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Level: Beginner
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +312/301 ft
Total: 20 riders

Mountain Biking Suttle Lake Loop

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The loop is about 2 miles approximately in length and the highway side of the lake is less congested as several campgrounds border the opposite side. The best part of this trail is not the loop around the lake however but the ride slightly descending from Suttle Lake that connects you to Black Butte Loop trails near the Sherman Camp turn-off of hwy 22. This part of the trail is called the Suttle Lake Tie trail. It rides very fast and winds through beautiful woodland. The first mile nearest the lake does get pretty tight with dense shrubbery whacking at you so maneuver carefully. The trail is quite smooth and very negotiable for beginners nonetheless. A few sandy areas might trip you up in a few spots during dry months. Since I was staying at Suttle Lake at the time I just traveled the trail to the connection point of the Black Butte Loops and then back again. The descent from Suttle Lake was gradual enough that the return trip was only slightly more difficult. I definitely will be coming back to explore further. From the Sherman Creek turnoff and Black Butte Loops you can also connect to a trail that takes you to Sisters. I will be back to experience those trails soon.

First added by rebkamcb on Aug 26, 2012. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Drive into the Suttle Lake area off of hwy 22 between the Hoodoo summit and Sisters. The trail loops around the lake and you can access it from any of the campgrounds around the lake.
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  • Brandon Bay

    Fun, flat trail with heavy foot traffic. Total distance 4 miles. Very scenic. Great out and back to Camp Sherman on Lake Creek Trail. Combine both trails for 16 miles.

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  • Cascade Rider

    App info needs correction.
    The original description of this trail is accurate, it runs for a couple of miles around Suttle Lake, no incline, very scenic. Watch for pedestrians, trail runs through campgrounds.
    This app is incorrect on the trail's starting point, confusing this with another trail. The Suttle Lake trail starts and ends at the Suttle Lake Day Use Area at the north end of the lake, just past the Suttle Lake Lodge and restaurant. The day use area has restrooms and a swim beach.
    If you go to this app's starting point at George McAllister Rd, ride west on the trail to and around the lake and back, this makes a 10 mile loop with a gentle incline, at one point you'll even find yourself riding through a historic irrigation canal. Intermediate.
    Have fun and take care of one another and the trails!

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  • dgh911t

    Seriously dusty. Sluggish trail.

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  • rebkamcb

    Nice scenic trail around Suttle Lake. Short and relatively easy for beginners. Be watchful for walkers sharing the trail. More traffic on campground lined side of the lake. Take Suttle Lake tie that descends down to Black Butte Loop trails for best riding experience. About 3-4 miles to Black Butte Loops and another 9 miles to connect to Sisters.

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