|Season: winter, early spring|
|Hazards: primitive trails; come equipped with GPS/compass|
The BLM has finalized their Resource Management Plan for the 4,100-acre Maston Area located between the towns of Tumalo and Redmond. This plan formalizes the area, providing protection for the segregated networks of mountain bike and equestrian trails, with pedestrian use allowed on either system.
Over the past five years this area has become increasingly popular with Central Oregon mountain bikers seeking the excellent winter riding opportunities. The gently rolling terrain is protected from the worst of the weather by ancient juniper trees and panoramic views of the Cascades provide a perfect setting for winter riding. The steep and rugged Deschutes River Canyon located on the eastern edge of the area however is off limits to bikes open to hikers to protect wildlife and their habitats. The same seasonal closures for raptor protection that affect Smith Rocks and Dry Canyon are also enforced along the Deschutes Canyon rim February 1 – August 31.
Official trail markings do not exist yet. Plan on a primitive experience and bring your sense of adventure (wouldn’t hurt to bring a GPS and/or a compass as well). For more info check the BLM website.
Directions to Maston:
Drive to the town of Tumalo, follow Cline Falls Highway north for 4.4 miles. Turn right on Newcomb Road, park in the parking lot on left approximately 1/2 mile down Newcomb. Look for the trail head sign. Get your bike out and start exploring!