There are a number of rides that start high and bring you back to town, this one is totally doable in an afternoon. Despite the downhill appearance of the vertical profile, the first several miles of this trail regularly undulates up and down. Don't be fooled by the deceptive appearance, it takes some work and time to pedal these forested, flowing miles of intermediate singletrack. If you start late in the day, bring lights, it gets dark in the forest.
Start at Swampy Lakes
Sno-Park and head to Swede Ridge
. The trail has a few branches soon after departing the parking lot. Follow the GPS track to get directly to Swede Ridge
however, all of the trails are fun and can eventually lead you back to Swede, but be ready to ride more. Also, if you are looking for Swampy Lake, err toward looking for the lowland marshy area, not a lake.
After gaining Swede Ridge
, the trail has a short section of steeper downhill, then it's totally easy with gorgeous views peeking out on the North side. A short side hike at the intersection of Swede Ridge
and Sector 16
trail leads you to the Swampy Shelter, more great views toward Tumalo.
is a curvy, downhill, rooted section of the ride. It goes up and down, eventually leading you to the Shooting Star Shelter, one of the most remote in the area.
Next, you'll ride Upper Whoops
which is a fast and fun blue run that leads you to the Lower Whoops
is one of the local favorites, it has plenty of table tops, along with an assortment of features. This is a one-way (downhill) trail, and you'll soon see why.
The end of Lower Whoops
feeds onto to road NF-300, with a new connection on the EXT Trail
. Head to the right until Phil's
trail begins to the left. Phil's
will take you the remaining way to the trailhead.
The entire ride is easy to find, and there are many other variations that bring you back to town, just look at the map. Also, Cog Wild has shuttles that drop you at Swampy or other locations, otherwise you're doing your own car shuttle.