Cog Wild’s Epic Fremont journey includes full days in the saddle, riding primitive singletrack through the Fremont National Forest. Cog guides have spent years researching routes to design a dream epic trip in the wild Fremont. With many of the trails we will ride not found on maps, the only way to experience serious singletrack bliss in the Fremont is with Cog Wild. Join us for our annual Fremont trip for some epic riding and serious fun!
- Maximum of 12 guests per tour with 2-3 guides.
- Long days of riding
- Experts only
- 185 miles, giddyup
- Final camp at a beautiful remote hotspring
- An awarding adventure
Tour Planning Details
2012 Tour Dates
September 10-14 – Open to 12 riders only. Due to reasons outside of our control, the Fremont National Forest is unable to issue permits for the 2012 season. For those interested in this tour, please contact Cog Wild, the more feedback we can share with the Forest Service that people want to ride, the better our chances they will try to issue permits again in 2013.
$725 Per Person
* 4 nights of camping, last night at Summer Lake Hot Springs.
* 3 Full days of riding, two half days transporting to/from the Fremont.
* Every fabulous meal from dinner on Sunday to breakfast on Thursday. Great food!!
* Transportation to and from Bend, shuttles at start & end of ride & gear transfers.
* 3 Cog Wild guides to spoil you.
* Cog Wild t-shirt
* Deschutes Brewery Beer
* An experience you will never forget and the right to tell friends you were on the 2nd ever Fremont tour!!
Bike rentals, but check out our rental page for your options.
100+ Miles over three days.
Advanced Riders Only. Each day is 6-8 hours of riding remote trail with lots of climbing, great downhills and many opportunities for the unknown! Every rider will need to pass a phone or email interview before getting the OK to join this tour.
Our trip will include singletrack, wagon trail and some fire roads. The trail is in great condition where cleared properly from a major 2002 forest fire. Other sections can be more primitive. Some days might include some route finding, bike carrying and water fording. Roots, rocks, switchbacks, exposure & buff trail are all on the menu.
Note: Wildlife such as black bear, cougar, elk and many others call this area home, us mountain bikers are merely visitors.
Sunday, Sept 12 - Pre-Day: Everyone meets at Cog Wild office at 4:00pm, ready to throw you and your belongings in our van to hit the road. We will arrive at our camp site by 6:30, set up and eat dinner by the campfire. After a round of Deschutes Brewery beer, dreams of primitive single track soon to follow…
Monday – Day One: After an early breakfast in camp, we’ll head out. 8 miles and a strenuous climb will bring us to the summit of Yamsay Mountain at 8,200’. From an old Forest Service lookout site we descend all the way to the valley floor at 3800′. Best part: the day’s ride is not over! We continue with a rolling climb up over 2,500′ to our next destination at the top of Hager Mt (at 7,200’ elevation) for more amazing views. The days ride ends with a fast and fun 2,200′ descent to camp for the night. After gorgeous views at both summits, zoomy singletrack, old growth trees and amazing rock walls; we expect everyone to be grinning ear to ear by the time we hit camp. Beers around the fire never tasted so good!
Climbing: +/- 6,000′
Descending: +/- 6,600′
Mileage: 32 miles
Tuesday – Day Two: Today’s ride includes a few interesting creek crossings (no bridges) and a good climb of 2,000′ to the top of Winter Rim and on to Fremont Point, the site of another former lookout. The fires of 2002 consumed this area of the forest almost completely but the re-growth is incredible.From Winter Rim we will be standing on an edge 3000’ above the valley floor and Summer Lake, to the East below. Beyond Fremont Point we will continue towards the reward of the day: an seemingly unending 15 mile downhill all the way to our campsite along the Chewaucan (say “She-WALK-in”) River where large native trout remain hungry year-round. Another full day on the bike, we can look forward to more amazing riding on day three while enjoying a great dinner around the campfire.
Climbing: +/- 3800′
Descending: +/- 4200′
Mileage: 33 miles
Wednesday – Day Three: We’ll rise early for the final and longest day of the trip. The first part of the day includes climbing 6,800′ to summit both Morgan Butte and then Round Butte covered in beautiful wildflowers. Rolling trail continues through beautiful native Ponderosa forests which were spared by the fires, ending at Cox Pass where we celebrate the end of climbing. Our reward is a long and fast five mile downhill to a remote trailhead at the Southern terminus of the West section of the Fremont NRT. Final camp will be at rustic Summer Lake Hot Springs, “the quietest place on earth”. The perfect end to a grand bike trip!
Climbing: +/- 6,800′
Descending: +/- 4,000′
Mileage: 35 miles.
Thursday – Travel Day: After breakfast and one last soak in the springs, we will drive back to Bend, returning around lunch time. This should give everyone ample time to drive or fly home, or settle into local digs in Bend.