Phil's Area

4.16 out of 5
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↑ 6,100 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
Update 7/22/13 by mtbgreg1:

The Phil's Area Trail System is the go-to trail system for mountain biking in Bend. Even the other trails in the region that aren't actually part of the Phil's Trail System feed into or connect to trails that feed into Phil's.

According to the locals, and for the purpose of our trail listings, the boundaries of the Phil's Area Trail System is a square comprised of Skyliners Road to the north, Highway 46 (Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway) to the south, Bend to the east, and the Storm King trail to the west.

This complex trail system offers a variety of different trails, but on average the trails are very buff, very flowy, with some great corners to rail. The trail tread is quite loose and sandy, and gets very dry, especially late in the season, leading to "moon dust" conditions. Here and there you'll find some rock gardens, skinnies, and sections of flow trail with big jumps and massive berms! All of the difficult sections do feature ride arounds, making this an extremely beginner-friendly area.

Previous Listing:

This route goes along a popular trail close to town and is ideal for mountain biking. A lot of the roads and trail names are unmarked so watch for the Bike Route signposts.


0.0 - Phil's Trailhead. Head west down the wide cinder road FS road 4606.

0.2 - Turn left onto a closed road (Phil's Trail).

0.3 - Bear left at the fork in the road/trail (Kent's Trail) staying on Phil's Trail.

0.8 - Turn right onto FS road 030 (white pumice road).

1.4 - At a pumice pit the trail continues off to the left side.

1.5 - Head straight at the next trail junction with KGB Trail

2.2 - The trail tops out and crosses FS road 4610.

2.8 - At the fork in the trail (Kent's Trail) bear left, staying on Phil's Trail.

2.9 - (For a shorter option look for Voodoo Trail on the right that will connect you back to Ben's Trail.)

3.9 - Upon reaching a red cinder road (FS road 300) turn right. (for a longer option continue up Phil's Trail and coming down Woops Trail. )

4.2 - Look for a trail on the right, take that trail and head down Ben's Trail.
The trail winds and crosses the FS road 900 several times.

5.7 - Fade Left at the junction with the Voodoo Trail.

6.3 - Where the trail crosses FS road 4610 go right and then immediately left, fade left again and just after a few woop de doos look for the start of Ben's Trail on the right.

7.3 - Turn right staying on Ben's Trail.

7.4 - Fade left staying on Ben's Trail (MTB Trail on right).

7.9 - Join Kent's Trail and head back to the trailhead by turning left.

8.3 - Head straight at the junction with Phil's Trail and return to the trailhead.

9.0 - Return to trailhead.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (15)
System Trails (15)
Grand Slam
Ben's Upper
Phil's Trail
Wonderland Trail
Marvin's Gardens
Lower Whoops
Ben's Lower
Upper Whoops
Pine Drops
Kents to Phils, chicken, KGB, Marvins
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Reviews (18)

Granny Gear

October 5, 2019
Review: Fun Fun Fun


April 19, 2018
Josh L Singletrack  
Review: Doesn't matter if you're a beginner or an expert, Phils has something for everyone. the builders/maintainers are awesome, Keep up what you do.


September 23, 2016
mtbark Doubletrack  
Review: The trails are pretty easy with exception of Grand Slam. For more information on our ride please visit Mountain Bike Arkansas -


February 2, 2016
jrsnot Trailblazer  
Review: Great Riding! A must ride when you are in the area, as either a destination or as a part of a more epic all day ride.

Granny Gear

July 26, 2015
ericag Granny Gear  
Review: This trail system is beautiful but I give it a low rating because the gradings for level of difficulty are WAY off. Their intermediate trails are beginner level, the black diamond trails are easy intermediate. COD was the best trail we rode here and marvins garden has lots of fun little jumps. I would avoid bens trail if you can, it is BORING.


November 4, 2014
Review: XC heaven! First trail(s) I found in Oregon that did not require a long uphill grind for a fast, furious downhill. Lots of good cross country trails with miles of smiles. I found one ridge that required a fair climb; otherwise it was open riding. Not too technical but fun. The last 4 miles coming home to the TH required neither braking or pedaling.

Trails are heavily ridden and some spots are a bit worn, but the entire system was a pleasure.

Similar Trail: Peterson Ridge Trail (Sisters, Oregon) Susanville Ranch Park (Susanville, Ca)


September 5, 2014
justin70 Singletrack  
Review: Found this area to be large, but generally not often exciting or challenging.

Wide open, dry pine forest with sand-based trails.

Trail difficulty grades are generally over-stated.

A few rock gardens, and the odd berm, but predominantly nontechnical trail flowing through the pine trees.


June 10, 2014
Review: So many trails, so little time. Not living in Bend, it's difficult to experience the entire Phil's Trail system in one weekend. Its trails have a little of everything for everyone of every experience level. It also isn't as crowded as one might think. There are places you can practice your skills and not see anyone the whole time. It does a bit dusty later in the summer and early fall. Early Spring and late Fall are best.


June 4, 2014
Review: Phil's is an excellent singletrack system with tons of ride options for all levels. I spent an entire month riding in Bend and didn't get bored riding Phil's.


September 4, 2013
Review: Rode here on vacation and found it "boring" at first on Ben's Trail. We weren't too impressed, but then we made it to the top of Whoops & let it rip and that section was great! We made our way up to the helipad as well, which had some challenging switchbacks & climbs. The ride back to the parking lot was more enjoyable as there was a slight downhill grade the whole way. I wouldn't say this is "beginner" as it is marked, as we enjoy intermediate & advanced trails and this one had parts fitting the bill for that, though one can easily stay on beginner trails.

Phil's Area MTB Trail 4.16 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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