Peterson Ridge Trail
- Physical DifficultyThis is the average user-submitted rating on the physical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
- Technical DifficultyThis is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
The Peterson Ridge Trail system, with its roughly ladder-like shape allows for a ride of any length. You can follow one of the ‘rails’ as far as you like, and then traverse across one of the many ‘rungs’ to descend the other ‘rail’ back down to your car! Perfect for families and aspiring cross country bike riders. Plus, it isn’t too far from Bend.
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Route Description for Peterson Ridge Trail
This trail roughly mimics a ladder, with two rails (PRT East and PRT West) running the full length, with several rungs connecting the rails periodically. This setup allows for the completion of loops of almost any size. If you don’t wish to complete the full loop, you can simply continue along one rail for as long as you wish before crossing over and heading back along the opposite rail. The full loop will be described in this report.
Beginning just behind Three Creeks Brewing, ride along the wide ‘Five Pines Acres Trail’ to reach the Peterson Ridge Trail (PRT) proper. Following this trail, you will cross a road then enter the narrower single track of the PRT. Continue left at the first junction and start heading up PRT east. You will follow this trail almost to its end, turning left at all the junctions.
The beginning of the PRT is quite mellow, mostly flat single track. There are a handful of slightly rocky sections which do not cause much of a concern. The first few legs of the PRT are a fantastic place to learn to mountain bike, and several contributors actually learned to ride on this exact trail!
After passing a few rungs on the PRT ladder the trail will start to get slightly more technical. A few short climbs later you will have gained a small plateau. Here the riding will mellow out a bit more, and you will reach your first viewpoint, called Eagle Rock.
Shortly after this viewpoint you will reach junction #28. Here you will turn right to head along the Top Rung Connector towards Peak View. At junction #33 head straight again towards Peak View. We cut the full loop short a bit — not going all the way to Whychus Creek Trailhead — since that involves a useless descent.
Once you arrive at Peak View be prepared to sit at a picnic bench and enjoy the stunning views of Mt Hood and the Three Sisters. After enjoying the view continue riding along PRT west returning the way you came. On your way back you will pass the Peterson Ridge Viewpoint, another great spot for a break! The general trend is downhill coming back along PRT west.
Finally, you will re-enter the mellow section and cruise all the way back to your car! If you parked near downtown, then continue going strait. If you parked near Three Creeks Brewing, then turn right at junction #3 and find the Five Pines Connecting trail to return back to your car.
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Getting to the Peterson Ridge Trail Trailhead
There are several trailheads for the Peterson Ridge Trail. You can access the trail from Five Pines Lodge/Three Creeks Brewing parking lot (as shown on the GPS track), or access it directly from downtown Sisters. If starting from downtown Sisters head south along S Elm St. which shortly turns into Three Creek Rd. After crossing over the Whychus Creek, look out on your left for the obvious trailhead, with a small parking area. Sisters is roughly half an hour from Bend.
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