Trail Closure Updates for Phils Trail area

Restoration Work near Phil’s Trail area

Popular mountain biking trails will be temporarily closed.

You may have noticed some activity in the forests west of Bend. Restoration work (thinning, mowing, and prescribed burning) near the Phil’s Trail area aims to put the forest on a trajectory to grow healthier trees, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. In order to keep bikers, hikers, dogs, kids, and logging operators safe, some trails are temporarily closed while this important work is being done.

Updated: March 9, 2022

Earlier this year, contractors began selective logging in the Euro Stewardship contract area within the West Bend Project. They will also use large mowers to reduce the height of flammable understory fuels such as brush and small trees, which decreases the potential impacts of a wildfire.

Beginning Thursday, March 10, 2022, some trails and roads on the Deschutes National Forest will be closed for the safety of forest users and timber operators while timber harvesting and forest restoration work continues in an area west of Bend.

The roads and trails, located in the popular Phil’s trails area, will be closed to all visitors, including all trail users.

Trails temporarily closed Monday – Friday (see map below):

  • Lower Whoops, Pine Drops, EXT, and Storm King from the junction with COD to the junction with Phil’s Trail.
  • The western-most portion of Phil’s between the junction with EXT (near Forest Road 300) and its western terminus at the junction with Pine Drops, Upper and Lower Whoops, and Skyliners trails
  • Forest Service Roads 320 and 322 will also be closed.

PLEASE OBEY SIGNAGE: Your cooperation with these temporary closures will mean the contractors can work safely and more efficiently, ultimately resulting in the trails being reopened sooner.

Trail closures near Phil’s Trail network west of Bend, Oregon from October 16, 2021.

Please use caution!

  • Operators working on large equipment cutting and moving trees in the unit cannot see people walking or riding through the area and may not be able to prevent an accident. Mowing can cause debris to hurl over 500 feet from the equipment.
  • Given these safety hazards, the Forest Service has implemented area closures, which remain in effect Monday – Friday.
  • This is a great opportunity to check out some of our other nearby trails, including Horse Butte, Horse Ridge, Cline Buttes area (Maston, Juniper, Tumalo Canals – Between Tumalo and Eagle Crest), Peterson Ridge (Sisters), Radlands (Redmond), Lower 66 (Prineville) and Grey Butte/Skull Hollow (Smith Rock) We’ve compiled a general list of alternate trails HERE

What will it look like in a few months to a year?

The Euro Stewardship contract area is one portion of the 26,000-acre West Bend Project within the Deschutes National Forest and is located within the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration boundary.

The West Bend Project was developed in collaboration with our Steering Committee, the Deschutes National Forest, and a number of community stakeholders including COTA, BendTrails, City of Bend, and Deschutes County. We have worked together from the very beginning of designing, through planning, and now to implementation. The West Bend Project is designed to restore forest ecosystems, creating a diversity of plant and wildlife habitat, reduce the risk to our community from high severity wildfire, and provide economic and social benefits to our local community.

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