engaging riding in Bend, what it lacks in features, it makes up for in scenery. The trails flow along the Deschutes River and Fall River and the views are absolutely beautiful.
Route directions: LaPine State Park Parking > left onto Deschutes Loop > McGregor Loop > Fall River Loop (worth going to the overlook) > Back to parking lot (optional Cougar Woods Loop)
Route notes: I rode this loop clockwise, but I think it would be fine in the opposite direction as well.
Do less: If you want to make your ride shorter, just do the Fall River Loop which is about 4 miles if you park in the same parking area.
Do more: You can add on the smaller Cougar Woods Loop, however, I don’t recommend doing the Big Pine Loop because half of it isn’t well-maintained.
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Best time to Ride LaPine State Park
I rode LaPine State Park in early May and it was perfect. That being said, spring in the Bend, Oregon area can vary wildly. During the time I was there, I also got caught in a hailstorm at a different trail system.
I’d say late spring through summer and early fall are the best times to ride LaPine State Park.
If it’s been particularly wet and rainy, I’d give the trails a few days to dry out.
LaPine State Park Camping
There is a campground at LaPine State Park that is open year-round. There are equipped log cabins as well as full-hookup camping sites, showers, bathrooms, and a dump station.
You can find more information about camping at LaPine State Park here.
Other outdoor activities at LaPine State Park
There are a ton of outdoor recreation opportunities in LaPine State Park in addition to mountain biking. Visitors can also enjoy:
LaPine State Park may not be the most ‘epic’ mountain biking destination in Oregon, but I really enjoyed my day cruising around the trails there.
The singletrack is mellow and flowy and the views out over the Deschutes River are stunning.
If you’re in the area and looking for an easy pedal, I highly recommend checking this little gem of a state park out!
Want to make the most out of your time mountain biking in Bend, Oregon? Check out these the other networks around town:
- Bend Mountain Bike Shuttles: Route Recommendations & More
- Mountain Biking the Deschutes River Trail in Bend
- Mountain Biking the Newberry Crater Rim Trail in Oregon
- Phil’s Trail & Beyond: Mountain Biking Phil’s, Wanoga, & Swampy Sno Park
- Mountain Biking the Maston Trail System near Bend, Oregon
- Experience The Best of Peterson Ridge Mountain Bike Trails in Sisters, Oregon
- High Desert Mountain Biking at Horse Butte
- A Complete Guide to Mountain Biking in Bend, Oregon
Have you pedaled the scenic and peaceful trails at LaPine State Park? What did you think? Worth the visit? Let us know in the comments!